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The NFSD have experience of contributing to scientific diving operations in many places around the world. In addition to the normal types of diving and scientific equipment, the NFSD is soon to host the BAS portable recompression chamber that will support diving operations in remote locations.
SAMS is a partner organisation in the International Arctic Marine Biology Station at Ny Alesund, Svalbard. The NFSD maintains a diving capability at Ny Alesund.
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The most recent support diving has been to examine the organic impacts of aquaculture in the Red Sea. Divers were necessary to conduct the research under the farm cages where it was not possible to deploy monitoring equipment from the surface.
NFSD has experience of Antarctic diving and has contributed to diving operations in support of marine science programmes of the British Antarctic Survey (www.bas.ac.uk). In addition, all scientific divers going to Antarctica through BAS obtain pre-deployment diving training through the NFSD.
The NFSD undertakes diving operations in support of science throughout the UK as well as some European locations. All NFSD staff are qualified to the Advanced European Scientific Diver level.