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Reef Check

Reefcheck is both a methodology (coral reef monitoring, data recording and submission) and an organisation. Reef Check has introduced two courses which concerned divers can take:


Discover ECO DIVER

In essence the Discover Reefcheck program introduces divers to the world of coral reef monitoring and data recording. The 1-day program allows divers to experience the dynamics of reef monitoring and provides a foundation for the full Reefcheck Ecodiver Certification course. This involves one dive.


The cost of the dive is 5,500 Baht, more info can be found in out PDF on our downloads page.

International Association for Handicapped Divers

REEF CHECK ECODIVER COURSE

The Reef Check Ecodiver course will open your eyes to the underwater world and you will see it in a whole different light. The ECO diver course is a 4 day program that allows divers to participate in Reefcheck surveys and submit data to Reefcheck scientists in preparation for submission to the Reefcheck Database.


The course is very in-depth and will leave you never looking at the reefs in the same way. The Eco Dive course will allow you to join the Reef Check monitoring team and assist in underwater surveys around the world.


The EcoDiver Course provides training in globally standardized Reef Check methodology. You'll learn how to identify different types of coral formation and to access whether they are healthy or damaged.

You'll identify key indicator fish and invertebrates selected by Reef Check for global monitoring and find out how to collect data that can be submitted to ReefCheck's global reef-monitoring database.


Reef Check Ecco Scuba Diver course includes a buoyancy check dive not just to refresh your buoyancy skills but teach you new methods of moving in the water.


Prerequisites

The student diver is required to be a Advanced Open Water or equivalent (or above) with 25 dives minumum. This dive costs 20,000 Baht.

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I have to say this was probably one of the most interesting course's Iíve ever done in my 9 years as a diver and for sure I will certainly be looking at reefs in a different way when diving.

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Course Program:


Day One

Classroom


  • Registration.
  • Ecodiver Introduction Powerpoint Presentation.
  • Ecodiver Methods DVD.

An introduction is given to the world of reefs and their importance to local communities and stakeholders. An introduction, background and the importance attached to the reef check system of coral reef monitoring as identified by local government, national government and the international community. An overview of the reef check system is given, the prerequisites, the Reef check course standards and performance requirements.


Water


  • Buoyancy Practice (As required).
  • ID Practice: Fish, Inverterbrate, Substrate.
  • Coralwatch Introduction.

Day Two

Classroom


  • Ecodiver FISH ID Powerpoint Presentation.
  • Ecodiver Introduction Inverterbrate ID Powerpoint Presentation.
  • Ecodiver Introduction Substrate ID Powerpoint Presentation.
  • Site Selection.

Water


  • Fish Survey Practice
  • Inverterbrate Survey Practice
  • Substrate Survey Practice

Day Three

Classroom


  • Fish ID Photo Test.
  • Inverterbrate ID Photo Test.
  • Substrate ID Photo Test.

Water


Full Survey conducted on one of our dive sites.

Day 4

Classroom


  • Data Entry from Survey.
  • Project AWARE specialty course.
  • Reef Check Ecodiver certification formalities completed.

*Reef Check materials include: Reefcheck Crew pack including Folder and student manual (CD Rom version).