The Diver Archaeological Reconnaissance Cooperative (DivARC) is a new program developed by East Coast Divers (ECD), The Tactical Reintegration Project (TRP), Bridgewater State University (BSU) and the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR).

Program objectives are as follows:

  • To harness capabilities and promote growth of divers through engagement in mission-oriented, team-based scientific scuba diving missions.
  • To develop an expanding cohort of volunteer divers capable of planning and executing scientific surveys and contributing to our shared knowledge of the cultural and natural coastal resources of New England.

Selected applicants completing the core training below will earn the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) Part 1 Certification.

DRY TRAINING   –   Two session classroom evolution featuring an introduction to maritime archaeology and techniques with didactic and hands-on training.
Introduction to NAS, Maritime Archaeology and Site TypesDating Methods and Ship PartsMassachusetts Sites, Laws, and Ethics   Intro to 2D Recording: Principles and TechniquesMapping, documenting, and site map drawingMission Brief  
POOL TRAINING   -Development of competencies in task buoyancy, team communications and site mapping.                           
OPEN WATER TRAINING MISSION   –   One day evolution; Application of knowledge and skills to mapping a coastal shipwreck site.                   

Our team is currently on hiatus due to Covid-19 safety. Please check back soon for updates for the next team formation.

Minimum qualifications to apply:

Military Veteran status                          Medical clearance
At least 3 of the following:
  Advanced Open Water Stress and Rescue Dry Suit
  Night/Limited Visibility Search and Recovery Wreck

For more information, contact: divarc@thetrp.org