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.


Take part

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


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; Sussex Waters are 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.


Get Involved

For further information about Seasearch in Sussex please contact Sarah Ward or visit the Seasearch website



Upcoming Events

Beachy Head East recommended Marine Conservation Zone Dives - 16th August 2017

Seasearchers are invited to join us for a day of Scuba diving within the Beachy Head East rMCZ. The day will consist of two dives (one of which will be a drift dive) within the Zone.

Date: 16/08/2017
Time: Boat leaves at 10:15am (loading from 9am)
Location: Departure from Sovereign Harbour Marina (Eastbourne)
Price: £30

Participants are required to hold a Scuba diving certification of at least PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent) and be trained to at least Seasearch Observer level.
All divers must also have third party diving insurance and a valid diving medical certification.
Seasearch is not a diver training organisation and we insist that you do not dive beyond your previous level of experience on our dives.

Places are limited to 12 divers so it is recommended to book your place early. To book or for further information please contact Sarah Ward.