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Section 1. (General)
A. To promote scientific and educational endeavors in any of
the marine sciences or marine histories with the goal of obtaining knowledge for
the ultimate benefit to mankind.
Section 2. (Specific)
A. To conduct programs in conjunction with educational
institutions that will enable students to further their knowledge of the marine
sciences; while accomplishing basic research in an effort to learn methods of
increasing reproduction, population, and growth of local marine organisms.
B. To cooperate with local and national agencies in their
quest for knowledge of the marine sciences and marine histories.
C. To provide aquaria facilities for the interested visitor
to view marine specimens and partake as spectation in the continuous drama of
life under the sea and to establish a museum facility to house artifacts and
displays relating to marine archaeology and the various marine sciences and
other marine histories.
D. To operate aquaria and other museum facilities; to conduct
exhibitions and charge fees for services and admissions in connection with its
E. To unite all those who are interested in the marine
sciences as a means of promoting the study and preservation of the
archaeological remains laying underwater and to encourage and foster a
constructive public attitude towards those remains.
F. To encourage and participate in the scientific
investigation, study, interpretation, and display of archaeological remains
underwater and in the publication and distribution of the results thereof.
G. To promote the conservation and display of archaeological
sites and material underwater that are or may be threatened by destruction.
H. To promote the formation and maintaining of underwater
parks and museums (within and outside the control of the Sea Research Society).
I. To discourage the careless, unrecorded removal of
archaeological remains underwater and to exercise all possible efforts to
prevent vandalizing, trespassing, looting, and other wanton destruction of
archaeological sites underwater and the manufacture and sale of fraudulent
J. To award honorary degrees to individuals for outstanding
service and contributions in and to the educational, literary, or research
aspects of any of the marine sciences, including but not limited to marine
K. To teach diving, marine archaeology, and other marine
related sciences or histories and issue certification and/or degrees in
recognition of ability and/or achievement in same.
L. To establish, maintain, and administer a scholarship and
research fund to aid: students entering any of the marine related sciences or
histories; or individuals or organizations doing research in any of the marine
sciences or histories.
M. To organize research, exploration, and salvage expeditions
and to charge fees , and to market certain salvaged artifacts which are not
needed for display or study purposes to cover the cost of the planning,
organization, and direction of the expeditions.
N. To organize periodic conventions and/or conferences to
pursue all of the above and below stated purposes of Sea Research Society.
O. To approach all activities in an archaeologically and
scientifically responsible manner, yet still remember that the goal of any
successful company is to make a profit for its investors.
Two thirds of Earth is covered by her seas. Most
of the area they cover is still unexplored. In an effort to better educate the
public as to the wonders of the sea, Sea Research Society is now affiliated with
the International Diving Institute (IDI).
IDI now houses Sea Research Society's library and research
archives (Spence Riebe Institute of Nautical Archaeology or SRINA) at its corporate office.
SRINA's collection includes thousands of books, magazines, maps and charts. It also includes tens of thousands of prints, photographs and slides relating to sport and commercial divers and a wide range of dive related work. Students can read about and research everything from sunken treasure to the evolution of diving gear. International Diving Institute (IDI) is a state licensed commercial diving school offering classroom instruction, in-water training and certification for commercial divers.
Students can take courses relating to SCUBA instruction (from basic open-water diver to instructor level) and surface supplied diving (including hookah and helmet diving). Other commercial diver certification courses cover CPR, Hazardous Materials (HazMat), mixed gas, saturation, non-destruct testing (NDT), hyperbaric chamber operation and even shipwreck research, search and salvage.
In cooperation with SRS, IDI maintains and operates two 54" hyperbaric chambers (for recompression and decompression), one of which is fitted out for saturation diving (i.e. a dive bell can be attached to it). The other, built in the United Kingdom (UK), was certified by Lloyd's in 2004.
The International Diving Institute is licensed by the
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
, 1333 Main Street, Suite 200, Columbia, SC 29201; 803.737.2260. Licensure indicates only that the minimum standards set by the State have been met and it is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality by the State.
& Dive Training Facility
1400 Pier Side Street, Bldg 190
orth Charleston, SC 29405
Library & Research Archives (SRINA)
206B East 5th N. Street
Summerville, SC 29483
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SRINA: shipwrecks of New York, New Jersey and Delaware waters
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SRS Dr. E. Lee Spence's Sworn Affidavit on his discovery of the Civil War submarine
H. L. Hunley
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IMPORTANT LETTERS BY DR. SPENCE REGARDING HUNLEY*
Commission violates Article 1 Sections 8 & 23 of South Carolina Constitution
Audit of Hunley funds needed says Sea Research
Society's Dr. E. Lee Spence
Corps of Engineers to Spence May 10, 1975
Viewpoint (German U-Boats)
*The letters and affidavits published herein,
whether by Dr. Spence or other parties, do not necessarily reflect the official
position and/or opinions of Sea Research Society and/or the Society's Board of
Directors and/or its Board of Advisors. They are meant only as the opinion of
the individual's) who wrote the letters and/or affidavits and are published on
this site for archival, educational and reference purposes only.
