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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonPostgraduate study

Get involved in diving

There is ample opportunity for competent divers to become involved with much of our underwater research on a voluntary basis. There are undergraduate, MSc, PhD and staff projects needing help from divers each year.

Diving with Ocean and Earth Science as a volunteer requires an appropriate qualification and evidence of medical fitness to dive as specified by your diving organisation (BSAC, PADI, etc). Being employed as a diver requires an HSE medical certificate, which must be renewed annually.

To carry out useful tasks underwater, diving skills need to be second nature. If you are inexperienced or have not dived recently, you should practice with a local diving club or dive school (we can suggest options). Ocean and Earth Science does not provide basic diver training or recreational dives.

Ocean and Earth Science dives take place on weekdays and at weekends. You will need to be able to arrive with all the kit you need, on time, at the meeting place (usually the National Oceanography Centre Southampton - NOCS - or elsewhere in Southampton). Other divers may be able to help with personal logistics - get in touch via noc-diving.

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