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


Friday 20th July: Seasearch Dives in Beachy Head East rMCZ

Two dives gathering data for the Beachy Head East recommended Marine Conservation Zone. One dive will be in the Bexhill Mussel Garden area, the other will be on part of the reef system.

Location: Beachy Head East rMCZ (leaving from Eastbourne Sovereign Harbour)
Dive Sites: TBC
Time: 9am - 5pm (timings are approximate)
Price: £50


Want to get 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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