We are very pleased to announce that we will be visited by Sarah Ward of Sussex Wildlife Trust on Wednesday 2nd May.
Club opens at 7pm as usual, presentation to start at 8pm.
Sarah works for Sussex Wildlife Trust, she is the local co-ordinator for the Seasearch programme here in Sussex, she will be giving us a presentation on the work being carried out in our area, and about the Seasearch Observer course available for you to sign up to, which will enable you to join the Seasearch dive team on organised dives. This presentation will take place at Club Night on Wednesday 2nd May, please let us know if you are coming along so we know how many of you will be squeezing in to the classroom 😉
A Seasearch Observer course is running and available to you in mid-May, you could take part in this course, there are some pre-requisites, please see below. It is a two part course with classroom based training taking part of Saturday 12th May, with qualifying dives on Sunday 13th May.
The classroom course has lots of availability at the moment, however at date of writing this post, there are only 4 spaces left on the RIB for the qualifying dives on the 13th, however if there are a fair number of you interested, further dives will be organised. If you are definitely wanting to complete on that weekend, we suggest booking via the Sussex Seasearch webpage asap.
NB. The requirements for joining the dives are:– PADI AOW diver / BSAC Sports diver / equivalent– 20 dives total – 10 in UK (or similar conditions– Third party diving insurance– Diving medical or self-declaration
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.