Science of Diving is one of the Semester 4 options for Marine Biology and Aquaculture BSc students.
SCUBA diving is an important tool for marine biological research and for commercial uses in aquatic environments. It is also an ever increasing recreational activity. The use of diving in scientific activities is a specialist activity requiring both theoretical and practical training. It is also becoming the subject of greater regulation in research and industrial use, requiring HSE (Health and Safety Executive) diving qualifications as a minimum in the UK.
HSE diving qualifications can usually be obtained upon graduation at considerable personal expense. The Science of Diving course at Stirling offers a purely theoretical, taught module which will count as SCQF credit towards the BSc degree.
At the end of the taught course you will have a strong theoretical knowledge of diving physiology, practice, and safety for scientific investigation, and will be able to design and apply methods of underwater survey and environmental assessment, to carry out scientific investigations.
Lectures will be complemented by practical sessions which will train you in the use of diving equipment and survey techniques.