Reef Check California Training Schedule

 
Reef Check California Training Course details:

The Reef Check California Training course is designed to provide participants with the skills and experience to accurately complete the Reef Check California survey protocol. In addition to direct survey methods, the training program will address safe diving practices, techniques of research diving, sampling design and theory, general marine ecology including species identification and interactions, and the importance of monitoring to meet marine management needs. Trainings include a combination of class room and field sessions. Following completion of the training, all participants will have the skills necessary to successfully complete the training examination allowing them to contribute data to the statewide database and will be eligible to obtain a Reef Check California Specialty Certification (NAUI).

Course prerequisites:
  • Proof of dive certification
  • Minimum of 30 logged lifetime dives
  • Minimum of 15 logged dives in California or other temperate region with water temp below 68° F
  • Minimum of 6 dives within the last year
  • Minimum age of 16 on the first day of class
  • Completion of liability release
  • Completed reading of Reef Check California training manual


Training and research materials will be provided which include the Reef Check California training manual, indicator organism ID cards, dive slates, transect line and underwater data sheets. Participants must provide all their own dive gear including weights and tanks. In addition to standard dive gear you will need a flashlight, cutting device, and clips to attach your slate to your BC. All dive gear should be well maintained and in good working order.

Recommended Dive Skills

  1. Comfortable swimming in and around kelp both at depth and on the surface.
  2. Able to keep track of your buddy, your air, and your no-deco time while engaged in other tasks.
  3. Able to dive in a horizontal position within a foot off the bottom while maintaining proper buoyancy.

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  Our public trainings have concluded for 2017. Our 2018 training schedule is expected to be available in January 2018. Please contact rcinfo@reefcheck.org to be added to our notification list. Thank you!  
 
 
  Training Classes for the General Public (new trainees only)  
  These trainings are for divers who meet the course prerequisites and have no prior Reef Check California experience.
 
 
Location Date Note Cost Status Book Now
Fort Bragg April 22, 2017 [class/pool] & April 23, 2017[field] Reef Check/TNC abalone survey training. This two day training will teach Reef Check's abalone size frequency protocol. Class session at Star Aquatic Center; 2 dives in Mendocino, location TBD $0 Closed  
Fort Bragg May 6-7, 2017 [class/pool] & May 20-21, 2017 [field] Class session at Star Aquatic Center; 4 dives in Mendocino, location TBD $100 Closed  
San Francisco July 1-2, 2017 [class/pool] & July 15-16, 2017 [field] Class session at Cal Academy; Silver Prince (6 dives) out of Monterey $300 Closed  
Monterey June 10-11, 2017 [class/pool] & June 24-25, 2017 [field] Class session at Monterey Bay Aquarium; Silver Prince (6 dives) out of Monterey $250 Closed  
San Luis Obispo /Santa Barbara May 6-7, 2017 [class/pool] & May 20-21, 2017 [field] Class session at Avila Sea Life Center; Peace overnight boat trip (6 dives) out of Ventura $250 Closed  
Los Angeles/ Ventura April 29-30, 2017 [class/pool] & May 20-21, 2017 [field] Class session at Aquarium of the Pacific; Peace overnight boat trip (6 dives) out of Ventura $250 Closed
Orange County June 10-11, 2017 [class/pool] & June 24-25, 2017 [field] Class session at Aquarium of the Pacific; Bottom Scratcher overnight boat trip (6 dives) out of San Pedro $250 Closed  
San Diego July 15-16, 2017 [class/pool] & July 29-30, 2017 [field] Class session at Coastal Marine Institute Laboratory (CMIL) Conference Room in Point Loma; Lois Ann (6 dives) out of Mission Bay (Seaforth Landing) $250 Closed  
 
     
  Recertifications for Certified Reef Check California Divers
 
  Each year, prior to participating in surveys, certified Reef Check California divers need to go through a recertification course to learn about any updates to the protocol and to recalibrate their survey skills.
 
 
Location Date Note Cost Status Book Now
Fort Bragg April 1-2, 2017 Van Damme State Park (4 shore dives), Camping provided at Van Damme State Park $0 Closed  
Monterey April 9, 2017 Silver Prince (3 dives) out of Monterey $50 Closed  
April 15, 2017 Silver Prince (3 dives) out of Monterey $50 Closed  
April 22, 2017 Silver Prince (3 dives) out of Monterey $50 Closed
April 23, 2017 Shore Recert in Monterey (2 dives). Lover's Point $0 Closed
June 17, 2017 Silver Prince (3 dives) out of Monterey $50 Closed  
July 9, 2017 Silver Prince (3 dives) out of Monterey. Recert and/or Fish Practice $50 Closed  
Los Angeles April 9, 2017 Magician to Catalina (3 dives) out of San Pedro $50 Closed  
April 22, 2017 Magician to Catalina (3 dives) out of San Pedro $50 Closed  
June 3, 2017 Magician to Catalina (3 dives) out of San Pedro $50 Closed  
Ventura June 4, 2017 Raptor to Anacapa (3 dives) out of Ventura $50 Closed  
 
     
  Institutional Partner Trainings
 
  These trainings are closed to the general public and require enrollment or membership in the specified course or partner facility with prior approval from an Reef Check California regional manager.
 
 
Location Date Note Cost Status Book Now
Humboldt State University **March 16-19, 2017 **Recertification for HSU students only. Mendocino spring surveys to follow. $0 Closed  
**June 3, 2017 **Training in Fort Bragg for HSU advanced class to finish Abalone Only protocols $0 Closed  
**August 2017 **Training for HSU students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
California Academy of Sciences **Summer 2017 **Training for CAS divers only $0 Open
UC Santa Cruz **Spring 2017 **Training for UCSC students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
**Fall 2017 **Training for UCSC students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
CSU Monterey Bay **Spring 2017 **Training for CSUMB students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
**Fall 2017 **Training for CSUMB students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
Monterey Bay Aquarium **2017 **Training for Monterey Bay Aquarium students only $0 Open
Moss Landing Marine Labs **Summer 2017 **Training for MLML students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
UC Santa Barbara **Class/pool during semester; May 20-21, 2017 [field] **Training for UCSB students enrolled in AAUS diver course only; field session (six dives, overnight) on Peace out of Ventura $125 Open
Catalina Island Marine Institute **Summer 2017 **Training for CIMI staff members only $0 Open
Aquarium of the Pacific **Summer 2017 [Recertification] **Recertification for LBAOP AAUS divers only $0 Open
**Summer 2017 **Training for LBAOP volunteer divers registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
USC at Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies **Winter 2017 **Training for USC divers registered in AAUS course only. $0 Open
**Summer 2017 **Training for USC divers registered in AAUS course only. $0 Open
 
     
 

General Public trainings:
100% of training course fee is due at the time of booking.

REFUNDS GIVEN IF CANCELLATION OCCURS MORE THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO CLASS DATE, MINUS $10 PROCESSING FEE.
NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN IF CANCELLATION OCCURS WITHIN 30 DAYS OF CLASS DATE.


Recertifications:
100% of recertification cost due at time of booking.
CANCELLATION PRIOR TO 30 DAYS OF TRIP RECEIVES FULL REFUND (MINUS $2 PROCESSING FEE).


 
 
Does my Reef Check EcoDiver Certification expire?
Yes. As part of our Quality Control/Quality Assurance procedures, your eligibility to submit data to our database expires within one year of your most recent training or recalibration training.