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Introduction to Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Course: Design, Building & Piloting

MADU are able to offer a variety of 1 & 2 day Maritime Archaeology Courses including an "Introduction to Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Course: Design, Building and Piloting".

Course Aims and Objectives:

This introductory course is designed to provide students with an insight into the basic design, construction and piloting of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

During this one-day course students will learn about the historical background behind underwater ROVs, before applying themselves in the design, construction and piloting of ROVs that they will build themselves.  Students will gain practical experience in designing and constructing their own ROV and following piloting trials, learn (mostly by trial & error) how to perfect their designs and hence the important basic principles behind ROVs including manoeuvrability, performance, buoyancy, etc. 

Theory and initial construction sessions will be held in a classroom with the practical trials and piloting sessions taking place in a swimming pool or similar.

Course Learning Outcomes

During the course students will be introduced to: 

Learning Outcomes:

The following example is from a course run for Nautical Archaeology Society students in October 2018 at Malvern in Worcestershire:


ROV Designing


Students designing their ROVs

ROV building Building ROVs

ROVs under construction

ROV development

ROV development

ROV fine tuning ROV fine tuning

ROV fine tuning!

A finished ROV a finished ROV
A finished ROV A finished ROV

Some finished designs

ROV commissioning ROV commissioning

ROV commissioning & testing

ROV Piloting ROV tendering
Commercial ROV

Piloting & tendering a commercial ROV

A DIY ROV A commercial ROV
Commercial ROV

A DIY ROV (top left) & Commercial ROVs

If you are interested in having a similar course run for your club or organisation, please contact us for further information.


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