Nautical Archaeology Training Workshop and Dinner

Nautical Archaeology Training Workshop and Dinner

One of the cornerstones of the shipwreck research program at the National Museum of the Great Lakes is its training program run in conjunction with the Maritime Archaeology Survey Team (MAST).  This training program has trained over 350 avocational archaeologists over the last 15 years.  The training occurs over three days: April 29-30 and either May 20 or 21. You do not have to be a SCUBA diver to take the training. Classroom training takes place at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio. In-water practice takes place at White Star Quarry in Gibsonburg, Ohio.

Over the course of three days, our Basic Workshop will teach students the basics of surveying a shipwreck.  We will cover: Ship Terms, Laws and Ethics, Research, Survey Tools, and Trilateration (the technique we use to measure shipwrecks) as well as much more.

The workshop is designed for divers and non-divers.  The work is also appropriate for novice or new divers.  The cost of the class is $170 and covers all materials needed, breakfast and lunch in April, as well as the dinner program on April 29.  Please note: this is a three day class – a full weekend in April with classroom and dry run practicals.  Then one of two days in May (20 or 21) for in-water practice. In conjunction with the training, MAST will host their annual meeting and dinner program.  The annual dinner is open to everyone. This year’s dinner speaker – Wayne Lusardi, Michigan State Underwater Archaeologist – will discuss aircraft wrecks in the Great Lakes.

Members of MAST have the opportunity to assist with the investigation and recording of shipwrecks in Lake Erie each summer. For more information, visit

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