PADI Coral Watch Coral Health Chart

PADI CoralWatch Coral Health Chart

Course



Duration: 7 Hours


ACADEMIC


CoralWatch is a not-for-profit citizen science program based at The University of Queensland working with volunteers worldwide to increase understanding of coral reefs, coral bleaching and climate change. CoralWatch developed the Coral Health Chart in 2002. The chart standardises changes in coral colours, and provides a simple way for people to quantify coral health and contribute to the CoralWatch global database.


The goals of the CoralWatch Coral Health Chart Distinctive Specialty course training are:

  • To raise awareness about the importance of coral reef conservation and introduce CoralWatch.
  • To inform students about coral reef impacts such as coral bleaching.
  • To introduce the Coral Health Chart as a monitoring tool.
  • To provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify coral health and record data.
  • To enable students to plan, organize and execute a coral health chart survey in a safe manner for both students and the environment.
  • To emphasise the importance of Coral Health Chart monitoring activities and provide coral reef conservation opportunities through participation in Project AWARE’s CoralWatch Project.
  • To submit coral health data, contributing to science and conservation.


FIELDWORK


Minimum 4 dives on the marine eco expedition to South & St. Johns, Red Sea, Egypt for one week diving safari trip.

PREREQUISITES

  1. Diver route: - PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver.
  2. Non-diver route - snorkelers are encouraged to participate in the course but will have different administrative, certification, and in-water requirements.


Note: PADI certificate and dives will charge fees.

Course Contents & Learning Objectives


By the end of this session, you will be able to

CoralWatch

Explain what is CoralWatch. Explain CoralWatch’s mission and objectives. Explain why divers and snorkelers are important contributors to CoralWatch. Explain why action to protect reefs is essential.

Coral Bleaching

Explain the meaning of colours on coral reefs. Explain the importance of coral reef research. Explain the term coral bleaching.

Coral Reef

Explain what corals reefs are. Explain why coral reefs are important. Explain threats to coral reefs.

Coral Type

Identify coral types surveyed with Coral Health Chart. Explain why we record coral type.

CERTIFICATION

Certification recognizes that you Have been trained to organise, conduct and log Coral Health monitoring as:


  • Diver open water dives using the techniques taught in this course. These dives should be made in conditions generally comparable to, or better than, those of your training.

  • Snorkeler, snorkel dives using the techniques taught in this course. These snorkel dives should be made in conditions generally comparable to, or better than, those of your training.

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