Providing opportunities for divers to get involved in scientific surveying of the South West’s seagrass beds in Looe, Plymouth, Salcombe, Torbay, Weymouth and Ringstead. Training and boat diving is provided to enable volunteer divers to help collect information on seagrass density and animal abundance among other measurements. This data will be analysed and added to annual reports to support and advise on conservation efforts. Seagrass (Zostera marina) is a threatened habitat and a feature of some MCZs so regular monitoring is important.
Why get involved in ‘Diving into Science’?
How to sign up
What happens on a dive day?
Once you have signed up to a dive day, you will be emailed a week or so before to check you can still come along. Then you will be emailed the day before with a dive plan including meeting place, ropes off time, dive site etc.
Each area (Plymouth, Salcombe, Torbay, Weymouth) has different dive boats, timings, briefings etc. Full days include 2 dives, evenings 1 dive. These are a mixture of weekdays and weekends.
I haven’t dived for a while- can I still get involved?
We ask that you do a couple of UK sea dives in the couple of months leading up to the date you want to dive with csi to ensure you feel comfortable using extra kit you’re not used to.
Is there an age limit?
No, as long as the requirements can be met, anyone under the age of 18 will have to have their forms signed by a parent or guardian.
I can’t make it to any of the scheduled diver workshops. Can I still dive with csi?
No problem, we can meet with you for a one to one session before diving, whether the day before, via video conference call or on the morning.
I have to tick ‘yes’ to one of the conditions on the medical, can I still dive?
Yes, if you can get a note from your doctor to say they are happy for you to dive.
Do I need to alter any of my dive kit to dive with CSI?
No but we recommend you add 1 or 2 kgs of weight for shallow water diving. We also recommend to service your kit before diving if it hasn’t been used for a while.
I am part of a club and a few of us want to come along, is that possible?
Yes we welcome clubs to visit the areas and can provide a bespoke training session and dive day. Just ask the relevant project officer.
I am an individual diver, do I need to bring a buddy?
No. You will have the chance to buddy up with other volunteer divers.
Can I collect scallops, crabs or other edible marine life while diving?
No. All CSI dives are no take. Anyone who collects marine life for food will be asked to put it back.
For Looe and Plymouth email firstname.lastname@example.org
For Salcombe and Torbay email email@example.com
For Weymouth and Ringstead email firstname.lastname@example.org