Check out some of these self explanatory
diving school for underwater welding, cutting and burning IDI's 640 hour
commercial diving course meets ADC & ANSI standards for commercial diver
certification. IDI is licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher
for International Diving Institute's shallow water commercial diving program:
International Diving Institute teaches helmet diving for professional divers.
and Instructors of the International Diving Institute's The owners of
the International Diving Institute's
commercial diving school are Sergio Smith and shipwreck expert E. Lee
Course outline for surface supplied mixed gas diver's certification program
The International Diving Institute's
640 hour surface supplied mixed gas, commercial diving course is a pre or
co-requisite for taking IDI's advanced courses
such as underwater
welding, hyperbaric chamber operation.
for the International Diving Institute Posters focus on IDI's commercial
diving program, their diver training facility,
and on dive equipment such as the Mark V dive
dates for International Diving Institute's Commercial Diver Program
IDI's surface supplied mixed gas, diver training program, meets ADC,
ANSI and other
national/international standards and is state licensed.
Commercial Diving Courses The International Diving Institute's electives and advanced courses
(limited to commercial
divers and commercial diving students), includes underwater welding, cutting, burning, Haz-Mat, NDT,
shipwrecks, homeland security, rigging, hyperbaric chamber operation, etc.
Clive Cussler & Dr. E. Lee Spence and the Hunley Yahoo and other search
results for Clive Cussler, Dr. E. Lee Spence and the Confederate submarine
Diving Related Publications Gives info and hyperlinks to assorted periodicals (magazines, reports, eZines, newsletters, etc.) of interest to commercial divers and diving
Diving Institute's hyperlinks to
commercial diving industry organizations Gives info and hyperlinks to miscellaneous organizations of
importance to commercial divers and diving
Diving Institute's Links
to Diver & Diving related Clubs Gives info and hyperlinks to diving, underwater photography, spear-fishing, etc.
that may be of use to commercial divers.
links to Commercial Dive Equipment Gives info and hyperlinks to commercial diving equipment, helmets,
hyperbaric chambers, dry-suits, Kirby Morgan, etc. of use to commercial
Commercial diving links for professional divers Gives info and
hyperlinks to job
information, major commercial dive contractors, commercial diving companies,
etc. of use to commercial divers.
Shipwreck Webs hyperlinks Gives info and hyperlinks to shipwreck related web
sites of use to
Federal rules and regulations for commercial divers and diving operations
Federal Code of Rules & Regulations as applies to commercial divers,
commercial dive equipment, and commercial dive operations. This is
absolutely necessary info for commercial divers.
Weather Predictions useful to commercial divers Gives University of Michigan weather
predictions on International Diving Institute's web site. This is convenient to use
for local forecast or to plan your diving jobs.
tides and currents useful to commercial divers Commercial divers working
in areas they are unfamiliar with should
check this out for local currents and tides before going on any dive job
List_of_acronyms_commonly_used_by_commercial_divers This page gives a
useful list of
abbreviations used in the Commercial Diving Industry and links to sites
dealing with each topic.
diving library SRINA has an extensive collection of diving and shipwreck related periodicals, maps,
shipwrecks of Florida waters SRINA (IDI's and Sea
Research Society's archives/research library) has information on shipwrecks in Florida waters
(Key West, St. Augustine, Tampa, etc. All dates.)
SRINA shipwrecks of New York, New Jersey & Delaware SRINA (IDI's and Sea
Research Society's shipwreck archives/research library) has extensive
information for wrecks of New York, New Jersey and
Delaware. (All dates).
International Diving Institute's 640 hour commercial
diving course meets ANSI and ADC standards and is licensed by the South Carolina
Commission on Higher Education. We suggest you first go to the
International Diving Institute's homepage for an
overview and introduction.
THIS IS AN
INDEX TO AN OVERVIEW OF IDI's COMMERCIAL DIVING COURSE
take you to applicable section)
Anatomy and Physiology
Commercial Diving Equipment
Decompression and Treatment Tables
Diving Support Equipment
Environmental Hazards and Contamination of Diving
Inland and Coastal Diving
Mixed Gas - Surface Supply and Saturations Diving
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)
Offshore Oilfield Diving and Operations
Rigging Fundamentals / Practical Application
Safety Operations for Surface Supplied
Scuba & Surface Supplied Applications
Topside Welding and Cutting
Underwater Use of Tools and Equipment Part 1
Underwater Use of Tools and Equipment Part 2
Underwater Welding and Cutting
Underwater Use of Tools and Equipment Part 3
US Navy / US Coast Guard Pressure Tolerance Test
Welding and Cutting (topside)
Welding and Cutting (underwater)
Dr. E. Lee Spence's Sworn Affidavit on his discovery of the Civil War
H. L. Hunley
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