Seasearch: Observer Training Course
9th - 10th May 2020
Are you interested in learning more about what you see when diving, and how you can help conserve our beautiful underwater environment?
Join Nat, our local Seasearch Coordinator right here at The Fifth Point!
Seasearch trains divers on how to identify and record species and habitats underwater, and then utilises that data to inform conservation requirements throughout the UK.
This is a two-day course aimed at giving divers & snorkellers 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/snorkels either on your own, with The Fifth Point or on dives organised by Seasearch partners.
During the course you'll...
- Learn about Seasearch - its aims, history and achievements
- Gain a basic introduction to the variety of marine life in British and Irish waters
- Be able to recognise and classify marine habitats
- Understand position fixing
- Learn how to fill in the Observation Form
Day 1 concludes with a 'video dive' and an opportunity to fill in a form without even getting wet! Day 2 takes us out to a local dive site to practise our new skills and fill in our first two Seasearch observation forms.
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.
At the end of 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.
£50 classroom course including course materials, and refreshments.
Lunch not included. Optional shore diving on 10th May.
More details in booking form.