Sound of Mull Seasearch Observer Courses and Expeditions

Ever wanted to discover more about the diverse marine life we have in Scotland? How about a weeks diving in the world-renowned Sound of Mull, all while using your diving skills to carry out real, practical marine conservation.

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This Summer Lochaline Dive Centre is hosting two Sound of Mull Seasearch Observer Courses and Expeditions. Over the course of six days volunteers will learn how to carry out underwater surverys on the marine life of the area, produce reports on what they find, and discover a whole new world of marine life in the Sound of Mull.

Dates for the two expeditions are June 8th to June 13th, and July 13th to July 19th. The first day of each expedition will cover the theory involved in surveying underwater, while the next five days will be filled with some world class diving from Lochaline Dive Centre’s hard boat Sound Diver I, putting all that theory into practice. Sound Diver is an offshore 125 and is equipped with a hydraulic divers lift and compressor on board.

By the end of the expedition volunteers should all qualify as Seasearch Observer Divers and will have contributed valuable information to the future conservation of the marine enviroment in the Sound of Mull.

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Seasearch is a project for divers who have a real interest in what they’re seeing under water, and want to learn how to help protect the marine enviroment around the coasts of Britain and Ireland. The main aim is to map out the various types of sea bed found in the near-shore zone around the whole of Britain and Ireland as well as recording the marine wildlife that lives in each area. Seasearch is coordinated by the Marine Conservation Society, and hopes to establish the richest sites for marine life, the sites where there are problems and which sites require protection around the British Isles and Ireland.

Divers will stay at Lochaline Dive Centre’s four-star accommodation at the dive lodge, with en suite bathrooms and drying room. The O2 Café at the dive centre provides the perfect place to relax and have a coffee or something to eat before or after your daily adventure into the Sound of Mull. Price for the Seasearch Observer Expedition is £510, including the course, and b&b accommodation at the dive lodge.

For booking, further information on course content and information on
required diving experience please contact seasearch.west@btinternet.com.
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