If you’re a UK-based diver and want to get kids interested in caring for the ocean, the folks at the British Sub-Aqua Club think beachcombing is a cool hobby to start with.

To that end, over the summer BSAC members, family and friends have been making the most of BSAC’s free, downloadable beachcombing course materials.

The course has been a great opportunity for parents, teachers and scout leaders to get kids beachcombing and rock pooling safely on Britain’s beaches. The materials are free to all (not just BSAC members), so why not make the most of this free, fun and educational activity to do with kids?

The move by the UK’s national governing body for scuba diving and snorkelling has been made to encourage families and other caretakers of young children to enjoy the British coastline.

The BSAC Beachcomber course is designed to introduce young people (and those young at heart!) to the British seaside and to help them discover all the wonderful and weird creatures that can be found in rock pools.

The Beachcomber course teaches young people:

* How to enjoy and respect beaches and the seashore environment
* About the marine life you can find at the beach
* How to stay safe on the seashore

Through this guided activity children can learn safety elements including a little about tides, weather, silt sands and to understand which species should not be touched to help them have a better understanding of how to have fun safely.

Beachcomber can easily be taught by parents while enjoying spending quality time with their children at the seaside. It can also be used by schools, Scouts or Brownies, or even local BSAC scuba diving and snorkelling clubs to create more family-friendly group activities.

Responsible adults should read BSAC’s free Beachcomber guide. They can then use the Beachcomber course to have free, safe and informative fun on the beach with their little ones.

(Photo credit: BSAC)