Advanced Field Course


Advanced Field Course

Please note: There will be no courses offered in 2017 due to restructuring measures.


Open for all students:

Module "Marine Biology Diving Skills - Advanced Field Course"

(For general information and the description of the module for beginners "Basic Field Course" click here)


Outline of the Advanced Field Course**

This 3-weeks module consists of two parts: In the first half the participants strengthen their capabilities in SCUBA diving, with emphasis on diving as a scientific method in bio- and geosciences. It starts with a 10-days intensive course for advanced divers. During the full-day program the students are trained in three specialties: Rescue, Navigation and Deep Diving including the preparaton for the 2-Star-Silver-Diver exam. The training follows the regulations of EU standards (EN14153-3/ISO24801-3 - Level 3, part I) and is certified by the German Association of Diving Instructors (VDTL e.V./cedip) and the German Association of Sports Divers (VDST/CMAS).

After having successfully passed the 2-Star Diver exam the students join the well-approved course "Methods of Underwater Research" which since 1996 more than 200 young scientists had been attending. The course provides the unique possibility to learn the planning, preparation and safe realization of a scientific project under water step by step. Safety is one of the main topics, so risk assessment and prevention play a significant role. During training dives the participants fulfill tasks of increasing complexitiy to learn the use of various sampling techniques, the use of measuring tapes, ropes and grids as well as the handling of heavy loads and lifting devices. For documentation and data gathering writing slates, photo and video cameras are introduced. The results are assembled in an illustrated final report and a video clip. This hands-on course provides students with the relevant tools to plan, safely conduct and successfully accomplish their own underwater research project within their personal limits.

The students are requested to record and document their observations and measurements in the field and in the lab in order to produce a final report.

More informationen on the course "Methods of Underwater Research".

Recommended Literature (all available in our library on Elba)

Heß M. (2010) Learn to dive 1,  Verband Deutscher Tauchlehrer e.V., Hofmann, Schorndorf.

Heß M. (2010) Tauchen lernen 2: Ein Lehrbuch des Verbandes Deutscher Tauchlehrer e.V., Hofmann, Schorndorf.

NOAA Diving manual. (2010) Diving for Science and Technology, 4th rev. Edition. NOAA. Best Publishing Company, Palm Beach Gardens, FL.


1-Star-Diver Bronze diving certificate or equivalent (Open Water Diver).

Minimum 9 additional logged dives after 1-Star-Diver/Open Water Diver certification.

Current dive medical certificate with clear statement "fit for SCUBA diving" (no restrictions). Validity: persons under 18 or over 40 years of age: 1 year; persons from 19 to 39 years old: 3 years. A standard form can be requested by e-mail.

Spending all day outdoors at the Mediterranean with heat, sun, wind and seawater can be quite strenuous, especially in summer. General good physical fitness is requested.

Target group      

Students of bio- and geosciences, engineering, archeology, and related subjects. People interested in scientific diving.

Requirements for graded certificate/ECTS

Successful exam as a 2-Star-Bronze Diver VDTL.

Planning and accomplishment of a 2 to 3-day project in teamwork.

Written final report.

The module "Marine Biology Diving Skills - Advanced Field Course" will be rated 6 credit points.

With additional work (e.g. more detailled course report, presentation at home university) some universities give more credit points for the participation in the course.

Aims of the course

The participants will be certified as 2-Star-Bronze Diver and will strengthen their competence to autonomously plan and safely conduct a scientific project under water within the limits of their knowledge.

The participants will gain an overview over the various field methods for measuring, sampling and documentation under water. 


Price Advanced Field Course**

EUR 1880,-

Participation is only possible as a certified SCUBA diver. Please make sure you meet the pre-requisites mentioned above. If in doubt, please contact us by e-mail.

Please note our 2013 group rates: a group of 5 gets 10% discount - if you book a group of 10 you get even 20% off!


Included services

21 nights in group appartements dormitory-style (self-catering),

10-day advanced SCUBA diving course with specialities Rescue, Navigation, Deep Diver and examination for 2-Star-Silver Diver (VDTL/cedip or VDST/CMAS),14 dives in total;

complete course "Methods of Underwater Research" with 8 dives,

full diving gear rental.



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