Last updated 11 Mar 2015


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 2015

1-3 March:  1st European Conference on Scientific Diving, from 1st to 4th March 2015 in Stuttgart

22 April: SDSC Committee London.

16-23 May: 44th Annual Scientific Meeting  of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society,  Palau, Micronesia Click here

18-20 June: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Montreal, Canada. Click here

17-21 July: International Conference on Underwater Sciences, Technology and Education, ICUSTE, Hong Kong

19-22 August: 41st Annual Meeting of the European Underwater and Baromedical Society, Amsterdam, NL. Click here


27-29 August: Hyperbaric Technicians and Nurses Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne, Australia. Click here

28 September – 03 October: AAUS Diving for Science Symposium; Key West, FL. Click here

22-24 October: Joint meeting of the United Kingdom Sport Diving Medical Committee and the British Hyperbaric Association, Birmingham

24-25 October: DIVE 2015, NEC Birmingham. Click here

4-7 November:  DEMA (The Diving Equipment & Marketing Association); Orlando, FL. Click here

11 November: SDSC Committee Meeting at CEH, Edinburgh

NB:  2nd European Conference on Scientific Diving, 9-11th May 2016 in Kristineberg, Sweden