Last updated 3 Jul 2017


What is the SDSC?

In the United Kingdom, the Diving at Work Industry is regulated through the 1997 Diving at Work Regulations. These regulations are implemented through Approved Codes of Practice (ACoPs) for the main Diving at Worksectors of the Industry.One of those sectors is the Scientific and Archaeological diving sector, that as well as covering all diving at work activities in support of:

DiverSCIENCE, ARCHAEOLOGY and Diving Operations undertaken in PUBLIC AQUARIUMS.

In order to maintain an active dialogue with all the diving sectors the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who are charged with implementing the regulations, recognise one professional body that is representative of each diving sector. The Scientific Diving Supervisory Committee (SDSC) is the recognised representative body for the Scientific and Archaeological sector. The SDSC is funded by and reports to the Natural Environment Research Council.

News 2017

22-23 March: 3rd European Scientific Diving Conference; Funchal, Madeira. Click here

8-9 April: The Great Northern Dive Show; Event City, Manchester. Click here

26 April: SDSC Committee, MRC London.

12-16 September: AAUS Diving for Science Symposium; Alpena, MI. Click here


1-22 October: IVE 2017, NEC Birmingham. Click here

1-4 November: DEMA (The Diving Equipment & Marketing Association); Orlando, Florida. Click here

8 November: SDSC Committee, CEH, Edinburgh.

14th European Scientific Diving Conference, 10-12 April 2018: Orkney, UK