PADI Marine Survey

PADI Marine Survey

Diploma



Duration: 45 Hours

Location: Marine Eco Expedition

ACADEMIC


The is to introduce divers and snorkelers to understand the survey methods for different marine ecosystems and organisms to collect the data that is used in the conservation of these species.


The goals of Marine Survey training are:

  • Describe the reef site conditions, rate the human impacts, measure the percentage of different substrate types, and count the fishes and invertebrates inhabiting the coral reef.

  • Assess the presence of sharks and human impacts in the diving sites.

  • Estimate the abundance and diversity of seagrasses.

  • Introduce the divers to state the sea turtles underwater and nesting ground on the beaches.

  • Provide the divers with the skills needed to evaluate the ecology and behaviour of endangered species of marine mammals such as dugongs and dolphins.

  • To demonstrate to divers and snorkelers how can respond to stranded marine mammals for rescue, release, and rehabilitation and standardize the data collection from a stranded animal.

  • The estimate of the vegetation coverage and root system of Mangrove trees.

  • Determine the distribution, density, and trend for marine megafauna species of dugong, dolphins, sea turtles, and sharks, besides, to assess the threats and impacts of fishing activities affecting these species.


FIELDWORK


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

PREREQUISITES & VALUE

  1. Certified as a PADI Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.
  2. Certified as Marine Biologist of MSc or Ph.D. degree in marine biology, OR certified PADI Introduction to Marine Biology Specialty Diver.
  3. Be at least (15) years.


In addition to the divers, this course may also prove valuable for:

  • Marine park rangers and management personnel.
  • Government, tourism, or environmental protection officials.
  • Executives with watersports or dive operator associations.
  • Ecotourism operators considering offering dive services.
  • Nongovernmental organization personnel involved with marine tourism.
  • Secondary and post-secondary teachers.
  • Students considering a career in the dive industry.
  • Elected officials from nations with coral reef resources.
  • Certified reef check eco diver.


PADI certificate will charge fees.

DIPLOMA STRUCTURE

UNITE 1: SHARKS


  • The importance of sharks in the marine ecosystem.
  • Threats affecting the presence of sharks.
  • A survey method used to encounter shark underwater.
  • Assess the effect of diving activities on the presence of sharks in the diving sites.

UNITE 4: SEA TURTLES


  • Role of sea turtles in the marine ecosystem.

  • Threats to the sea turtles.

  • Identification guide for sea turtle species.

  • Encounter sea turtles underwater.

  • Monitoring sea turtles in nesting ground on the beaches.

UNITE 7: QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY


  • UNEP/ CMS for Marine Mega Fauna (i.e. dugong, sea turtles, cetacean & sharks).

  • Introduction and importance of the interview survey for data gathering.

  • Interview methods and techniques.

  • Workshop training.

UNITE 2: CORAL REEF COMMUNITY


  • Important of coral reef.
  • Consideration for the survey.
  • Design of the survey method.
  • Reef fishes methodology.
  • Methodology for invertebrates and impacts.
  • The survey methods for the substrate.

UNITE 5: MANGROVE ECOSYSTEM

  • Important of mangroves for the marine ecosystem.

  • The general structure of mangroves.

  • Main threats affect on the mangroves.

  • The survey method used to assess the mangrove trees.

  • The survey method used to assess roots system

UNITE 8: STRANDING RESPONSE


  • For Marine Mega Fauna on a beach.

  • Understanding stranding.

  • Why respond and not respond to stranding animals?

  • Emergency first response.

  • Reporting a stranding event.
  • Simulation.

UNITE 3: CORAL REEF COMMUNITY


  • Important of seagrass.
  • Main seagrass habitats.
  • The general structure of seagrass plants.
  • Main threats to the seagrass.
  • A survey method used to estimate the abundance and diversity of seagrass

UNITE 6 : MARINE MAMMALS


  • Threats to marine mammals.

  • Identify dugongs through their distinct markings.

  • Recording of dugong behavioural categories.

  • Measuring the dugong feeding trail on the seagrass.

  • Ecological and behavioural aspects of dolphins.

UNITE 9: DATA ENTRY


  • Sharks.
  • Coral reefs & substrate.
  • Invertebrates & impacts.
  • Seagrasses.
  • Sea turtles.
  • Mangroves
  • Dugongs.
  • Dolphins.
  • Interview survey.

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