Seasearch Training

Whether you have taken part in marine recording project before or not you can add to your knowledge and experience by taking part in one of our training courses. Three types of Seasearch course are currently available:

Seasearch Observer - for divers new to marine recording in British and Irish waters

Seasearch Surveyor - for experienced recorders who want to increase the value of the results

Special Interest Courses - a range of ID and techniques courses for people who want to expand their knowledge 

 

Seasearch Observer

This is a one-day course aimed at giving divers new to the project and new to marine recording a basic grounding. At the end of the course you should be able to complete the Seasearch Observation Form and take part in Seasearch Dives either on your own, with your club or on dives organised by Seasearch Partners.

 

During the course you'll learn about Seasearch - its aims, history and achievements, a basic introduction to the variety of marine life in British and Irish waters, recognising and classifying marine habitats, position fixing, and how to fill in the Observation Form. The day concludes with a 'video dive' and an opportunity to fill in a form without even getting wet!

The course includes a course pack and identification guides and recording slates are available to purchase giving you everythng you'll need to go ahead and get started. The tutors are all divers themselves and keen Seasearchers.

A real dive isn't a part of the course but usually one is arranged locally for you to practice your techniques with a tutor on hand. Where two days are shown in the list below the course usually takes place on the first day with diving on the second.

During the course you'll get a Seasearch Qualification booklet. Once you have completed 5 forms for real (two on dives with a tutor present) you can get signed up as a Seasearch Observer.

Here is what one participant thought of the course "Most enjoyable. Wish I had done something like this years ago!" (October 2009)

The Course Programme for 2014 is now starting to emerge and courses planned so far are listed below. New dates will be added as courses are arranged and we can organise additional courses for clubs and dive centres if there is sufficient demand. Contact National Coordinator Chris Wood or your nearest Seasearch contact.

 

OBSERVER COURSES

 

date
location
contact
8th February
Flamborough, Yorkshire
22nd February
Hove, Sussex
8-9th March
Bangor, North Wales
 
15th March
Boldon, South Shields, Newcastle
12-13th April
Botley, Hants (diving from Gosport)
 
12-13th April
Truro, Cornwall
 
12-13th April
Reculver, Kent
 
26-27th April
Marloes, Pembrokeshire
West Wales Seasearch - Kate Lock
10-11th May
Plymouth, Devon
Devon Seasearch - Chris Webb
10-11th May
Donegal, Ireland
Seasearch Ireland - Tony O'Callaghan
31st May-1st June Portland, Dorset Scimitar Diving info@scimitardiving.co.uk
7-8th June
Jersey, Channel Islands
Jersey Seasearch - Kevin McIlwee
7-8th June
Islandmagee, Northern Ireland
8-14th June
Lochailine, Sound of Mull (1 day course + 5 days diving)
West Scotland Seasearch - Owen Paisley
5-6th July
Botley, Hants (diving from Gosport)
Hants/IOW Seasearch - Abbi Scott
5th July
Limerick, Ireland
Seasearch Ireland - Tony O'Callaghan

5-6th July

Sheringham, Norfolk

Seasearch East - Dawn Watson

13-18th July
Lochailine, Sound of Mull (1 day course + 5 days diving)
West Scotland Seasearch - Owen Paisley
30th-31st August Guernsey, Channel Islands Blue Dolphins - Jessi Jennings
4-5th October
Anglesey or Llyn, North Wales
North Wales Seasearch - Liz Morris/Tom Stamp
     
     
     
     

 

Seasearch Surveyor

The Surveyor Course is aimed at experienced Seasearch Observers and others with a good background knowledge of marine life and marine recording. The aim is to enable you to complete- the Seasearch Survey Form which is used on most of the expeditionary Seasearch dives and which gives much more detailed information for future conservation purposes.

The course lasts two days and includes a dive on the second day. The Course content is an expansion of the Observer Course and covers a much wider range of marine life and habitat classification. Again we use video on the first day and you fill in practice forms both from the video and from the dive itself. The course is assessed and successful participants can carry on and become Seasearch Surveyors after completing a further five forms and an ID test.

