Introduction to Applied Methods and Procedures for Underwater Surveying

The Center for Education and Lifelong Learning of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki welcomes you to the “Introduction to Applied Methods and Procedures for Underwater Surveying”, a 91-hour Scientific Diving course via online meetings and practical training.

Several public and private organizations are occupying divers for their research activities addressing the archaeological, biological, geological, ecological, engineering, and technological aspects, but also the communication needs of the so-called, by the UN, Ocean Science and Ocean Literacy. Putting on the map tangible or intangible features of the underwater environment is an interdisciplinary task in any scientific diving project. Moreover, geo-visualizations and storytelling can support awareness on natural and cultural matters, that remain hidden below the sea surface. This training course provides to already certified divers with the basic knowledge and skills which are required for the planning, the preparation of team members and equipment as well as the performance of underwater surveys in the context of scientific diving projects.

The Director of the Programme is Kimon Papadimitriou, Laboratory Teaching Staff at the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering / Dr Ing Rural and Surveying Engineering – Scuba Instructor. He is leading the Underwater Survey Team at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and is an expert, member of the ISO/TC228, in WG1 towards the development of standards for the training of Scientific Divers.

Start Date: 16 May 2023 (first cycle, May – July) and 15 September 2023 (second cycle, September – December)

End of the course: 11 December 2023

Duration: 91hrs

Cost: 980€


This decade is dedicated to “Ocean Science for Sustainable Development”, as many activities (mainly economic) have been oriented towards the Sea. Scientific diving is a common research practice for various disciplines related to this domain. Compliance with internationally recognized standards for safe diving activities, and with the ethics for the application of scientific methods underwater, requires relevant training.

Although diving training for other purposes (e.g., rescue, military, or technical work) including recreation is provided by the related bodies, the same is not true in the case of diving for scientific purposes. Education in scientific subjects (such as Scientific Diving) falls under the responsibility of higher education institutions.

The aim of this programme is to provide an academic framework for education on Scientific Diving. Participants are introduced to an interdisciplinary “collaboration and learning” environment, cultivated by the trainers, experts in diving, safety, surveying, archaeology, biology, geology, data analysis, ecology, oceanography, and communication.


Candidates can submit the application online here from.

Start Date:  16/05/2023

End of the course:   11/12/2023

Duration: 91 hours

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