Discover Reef Check


This course allows you to see firsthand how marine biologists conduct coral reef research and try your hand at some of the sampling techniques used in monitoring coral reefs. Whether you are a snorkeler or a diver, if you have ever wondered what it is that marine biologists do while underwater, this is your chance to find out! 

This is an introductory course for individuals to learn the basic principles of coral reef monitoring using the globally standardized Reef Check monitoring methods. The main focus is to provide insight on how these scientific techniques and equipment are applied in the field. Includes both classroom and field work.

Materials: Discover Reef Check Kit

Required Time: 1 Day

Testing and Certification:  participants receive a Certificate of Completion 



EcoDiver certification course


After the course you will able to collect valuable data to establish the status of coral reefs worldwide. This course is designed to teach you everything you need to know to conduct full scale Reef Check surveys

Day 1: Classroom presentation (EcoDiver introduction and methods) (Starts at 9:00 AM)
Academic topics (Substrate, Fish and invertebrate Identification) (Starts at 5:00 PM)
Day 2: Open Water Dive 1 (Field methods and identification practice on a coral reef) (Starts at 9:00 AM)
Day 3: Open Water Dive 2 (Reef Check survey) (Starts at 9:00 AM)

-   Reef Check EcoDiver Certification
-   Full dive equipment rental during course
-   Tea, coffee and drinking water during classroom sessions
-   Accident insurance during the course
The full course runs over 3 days, but since some of the participants may have busy schedules we try to be flexible! The course itself is divided into 4 areas:
-   Academic Training, course overview (classroom and independent study)
-   Briefing and pre-dive procedures
-   Two Open Water Dives
-   Photo identification tests

In this program you will learn all about the globally standardized Reef Check methodology as well as how to identify key indicator fish, invertebrates and substrates selected by Reef Check for global monitoring and conservation of coral reefs! This course will allow you to join the Reef Check monitoring team and assist in underwater surveys around the world.
Academic Topics
After watching the video you will be familiarize with topics such as: importance of coral reefs, the coral reef crisis (including local coral reefs), solutions and coral reef monitoring, History of Reef Check and its importance in community monitoring worldwide, EcoDiver survey methods, data sheets and Identification training. You will also become familiar with the substrate codes, target fish and target invertebrates and will understand why this information is useful to coral reef managers.
Pre-dive Practices and Procedures
Before your open water dives, you will practice buoyancy control in a swimming pool or calm coral reef location while using scuba to become aware of the level of your buoyancy skills and where you need to work to improve.

Open Water Diving
Open water dive 1
In This dive you will indicate the correct codes on your slate for different substrate types that your instructor will point out. And also will practice the fish survey and invertebrate survey.
Open water dive 2
In this dive, a 20 meter transect with measure tape will be laid out and you will demonstrate proficiency at the identification of Reef Check target species and will be confident with survey methods.

Testing and Certification
Should pass the PowerPoint and field ID test. Certification qualifies holder to participate in Reef Check surveys in the region and to submit their data to the global database. (Optional certification card is available)

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