Discover Scientific Diving - Reef Check

Discover Scientific Diving - Reef Check

Interested in learning more about Reef Check and how to become an active volunteer? Curious to learn about the tools and techniques used to collect good scientific data underwater?  Then The Discover Scientific Diving – Reef Check Program is for you!

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Discover Scientific Diving

This two dive program is designed to introduce divers to the protocols and tools required to collect accurate data underwater. The diving day consists of three parts – a discussion on identification tips and introducing protocols, and two dives. The first dive will teach divers how to collect data about the composition of the reef and invertebrates. The second dive will focus on kelp and urchin data collection.

Prerequisites:  You must be hold an Advanced diver certificate for PADI or other recognized agency. You must have 15 or more logged dives (5 in the last 12 months).

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Questions about Discover Scientific Diver – Reef Check

What do scientific dvers do down there?
The #1 role of a Reef Check scientific diver is to observe and gather data. Some activities include visual measuring and the counting of aquatic organisms, collecting bio or physical samples, sub surface surveys, photographing and placing scientific diving equipment.
Do you need a degree to become a Reef Check Diver?
No, scientific diving is focused on research and gathering information. However, most professional scientific divers do have a bachelor’s degree or higher and are working on specific projects.
Will this program qualify me to be a Reef Check volunteer?
No, this two dive program is designed to introduce divers to the Reef Check protocols and tools required to collect accurate data underwater. The Reef Check instructor running the program will explain to candidates how to become a certified Reef Check Kelp Forest Monitoring volunteer.
Can I cull urchins in Monterey when I dive?
No, it is not legal for non-trained divers to cull urchins in the Protected Area. Monterey Bay scuba diving sites with the highest count of urchin appear at Breakwater, Lovers Point Park, Coral Street Dive Site, and Pt. Lobos.
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Two Discover Dives

Dive one teaches divers how to collect data about the composition of the reef and invertebrates. The second dive will focus on kelp and urchin data collection.

Discover Scientific Diving - Reef Check

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Grab your credit: Dive one of this PADI Specialty can be used as credit toward your Scuba Fusion Advanced Diver certification.

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