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:

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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What should I expect? A trainee's perspective



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 May 25-26, 2019 [class/pool] & June 8-9 [field] Class session at HSU Marine Laboratory, Trinidad; 4 dives in Mendocino, location TBD $99 Open
Fort Bragg June 1-2, 2019 [class/pool] & June 8-9, 2019 [field] Class session at Star Aquatic Center; 4 dives in Mendocino, location TBD $99 Open
Sonoma May 18-19, 2019 [class/pool] & Jun 1-2, 2019 [field] Class session at Sonoma State; Dives from shore along the Sonoma Coast $99 Open
San Francisco June 22-23, 2019 [class/pool] & June 29-30 2019 [field] Class session at Cal Academy; 6 dives out of Monterey on the Escapade $299 Waitlist
Monterey May 18-19, 2019 [class/pool], June 1-2 & 8-9 [field] Class session at Monterey Bay Aquarium; Two weekends of shore diving (8 dives total) $149 Waitlist
Santa Barbara May 4-5, 2019 [class/pool] & May 18-19, 2019 [field] Class session at UCSB; Peace overnight boat trip (6 dives) out of Ventura $299 Open
Malibu April 27-28, 2019 [class/pool] & May 18-19, 2019 [field] Class session at Malibu Divers; Peace overnight boat trip (6 dives) out of Ventura $299 Closed  
Los Angeles May 25-26, 2019 [class/pool] & June 1-2, 2019 [field] Class session at California Science Center; Magician overnight boat trip (6 dives) out of San Pedro $299 Open
Orange County June 22-23, 2019 [class/pool] & July 6-7, 2019 [field] Class session at Aquarium of the Pacific; Overnight boat trip (6 dives) out of San Pedro $299 Open
San Diego June 29-30, 2019 [class/pool] & July 13-14, 2019 [field] Class session at Birch Aquarium; Humboldt (6 dives) out of Mission Bay $299 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 13-14, 2019 Noyo Harbor $0 Closed  
May 4-5, 2019 Noyo Harbor $0 Open
Monterey April 14, 2019 Beachhopper 2 (2 dives) out of Monterey $99 Closed  
April 27, 2019 Shore Recert in Monterey (2 dives). Location TBD $0 Closed
May 5, 2019 Beachhopper 2 (2 dives) out of Monterey $99 Open
May 25, 2019 Shore Recert in Monterey (2 dives). Location TBD $0 Open
June 8, 2019 Escapade (2 dives) out of Monterey $99 Open
Ventura April 6, 2019 Raptor to Anacapa (3 dives) out of Ventura $99 Closed  
Los Angeles March 30, 2019 Magician to Catalina (3 dives) out of San Pedro $99 Closed  
April 13, 2019 Magician to Catalina (3 dives) out of San Pedro $99 Closed  
April 27, 2019 Magician to Catalina (3 dives) out of San Pedro $99 Open
San Diego May 11, 2019 Humboldt (3 dives) out of Mission Bay $99 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 April 27-28, 2019 [recertification] Recertification for HSU students only $0 Open
Summer 2019 Training for HSU students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
California Academy of Sciences Spring 2019 Training for CAS divers only $0 Open
2019 [recertification] Recertification for CAS divers only $0 Open
Blue Endeavors - Alameda April 10, 11 [class/pool] & May 1, 2, 11 & 12 [ocean]

Training for Blue Endeavors members

$0 Open
UC Santa Cruz Spring 2019 Training for UCSC students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
Summer 2019 Training for UCSC students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
Moss Landing Marine Labs Summer 2019 Training for MLML students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
CSU Monterey Bay Spring 2019 Training for CSUMB students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
Fall 2019 Training for CSUMB students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
2019 [recertification] Recertification for CSUMB students only $0 Open
Monterey Bay Aquarium 2019 [recertification] Recertification for MBA divers only $0 Open
UC Santa Barbara *Class/pool during semester; May 18-19, 2019 [field] Training for UCSB students enrolled in AAUS diver course only; field session (six dives, overnight) on Peace out of Ventura $125 Open
Aquarium of the Pacific Summer 2019 [recertification] Recertification for LBAOP AAUS divers only $0 Open
Summer 2019 Training for LBAOP volunteer divers registered in AAUS course only $0 Open
California Science Center Spring 2019 Training for CSC divers registered only $0 Open
USC at Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies Summer 2019 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.

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.