Why Join?

Are you interested in:

  1. Learning more about shipwreck disasters in Newfoundland & Labradors past?
  2. Learning how to search the historical collections in our libraries, archives, museums and on the web to discover more about specific wrecks?
  3. Learning more about how divers can damage or preserve shipwrecks?
  4. Learning how to explore our coastline for shipwrecks using the latest technology?
  5. Learning how to survey, map and document known shipwreck sites?
  6. Learning about the archaeological methods used to investigate unidentified wrecks?
  7. Learning how to get involved in shipwreck projects to put your skills and energy to work?
  8. Learning more about the roles of ships and the sea in the history of our province?
  9. Learning more about how you can help protect the heritage of our shipwrecks?
  10. Raising public awareness about our province’s shipwrecks and their history?
  11. Promoting our shipwrecks as cultural and recreational attractions to Newfoundlanders, Labradorians and visitors.

Our society offers these benefits to our members:

  • presentations on shipwreck disasters, wreck diving, marine archaeology and nautical history
  • training courses on underwater archaeology and wreck diving
  • historical research workshops
  • information on specific shipwrecks, their history and diving them
  • projects involving historical research, underwater surveying, and shipwreck protection
  • wreck diving trips
  • certification under the Nautical Archaeology Society for divers and non-divers alike

Types of Membership

Full Membership

  • Full access to all training, workshops and events run by SPSNL
  • the right to vote at the Annual General Meeting and in elections
  • the right to run for election to the Board of Directors
  • full access to shipwreck information on this website
  • full membership for a year from January 1st to December 31st is currently $40

Junior Membership

  • anyone under the age of 16
  • shall not have voting rights
  • may be given permission to access some or all of the full membership benefits, for the purposes of advancing their education if permission is obtained, in writing, from the President of the SPSNL
  • public access to shipwreck information on this website
  • free if you are under 16 on January 1st

Please download and print the SPSNL membership form. Fill out the form, sign the Code of Conduct, and mail both with your cheque to the address on the form. Or scan and email the completed forms, along with an e-transfer of $40, to

Membership in SPSNL includes membership in the Ontario Underwater Council (OUC). OUC provides SPSNL with the insurance we need to offer our activities and training.

Thank You to our Sponsors...

Silver Sponsor of RCAF Liberator Bomber

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Cultural Economic Development Program