You can, the trick is getting your own bonafide educational institution and then following the rules to take advantage of the deductibles. If you can.
Back when mapping was...about five acronyms ago, what was it the Defense Hydrographic Agency or something? They used to encourage mariners to keep strip charts and take readings, bottom depths and locations, etc., and send them in to help provide more details on charts. Of course, the IRS won't give you any credit for that.