So what is Seasearch and why should it interest me?
Well here are a few things to consider:
Could my diving be more interesting?
While I am diving could I do something to help conserve the creatures I see?
What am I actually looking at?
Where can I find some of the colourful things that I see in dive magazine photos?
How far do I need to travel to explore new seabeds and encounter creatures very different to myself?
Check out the Seasearch website.
Please contact us if you would like to book on a Course or are already a Seasearch Diver.
UK regional members are welcome.
The minimum age for Seasearch dives is normally 18 and the minimum qualification is Advanced Open Water (PADI)/ Ocean Diver or equivalent (BSAC) and divers must have 3rd Party/ Public Liability Insurance and ensure all documents including a current Medical disclaimer.
are available for inspection.
On dives all divers must carry a dive computer personally, SMB & reel, torch, dive slate and cutting tool.
COURSES & SEASEARCH TRAINING FROM A UK PERSPECTIVE
Seasearch diving and recording is carried out by volunteers. Many of them have a professional background in marine biology and conservation but many do not and are self-taught naturalists. The document sets out the processes which are used to assure the quality of Seasearch data so that they can be used by professionals with confidence.
Seasearch Training Programme Training is available at three levels to all participants.
Observer Level – this is aimed at volunteers without previous experience of marine recording in British and Irish waters. It comprises a one-day course followed by two survey dives where the individual records are reviewed and discussed with a tutor. The Observer qualification is awarded after completion of a further 3 survey forms.
Surveyor Level – this is aimed at experienced Observers and others with previous relevant experience. The training comprises a two-day course which involves the completion of two Survey Forms (one from video and one from an actual dive). The Surveyor qualification comprises completion of a further 5 Survey forms, two of which are supervised
by a Seasearch tutor, and the completion of an ID test.
Specialist level – this is aimed at experienced surveyors to either increase their skills in survey methodologies or individual groups of plants and animals. Courses are workshop style and are led by experts in their field. They are often attended by professional biologists as well as Seasearch surveyors.