After pionner actions (since 1970’s / cf. N.C. Flemming) 3 major steps in the development and validation of these initial competency level standards:
- 1997: EU ‘Isola d’Elba’ Course/Seminar for the Instructors of European Scientific Divers
- 2000: Banyuls-sur-Mer’s ESDC workshop | endorsement of the ESD and AESD standards by 15 European countries
- 2008: Creation of the European Scientific Diving Panel supported by the European Marine Board
Several workshops held in Brussels (DG XII - Marco Weydert)
MAST-III: a European Union R&D programme in the field of marine science and technology
A group of experts in Scientific Diving is created whose task was to develop a set of procedures (Standards) to ensure the mobility of certified scientific divers inside EU countries
Countries represented were FR, PT, BE, UK, GR, DE, IT and IE. World Underwater Federation (CMAS) was invited to the first meeting
Training, working and safety standards for scientific divers (co-ordinator: Marco Abbiati).
funded by DG XII, MAST 1994-1998, Sub-area D. Supporting initiatives, 2. Standards for training and work - 35 participants (AUS, BE, FR, GR, IE, IT, SP, UK, USA) - grant MAS3-CT96-6351 from the European Commission
The European Scientific Diving Committee (ESDC) was created and the standard further discussed. The role of NGO like EUF, CMAS, etc… (invited) has been discussed
SDC workshop - standards written for occupational scientific divers belonging to research institution or Universities or governmental institution.
supported by the French CNRS - BE, DE, ES, FI, FR, GR, IE, IS, IT, NL, NO, PL, PT, SE, UK
Presentation of the standards at the European Research Vessel Organisation
Relaunch of the ESDC action
to enhance the already existing harmonised standard and making the base for the European Scientific Diving Panel.
Initiation of an application to become a panel of the European Marine Board (European Science Foundation) by BE, FI, FR, DE, SE, UK, states where Scientific Diving was recognised by law.
Presentation : Scientific Diving in Europe: Integration, Representation and Promotion.
Overseas diffusion of the principle of promoting the European Scientific Diver and the Advanced European Scientific Diver competencies as the primary European occupational scientific diving standards.
Workshop Session 2 – Scientific Diving, an operational tool in support of science
Discussion on SD Standards (in complement of the ESDP Consultation Document on ESD./AESD Standards)
International Journal of the Society for Underwater Technology, doi:10.3723/ut.29.105
At the end of its second mandate, the ESDP leaves the European Marine Board to officially become a panel of the European Marine Station Network (MARSnetwork)
Presentation of the legal aspects of scientific diving, including the occupational scientific diving standards.
Goal: translation into 3 ISO standards of the standards of the AAUS (USA) for level 1 and ESDP's ESD & AESD for level 2 and 3
Presentation: The establishment in Europe of the Common Practices for recognition of European competency levels for scientific diving at work (ESD & AESD)