, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD
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.
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.