The Surveyor Courses planned so far 2014 are listed below. Others are in the planning stage. If you want to attend a course in an areas not listed below then please contact your local coordinator or let us know at chris@seasearch.org.uk and we will try to arrange courses to meet demand.

 
SURVEYOR COURSES
 
date location contact
3rd-4th May Porthkerris, Cornwall Cornwall Seasearch - Cat Wilding
31st May - 1st June
Jersey, Channel Islands
Jersey Seasearch - Kevin McIlwee
14th - 15th June North Wales North Wales Seasearch - Liz Morris
28-29th June Eyemouth, Borders Seasearch North-East - Paula Lightfoot
12-13th July Kenmare, Co. Cork Seasearch Ireland - Tony O'Callaghan

 

Special Interest Courses

In addition to the Observer or Surveyor Courses we arrange special interest courses including general marine life identification as well as courses in things like fishes, seaweeds, anemones/corals and sea slugs. We can also run survey skills weekends for people who want to join in specialist projects.

To give you an idea of the level of each course (as they do vary) each course is identified as A (Advanced), Intermediate (I) or E (Everyone):

Advanced courses assume some previous knowledge of the topic and concentrate on expanding that - most suitable for those already recording at Surveyor level.

Intermediate courses are for people with some existing knowledge which they want to improve on. They are most suitable for people wanting to become Seasearch Surveyors.

Everyone courses are designed for those just starting out on marine life ID and want to improve their knowledge or cover techniques and surveys that any competent diver can get involved with.

Most of the courses include diving but you can usually take part without diving if you wish. The programme of courses for 2014 is still being planned and more events will be listed below as dates become available.

date topic location tutor contact
3rd-5th April Marine Invasive Species (E) Isle of Man Liz Cook (SAMS)
10th-11th May Marine Life ID (E) Portaferry, Northern Ireland Claire Goodwin and Charmaine Beer Seasearch NI - Beatriz Gonzalez-Fernandez
15th May Intro to Marine Invertebrates(E) Kinsale, Cork Tim Butter Seasearch Ireland - Book Here
31st May-1st June Sponge ID (I) Marloes, Pembrokeshire Jen Jones & Kate Lock West Wales Seasearch - Kate Lock
7/8th June Marine Life ID (E) Swanage, Dorset Paul Biggin & Gerry Casey South-East MCS - Booking Form
7/8th June Seaweed ID (E) Eyemouth, Borders Greg Kenicer &
Jane Pottas
RBG Edinburgh - Further Info and Booking Form
14th-15th June Fish ID (E) Newquay, Cornwall  Frances Dipper Cornwall Seasearch - Cat Wilding
5/6th July Marine Life ID (E) Swanage, Dorset Paul Biggin & Gerry Casey South-East MCS - Booking Form
12/13th July Ascidian Workshop (I) Portland, Dorset
 David Kipling
 Dorset Seasearch - Charlotte Bolton
2nd-3rd August Marine Life ID and Ecology (I) Swanage, Dorset Paul Biggin & Gerry Casey South-East MCS - Booking Form
9/10th August Sponge Workshop (I) Portland, Dorset Jen Jones & Lin Baldock  Dorset Seasearch - Charlotte Bolton
6-7th September Nudibranch ID (E) Scarborough, Yorks Jim Anderson Seasearch North-East - Paula Lightfoot
13-14th September Sea Anemones and Corals (E) Ballycastle/Rathlin, Northern Ireland Chris Wood Seasearch NI - Beatriz Gonzalez-Fernandez
20th-21st September Photographing Marine Animals (E) Swanage, Dorset Paul Naylor South-East MCS - Booking Form
         
         
         
         

 

Course Costs

The cost of the courses vary depending on venue, costs incurred and if there is any local subsidy or diving involved. As a rough guide one-day courses cost £40 and weekend courses, including diving, £80-£90. Contact the organisers for more details.

What one participant thought:

"What a bargain for a great course" (Orkney Observer Course, Sept 2011)

 

 

 

 

 

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