Reef Check EcoDiver

Reef Check EcoDiver

Diploma



Duration: 20 Hours


ACADEMIC


  • EcoDiver is the volunteer who helps Reef Check to deliver its citizen science program and collect data necessary for coral reef management and conservation.

  • This course is designed to teach you everything you need to know to conduct full-scale Reef Check surveys and collect high-quality data for our global database.

  • You will learn about marine conservation issues, the role of citizen science, as well as how to identify key indicators fish, invertebrates, and substrates selected by Reef Check for assessing coral reef health. Upon completion of this course, you will join the Reef Check monitoring team and assist in underwater surveys around the world. 


FIELDWORK


  • Minimum 6 dives are required.
  • One survey at two depth contours of 3.5m and 8.5 m.
  • Daily training and on Livaboard via our expeditions.

DIPLOMA STRUCTURE

INTRODUCTION

Importance of coral reefs, environmental factors, threats, and solutions, Important of coral reef monitoring, history of Reef Check, EcoDiver survey method, and identification of target species.

FISH ID

Fish monitoring method, fish Indicators, and fish identification area.

SUBSTRATE ID

Basic Reef Check survey categories, hard coral, soft coral, nutrient indicator algae, sponge, other marine organisms, and nonliving components.

INVERTEBRATE ID

Invertebrate monitoring method, Indicator invertebrates, Impacts, coral bleaching, coral diseases, and coral damage

REQUIREMENTS

  • 15+ years old.
  • Open Water Diver.
  • 25 logged dives, including 2 dives in the past 12 months.

MATERIALS

Reef Check EcoDiver E-Kit (will be provided by the trainer as part of the course).

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TO GAIN THE CERTIFICATE


  • Pass Skills Assessment: buoyancy, swimming, safety.
  • Complete EcoDiver Course.
  • Pass a written ID test – 90% to pass.
  • Participate in a field practice and test.


NOTE: E-Materials and certificate will charge fees of $65.

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