Sussex Seasearch

Seasearch is a project for volunteer divers who have an interest in underwater life, want to learn more, and want to help protect the marine environment around the coasts of the UK.

The broad aim of Seasearch is to map the sea bed found in the near-shore zone around the whole of the Britain and Ireland. Additionally, the species encountered on the dives are also recorded, building up a database of where marine life is found.

The Sussex Wildlife Trust coordinates Seasearch in Sussex. We aim to find out more about the marine wildlife of Sussex as well as to learn more about seabed types and identify important sites. Many of our dives are focused on Marine Protected Areas in Sussex.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 11th April: Seasearch 30th Anniversary Dives

To celebrate the Seasearch's 30th year we are turning back the clock and revisiting the first dives conducted under the project here in Sussex - on our return we will get together for a celebratory slice of cake at a nearby cafe / pub

Location: Selsey (Mulberry Divers)
Dive Sites: Waldron's Reef and The Hounds
Time: 0900 – 1100 (Waldron’s Reef); 1200 – 1400 (The Hounds) – timings are approximate
Price: £35 (both dives)

Saturday 12th May: Seasearch Observer course

This course is the first step towards becoming a Seasearch diver. This is a one-day classroom-based course aimed at giving divers new to Seasearch and marine recording a basic grounding in classifying habitats, identifying species and completing a Seasearch observation form.

Location: University of Sussex
Time: 0900 - 1700 - timings are approximate
Price: £40

Sunday 13th May: Seasearch Observer qualifying dives

Those participating on the Seasearch Observer course will need to complete two dives with a Seasearch tutor to complete their qualification. We have arranged dives with a tutor to enable those who wish to complete these dives soon after to do so.

Location: Selsey (Mulberry Divers)
Dive Sites: Far Mulberry and The Hounds
Time: 1230 – 1500 (Far Mulberry); 1500 – 1700 (The Hounds) – timings are approximate
Price: £35 (both dives)

Getting Involved

In order to join Sussex Seasearch you will need:

  • an interest in marine wildlife
  • a scuba diving qualification (PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, BSAC Sports Diver or equivalent)
  • to have done at least 20 dives (10 of which should be in UK waters)
  • to be at least 18 years old

You can then join the team by participating on a Seasearch Observer training course and completing five qualifying dives.

You can find more information about training courses on the Seasearch Website or contact Sarah Ward.

Any dive can be a Seasearch dive!

As the coordinator of Seasearch in Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust will organise a number of dives throughout the year for Seasearchers to join. However Seasearchers can survey on any dive they do; the Sussex Seasearch area covers anywhere east of Thorney Island in Chichester Harbour or west of Dungeness.

Seasearch forms can be downloaded from the Seasearch website. Please send your completed forms to Sarah Ward either via email or post to Sussex Wildlife Trust, Woods Mill, Henfield, BN5 9SD.

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