It is our aim to share underwater cultural heritage with as many people as possible and to that end we created Diving for Non-Divers. Using robots, film and maps we bring the normally unseen into sight.
The underwater landscape is worth seeing for everyone. There are remains of ships from all periods. In Fornsök, Sweden's national cultural heritage registry, there are over 3,000 shipwrecks registered. Many of these wrecks are extraordinarily well preserved, even though many have been sitting on the seabed for several hundred years. However, many people don't realize they exist, but with this project we're seeking to change that!
The first way of providing access to these submerged objects is with the use of an ROV (remotely operated vehicle). These underwater robots are typically equipped with a camera, so whatever the robot can see, we can see. While testing the concept of Diving for Non-Divers in Dalarö, we also provided participants with a map which marked and described the wrecks we passed.
The second way of bringing these wrecks to life is through film. The films shown were accompanied by a narrator and drawings to make it easier to make sense of what was being seen.
The third way is to make guides downloadable from the web, as we did in Axmar, where there are many wrecks in very shallow water easily visible from the surface.
Finally, we've sought to share wrecks through 360-degree photography. Here is an example of the wreck of Eric Nordevall, a paddle wheeler which sank in Lake Vättern in 1856.