At The Shipwreck Survey we provide training in the study, documentation, and excavation of underwater archaeological sites. We do this through field schools and expeditions that are open to students and archaeology enthusiasts of all levels.

We have an active biannual field program on St. Eustatius in the Dutch Caribbean. In addition, several expeditions to exotic locations around the world are organized every year.

Participants have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of underwater archaeology: from expedition-style diving to discover shipwrecks, to the mapping and excavation of sites, and artifact conservation and analysis.


The ocean is earth’s last great frontier. We have explored less than five percent of the world’s seas. Yet UNESCO estimates there to be three million shipwrecks spread across ocean floors around the planet.

Besides shipwrecks, there exist countless other submerged archaeological sites such as docks, warehouses, harbors, and even entire sunken cities.

Careful and detailed study of these sites can reveal a wealth of information and countless new insights into our ancestors’ complex relationship with the sea.


Are you ready to be completely immersed in underwater archaeology? Everyone with a basic SCUBA certification, such as PADI Open Water, can join our expeditions and field schools. Visit the join us section to learn more about the programs we offer or send us an email to sign up!


“The course provided an outstanding opportunity to gain practical field experience under water. The combination of theoretical and practical experience linked with the history of St. Eustatius provided a well-rounded educational experience that was both challenging and rewarding. The field school was very well organized, logistics were excellent and it included a nice balance of participants that made for a wonderful experience” – Duncan Curd

“The St. Eustatius underwater archaeology field school was great and ran very smoothly. The structure of the field school allowed us to partake in the archaeological method fully, from briefings and seminars about the island’s history, to site documentation, artifact conservation and analysis, I was able to take away what a functioning archaeological project looks like. In addition, St. Eustatius is a beautiful island with a lot of history, a great place to learn underwater archaeology.” – Francis Mahon