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Country: Finland
Scientific diving is regulate by: Law (Finnish Ministery of Education)
ESDP member: Full member
Officialy designated expert(s) and authority (if implemented) responsible for scientific diving in country: Finnish Scientific Diving Steering Association (Suomen tutkimussukelluksen ohjausyhdistys)


Contact person: Jouni Leinikki (jouni.leinikki_(at)

Type of authority: NGO established by the Finnish scientific diving community. The FSDSA is recognised by the National Examination Board for Professional Diving as the advisory body for matters of scientific diving.

National certification organisation / authority for scientific diving: Examination board for professional diving

Contact person: pekka spinkkila_(at)

Type of authority: Nationally legalised authority by the Finnish Ministry of Education

National gouvernmental agency providing the legal background for scientific diving: Finish Ministery of Education
National licence for scientific diving: National licence: "Tutkimussukeltaja" - A subtype of the professional SCUBA diver class, compatible with the International Diving Schools Association (IDSA) Level 1 certificate (see example here).
National regulations: VEDENALAISEN RAKENTAMISEN JA TUTKIMUKSEN TURVALLISUUSOHJEET 3.5.2009 (available upon request from the Finnish Scientific Diving Steering Association-)

English version: Safety intructions for Underwater Construction and Research May 3rd, 2009 (not yet available as full-text translation),

ESD/AESD issuing authority respectively authority providing national equivalence list to ESD/AESD: Finnish Scientific Diving Steering Association

Contact person: Jouni Leinikki (jouni.leinikki_(at)

Application form available at: Upon request from the Finnish Scientific Diving Steering Association

Type of ESD/AESD certification: Personalised ESD/AESD cards.

Level of acceptance of scientific diving licences (i.e. ESD/AESD certificates) of other European countries: ESD/AESD certificates of EU countries listed as full members in this equivalence list are fully accepted as scientific divers.
Additional remarks: none
Last modified according to national contributions on x by (y): 29.09.2013(pf)