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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  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
Arcata/Fort Bragg April 21-22, 2018 [class/pool] & May 5-6, 2018[field] Classroom session at Live2Dive Scuba, Arcata; 4 ocean dives in Mendocino, location TBD $99 Open
Fort Bragg April 14, 2018 [class/pool] & April 15, 2018[field] Abalone only survey training. This two day training will teach Reef Check's abalone size frequency protocol. Class at CV Starr Center; 2 ocean dives in Mendocino $75 Open
Sonoma June 9-10, 2018 [class/pool] & June 23-24, 2018 [field] Class session at Sonoma State; 4 shore dives, location TBD $99 Open
San Francisco June 23-24, 2018 [class/pool] & June 30-July 1, 2018 [field] Class session at Cal Academy; Escapade/Beachhopper (6 dives) out of Monterey $299 Open
Monterey May 19-20, 2018 [class/pool] & June 2-3, 2018 [field] Class session at Monterey Bay Aquarium; Escapade (6 dives) out of Monterey $299 Open
San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara May 5-6, 2018 [class/pool] & May 19-20, 2018 [field] Class session at UCSB; Peace overnight boat trip (6 dives) out of Ventura $299 Open
Los Angeles May 5-6, 2018 [class/pool] & June 2-3, 2018 [field] Class session at Aquarium of the Pacific; Magician overnight boat trip (6 dives) out of San Pedro $299 Open
Orange County July 7-8, 2018 [class/pool] & July 21-22, 2018 [field] Class session at Aquarium of the Pacific; Bottom Scratcher overnight boat trip (6 dives) out of San Pedro $299 Open
San Diego July 14-15, 2018 [class/pool] & July 28-29, 2018 [field] Class session at Birch Aquarium; Lois Ann (6 dives) out of Mission Bay $249 Open
 
     
  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 28-29, 2018 Van Damme State Park (4 shore dives), Camping provided at Van Damme State Park $0 Open
May 19-20, 2018 Van Damme State Park (4 shore dives). Camping provided at Van Damme State Park $0 Open
Monterey April 15, 2018 Beach Hopper (2 dives) out of Monterey $75 Waitlist
April 21, 2018 Escapade (2 dives) out of Monterey $75 Open
April 22, 2018 Beach Hopper (2 dives) out of Monterey $75 Open
May 26, 2018 Shore Recert in Monterey (2 dives). Lover's Point $0 Open
June 10, 2018 Beach Hopper (2 dives) out of Monterey $75 Open
Ventura April 21, 2018 Raptor to Anacapa (3 dives) out of Ventura $75 Open
Los Angeles April 8, 2018 Magician to Catalina (3 dives) out of San Pedro $75 Open
April 14, 2018 Magician to Catalina (3 dives) out of San Pedro $75 Open
April 28, 2018 Magician to Catalina (3 dives) out of San Pedro $75 Open
San Diego June 30, 2018 Lois Ann (3 dives) $75 Open
 
     
  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 30-April 1, 2018 Recertification for HSU students only. Mendocino spring surveys to follow. $0 Open
August 2018 Training for HSU students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
UC Davis @ Bodega Marine Lab July 2018 Training for UC Davis students in AAUS class only $0 Open
California Academy of Sciences Summer 2018 Training for CAS divers only $0 Open
UC Santa Cruz Spring 2018 Training for UCSC students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
Summer 2018 Training for UCSC students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
Moss Landing Marine Labs Summer 2018 Training for MLML students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
CSU Monterey Bay Spring 2018 Training for CSUMB students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
Fall 2018 Training for CSUMB students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
Monterey Bay Aquarium Summer 2018 Training for MBA divers only $0 Open
UC Santa Barbara *Class/pool during semester; May 19-20, 2018 [field] Training for UCSB students enrolled in AAUS diver course only; field session (six dives, overnight) on Peace out of Ventura $149 Open
Catalina Island Marine Institute Summer/Fall 2018 Training for CIMI staff members only $0 Open
Aquarium of the Pacific Summer 2018 [Recertification] Recertification for LBAOP AAUS divers only $0 Open
Summer 2018 Training for LBAOP volunteer divers registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
USC at Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies Summer 2018 Training for USC divers registered in AAUS course only. $0 Open
CSU Long Beach Summer 2018 **Training for CSULB 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.


 
 
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.