Kent Seasearch is run by Kent Wildlife Trust as part of the national Seasearch programme, which is designed for recreational divers to help protect marine wildlife by recording information about habitats and species on their dives. We organise an annual programme of both survey dives and training courses.
From starfish and seahorses to seals and soft corals, Kent’s seas are packed with life, but much of the seabed and sealife around our shores has never been surveyed. Kent Seasearch aims to find out more about the marine wildlife of Kent, as well as to learn more about the various types of seabed found around Kent, and to identify important sites and species around our shores.
Seasearch dives and joining in
A programme of training courses and dives is organised in Kent each year, beginning at the start of the main diving season in the spring. Please contact Fiona White to be added to the Kent Seasearch list to receive copies of the annual programme as soon as it becomes available.
All you need to get involved with Kent Seasearch is:
- an interest in marine wildlife,
- a diving qualification (BSAC Sports Diver, SAA Club Diver, PADI Rescue Diver or other equivalent)
- a minimum of 25 dives, including 10 in UK seas, and including some in very low visibility
- a minimum age of 18 years.
Get more from your dives
Learn about our marine wildlife and how to record it. No specialist knowledge is required as training is provided. There are 3 levels of Seasearch training available from the very basics of ID upwards.
Life on the chalk
Chalk reefs form one of the special seabed habitats around Kent, and we have produced a set of two laminated cards to help divers identify some of the most commonly seen species on our local chalk reefs.
We are most grateful for the funding we have received this year for our Seasearch programme from Natural England and Environment Agency via National Seasearch, and from Biodriven.