Reef Check Ecodiver training

Duration: 3 days

 

The 3-day Reef Check Ecodiver course allows participants to learn how to assess the health of coral reefs by following a globally standardised survey procedure, as set out by Reef Check. Reef Check is the world’s largest international coral reef monitoring programme, involving volunteer recreational divers and marine scientists. This fun course is a great way to learn more about tropical coral reefs, while also allowing you to contribute to citizen science. After completion of the course, participants are eligible to join Reef Check surveys around the world. The course consists of one theory day (6 presentations) and two practical days (6 dives).

 

We also offer the 3-day Reef Check Ecodiver Trainer course that enables participants to learn how to teach the Reef Check Ecodiver course. In order to undertake this training you must be a certified Reef Check Ecodiver, have completed 9 Reef Check surveys (3 fish, 3 invertebrates & 3 substrate), and be able to demonstrate advanced buoyancy control. Please get in touch below for up-to-date rates.

Theory day

The first day of the course is spent in our comfortable classroom learning the knowledge, skills and procedures that you must master in order to complete the course. Don’t stress, our very experienced team will help you every step of the way!  You will take part in 6 informative and interactive sessions:

  • General overview of Reef Check
  • Fish indicator species
  • Invertebrate indicator species
  • Substrate assessment
  • Impact assessment
  • Survey summary

Pointy pointy dives

The second day of the course is spent practicing and honing your identification skills underwater. It is much more challenging to accurately identify fish as they dart in and out of the reef or to hover in an inverted position while searching for shrimps and urchins hidden in cracks and crevices among the reef. Don’t stress about making mistakes – it is fully expected as part of the learning process. Your calm, experienced Instructor will help you to fine tune your skills.

Pointy pointy dives

The second day of the course is spent practicing and honing your identification skills underwater. It is much more challenging to accurately identify fish as they dart in and out of the reef or to hover in an inverted position while searching for shrimps and urchins hidden in cracks and crevices among the reef. Don’t stress about making mistakes – it is fully expected as part of the learning process. Your calm, experienced Instructor will help you to fine tune your skills.

Mock survey dives

During the final day of the course you will practice the Reef Check survey procedures under the watchful guidance of your Instructor. You will work in a buddy team over multiple dives to count the indicator fish and invertebrates, make percentage cover estimates of different substrate types and identify impacts that have occurred on the reef during the last 12 months. We will provide feedback and, if necessary, get you to repeat the technique until you are comfortable and capable of participating in an actual Reef Check survey with ease!

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