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  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

Participants must provide all their own dive gear including weights and tanks. All training and research materials will be provided which include the Reef Check California training manual, indicator organism ID cards (flash cards and underwater ID card), dive slates, transect line and underwater data sheets.

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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 Training Code Date Note Cost Status Book Now
Ft. Bragg FB14002 May 3-4, 2014 [class/pool] & May 17-18, 2014 [field] Class session at Star Aquatic Center; (4 dives) at Van Damme State Park $200 Open  
San Francisco SF14001 July 12-13, 2014 [class/pool] & July 19-20 2014 [field] Class session at Cal Academy; Silver Prince (6 dives) out of Monterey $250 Open  
Monterey MT14004 May 31-June 1, 2014 [class/pool] & June 7-8 2014 [field] Class session at Monterey Bay Aquarium; Silver Prince (6 dives) out of Monterey $250 Open  
San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara SLO14001 April 26-27, 2014 [class/pool] & May 17-18, 2014 [field] Class session at SLO library; Peace overnight boat trip (6 dives) out of Ventura $250 Open  
Los Angeles/Ventura LA14003 May 3-4, 2014 [class/pool] & May 17-18, 2014 [field] Class session at Aquarium of the Pacific; Peace overnight boat trip (6 dives) out of Ventura $250 Open  
Orange County OC14001 June 21-22, 2014 [class/pool] & June 28-29, 2014 [field] Class session at Aquarium of the Pacific; Magician overnight boat trip (6 dives) out of San Pedro $250 Open  
San Diego SD14002 July 12-13, 2014 [class/pool] & July 26-27, 2014 [field] Class session at Birch Aquarium at Scripps; Lois Ann (6 dives) out of Mission Bay or Separate overnight training on Magician $250 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 Training Code Date Note Cost Status Book Now
Ft. Bragg FB14001 May 17 and/or May 18, 2014 Van Damme State Park (2 shore dives) $0 Open  
Monterey MT14001 April 12, 2014 Silver Prince (3 dives) out of Monterey $50 Open  
MT14002 April 13, 2014 Silver Prince (3 dives) out of Monterey $50 Open  
MT14003 May 31, 2014 Silver Prince (3 dives) out of Monterey $50 Closed  
MT14005 June 21, 2014 Silver Prince (3 dives) out of Monterey $50 Open  
Santa Barbara PeaceRecert2014 May 17-18, 2014 >>Prior approval from Reef Check staff required before registration.<< Recert and potential survey (if enough people) and a few fun dives. $125 Open  
Los Angeles LA14001 April 12, 2014 Magician to Catalina (3 dives) out of San Pedro $50 Closed  
LA14002 April 27, 2014 Magician to Catalina (3 dives) out of San Pedro $50 Open  
San Diego SD14001 May 31, 2014 Lois Ann (3 dives) out of Mission Bay $50 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 RCCA regional manager.  
 
Location Training Code Date Note Cost Status Book Now
Arcata **HSU14001 **May 19-21, 2014 [Recertification] Humboldt State University **Recertification for HSU students only. Mendocino spring surveys to follow. $0 Open  
**HSU14002 **August 2014 Humboldt State University **Training for HSU students registered in AAUS course only $0 Closed  
Santa Cruz **UCSC14001 **February 2014 **Training for UCSC students registered in AAUS course only $0 Closed  
Monterey **CSUMB14001 **February 2014 CSU Monterey Bay **Training for CSUMB students registered in AAUS course only $0 Open  
**Mont14001 **May 2014 [Recertification] **Recertification for MLML, UCSC, and CSUMB students only $0 Waitlist  
Moss Landing **MLML14001 **August 2014 Moss Landing Marine Labs **Training for MLML students registered in AAUS course only $0 Closed  
Santa Barbara **UCSB14001 **Class/pool during semester; May 17-18, 2014 [field] UC Santa Barbara **Training for UCSB students enrolled in AAUS diver course only; field session (six dives, overnight) on Peace out of Ventura $150 Open  
Los Angeles **LBAOP14001 **summer 2014 [Recertification] Aquarium of the Pacific **Recertification for LBAOP AAUS divers only. $0 Open  
**LBAOP14002 **summer 2014 Aquarium of the Pacific **Training for LBAOP volunteer divers registered in AAUS course only. $0 Open  
Catalina Island **CIMI14001 **summer 2014 Catalina Island Marine Institute **Training for CIMI staff members only $0 Open  
 
     
 

50% of class cost is due as a deposit at the time of booking.
BALANCE DUE IN FULL 45 DAYS BEFORE CLASS DATE.
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.

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.