Did you ever dream of becoming a marine biologist? The Reef Check EcoDiver program combines education with action to give scuba diver volunteers a unique experience while taking an active role in conserving the world’s reefs. The EcoDiver program allows participants the rare opportunity to work with teams of scientists around the globe to combat the crises affecting our reefs today. The world’s reefs are changing fast, and it is up to us to ensure that reefs are around for future generations. How can you help? Simple. Enroll in a 3-day EcoDiver Certification Course that qualifies you to help our teams to monitor reefs worldwide. Using its globally standardized scientific protocol, the Reef Check EcoDiver Program collects valuable data to establish the status of coral reefs worldwide. The data are analyzed and used locally by marine park managers, nationally by fisheries and environment managers, and internationally by organizations, including United Nations agencies, to help better track and care for coral reefs. Reef Check EcoDiver EcoDivers are the volunteers who help Reef Check to deliver its citizen science program and collect data necessary for coral reef management and conservation. This course is designed to teach you everything you need to know to conduct full-scale Reef Check surveys and collect high-quality data for our global database. In this program, you will learn about marine conservation issues, the role of citizen science, as well as how to identify key indicator fish, invertebrates, and substrates selected by Reef Check for assessing coral reef health. Upon completion of this course, you will join the Reef Check monitoring team and assist in underwater surveys around the world. This 2-3 day course includes both classroom and fieldwork. Requirements:
  • 15+ years old
  • Open Water Diver
  • 25 logged dives, including 2 dives in the past 12 months
  • Reef Check EcoDiver E-Kit (may be provided by the trainer as part of the course)
To Gain Certification
  • Pass Skills Assessment: including buoyancy, swimming, safety
  • Complete EcoDiver Course
  • Pass a written ID test – 90% to pass
  • Participate in field practice and test