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Seasearch Observer Course

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Tutors: Dawn Watson and Rob Spray

Date: 4th (Course) and 5th (Diving) July 2009

Time: Saturday 9:30 - 4:30, Sunday TBA

Location:  Theory - TBC - Sheringham Oddfellows hall - hall information
                    Diving - TBC - shore diving off Sheringham - weather dependant

Outline: This course will introduce the Seasearch project and the techniques volunteers should use to record marine life on the their own dives. There is coverage of habitiats and species they may encounter in their dives around the UK. The course is theory based with with optional dives to reinforce information and complete the supervised portion of the qualification.

To complete the Seasearch Observer qualification you need to make 5 dives and return Observer forms from them. The first 2 are made where a Seasearch tutor can assess  your forms on the spot, the next 3 can be independant but are passed via a tutor to check accuracy. So you can be ready to contribute to the project after just a couple of weekends diving.

Seasearch Observer is recognised as an SDC by the SAA and in the process of acceptance as a SDC by the BSAC.

Min 10 - Max 20 students

Course:    35 each (including course materials and refreshments) or 15 as a refresher
Diving:     Shore diving is free
Parking at attendees own cost

A cheque for 35 (or 15 for refresher) is required to secure a place

Agenda (guide only):

09:30    Arrive and register
10:00    Session 1
11:00    Break
11:30    Session 2
12:30    Lunch
13:30    Session 3
14:30    Break
15:00    Session 4
16:30    End
19:30    Evening meal (optional)

TBA - Likely to be an early start :-)

Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits are included for breaks
Meals are not included, a packed lunch for both days will allow the most flexibility for dive planning.
If you would like to join the group meal on Saturday night please inform the organiser.

The diving is optional, 2 observed dives are required to progress, it's best get them done  now if you can. Inviting a tutor on a dive you arrange is another plan to consider if you can't stay for the diving. The plan is shore diving at Sheringham itself, these are shallow (5-10m) and close to shore but require a walk (200m) and surface swim (50-100m)
Local airfills are not always available - bring 2 cylinders if possible - many people could make both dives on one 12 litre cylinder

Normal Seasearch qualification requirements apply for divers taking part - Minimum Sport Diver, 20 dives, 10 in UK

Dawn Watson
1 Town Houses
Yoxford Road
IP17 2LX

Phone: 01728 660 598
E-mail: seasearch at

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Constructive comments and corrections are welcome, as always :-)

Rob and Dawn