Guernsey observers Course

We hold annual workshops in Seasearch Observer Training run by our Island based course tutor. Surveyor courses take place subject to demand and these are run by the National Coordinator. In 2016 this was part of our annual Reef Survey Week. Special Workshops for teachers and youth leaders interested in involving groups in inter-tidal
exploration are also run in conjunction with the Société Jersiaise, Marine Biology Group. This year we also hope to run our first specialist species workshop.
Progression & Development

Surveying the shore A particularly important factor in developing the project is that it will provide students and youth groups with the opportunity to participate on two levels: the shore_thing a junior programme and a link to the more advanced Seasearch programme.

Our aim is our own island based Shore_thing and Seasearch training coordination framework, enabling us to assist schools and youth groups: Providing opportunities, presentations, training and support for teachers or leaders, ideally enabling them to run or supervise projects themselves.
Training at Kimmeridge (c) S. Trewhella

We now have a template for our Schools Beach survey, access to a Touch tank, material based on the shore_thing and Field Study Council material templates. We are also planning an explanatory video, junior work packs, simplified observation reports, posters and identification cards. Additional support would be available through the shore_thing and Jersey Seasearch website in support of the project.

  • Membership

    Jersey Seasearch is open to anyone keen to help with our project with the necessary qualifications and diving experience. There is no membership fee but any donations or voluntary contributions are greatly appreciated. We also like our mmebers to support the Société Jersiaise since this is the source of much of our funding and general guidance.

  • We need volunteers to help us gather information which is accurate and in a form which can be added to the marlin national database and our own. Also help with processing the data, presentations and shore support is much appreciated.

    Since our island has an enormous tidal range areas lying in deep water at high become exposed particularly on Spring tides enabling us to explore and catalogue enormous areas of the sea bed.

  • At times the island doubles in size so there is a great deal of diversity of species.

  • Divers should be qualified to Advanced Open Water or the BSAC, SSI equivalents and more importantly experienced enough to deal with potentially strong currents and poor visibility. Divers must have their own Public Liability, Third Party & Accident Insurance. Equipment is not provided but we can help with weights and Tanks. A Dive Computer, Compass, Torch, SMB & Reel, Recording Slate (available for purchase) are also required. We also can obtain a slection of useful identification booklets, other goodies & gifts from the Marine Conservation Society.

  • Training at Kimmeridge (c) S. Trewhella

  • Jersey Seasearch in conjunction with Bouley Bay Dive Centre can run refresher courses for those who have not dived in the last 6 months, specialisms in photography, full-face mask, Enriched Air etc. In the Summer we can also provide guided excursions to some of our survey sites for divers and snorkelers wishing to learn about what we do and marine Conservation in Jersey.



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