Seasearch

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Urtecina Felina, photo by P Young

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

Contact details

Please contact Bryony Chapman or the Volunteering Team for more information

Why is seaseach important?

The information collected by Seasearch divers helps those responsible for marine activities and marine nature conservation to develop strategies which protect our marine wildlife. It has been crucial in the fight for Marine Conservation Zones, and will continue to be so!

For more information please add your name to the Seasearch mailing list by emailing Bryony Chapman.

Seals

Russ Miles

Training

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 Bryony Chapman  to be added to the Kent Seasearch list to receive copies of the annual programme as soon as it becomes available.

How do I get involved?

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.

There are 3 levels of Seasearch training available:

  • Seasearch Observer - 1 day introductory course that everyone needs to take before coming out on a Seasearch dive
  • Seasearch Surveyor - 2 day more advanced course that includes a dive
  • Special Interest courses – a range of more detailed courses, such as fish ID, nudibranch ID and sponge ID.

Each year we will run at least one Observer level course and generally a specialist course as well. Surveyor courses are run every few years, depending on interest.

Any dive can be a Seasearch dive!

Any club can organise a Seasearch dive as part of the diving programme for the year, or you can simply take a few notes on any dive and complete a form afterwards - no matter where you are, a Seasearch record will always be valuable.

If your club organises a Seasearch dive, having attended a Seasearch course, we will try to organise for a Seasearch tutor to join the dive to provide guidance on filling out the forms, and enable you to use these as qualifying forms.