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URI FLP - Belize: Diving
St. George's Caye, Belize (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Winter J-Term
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Program Description:
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January 5 - January 18, 2020
The Field School in Underwater Archaeology and Research Diving Methods is a joint program in which students may choose to enroll in HIS 396 or AFS 433. Both courses will involve similar field activities, but with different focuses. In cooperation with ECOMAR and the Institute for Archaeology in Belize, students will learn underwater research techniques, conduct underwater archaeological surveys, geophysical surveys, benthic biological surveys, site assessments, mapping of historic shipwrecks and/or underwater photography for research documentation. 

Research diving is a core component of this education abroad experience.  The safety and well-being of all participants and instructors require that all individuals diving are properly certified, trained, and prepared for this environment and for the challenging nature of the program that research diving presents. Participants must have the following prerequisites:

1) All participants must hold a basic Open Water Scuba Diver certification to participate
2) Receive medical approval to participate. Further information will be provided to applicants following their enrollment into the program.
3) Must carry dive accident insurance (~$60). Participants should consider DiversAlertNetwork (DAN) as the suggested dive insurance provider. Further information will provided to applicants following their enrollment into the program.
4) Must be able to pass a swim test: 400 yard swim in less than 12 minutes, tread water for 10 minutes, 25 yard underwater swim. This swim test will be administered in early December along with a scuba diving refresher.
5) Students must obtain a current CPR and First Aid certification.

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Students will earn 3 URI credits for HIS 396: Maritime History and Underwater Archaeology Field School or AFS 433: Research Diving Methods.

Each day will include classroom time and field work accessing the local marine environment. ECOMAR will provide boats and diving supplies for scuba diving and field work activities. Other excursions include visits to Mangrove Reserve, archaeological reserves, historical sites, the village of St. George's Caye and, if time and weather permits, visits to Mayan Ruins



Students will stay in double-occupancy rooms while in Belize. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.


 Residency  Program Fee  URI Tuition  Total Cost
 In-State  $3,346  $858  $4,204
 Out-of-State  $3,346  $1,422  $4,768

Program fee includes: 
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • Health insurance
  • Diving equipment (e.g. BC, regulator, tanks, weights) will be provided for the program, (except in those instances of unique sizing).
NOTE: All fees are subject to change.

All participants are required to have their own 3mm wetsuit. It is recommended that participants also have their own personal equipment such as mask, snorkel, fins and boots.


Anya Hanson
(401) 874-6205  -
Anya Hanson currently serves as a Diving Safety Officer with the URI Graduate School of Oceanography. She regularly trains students seeking to participate in a wide range of marine biology research, as well as those enrolling in the University’s underwater archaeology field schools in Bermuda and Israel.

Rod Mather, Ph.D.
(401) 874-4093  - 
Dr. Mather is a professor of history and involved in the Coastal Institute at University of Rhode Island. His expertise includes marine archaeology, maritime history, and applied history. More specifically, he is interested in developing a GIS-based, marine cultural resource survey and inventory program for southern New England with its initial focus on Narragansett Bay. 

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