Reef Check California Training Course details:

The Reef Check California Training course is designed to provide participants with the skills and experience to complete the Reef Check California survey protocol accurately. In addition to direct survey methods, the training 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 classroom and field sessions. Following completion of the training, all participants will have the skills necessary to complete the training examination allowing them to collect data that 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 regions 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 datasheets. Participants must provide all their 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.

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.

Click here for a detailed training course outline

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.

*** Due to COVID-19, all 2020 trainings have been cancelled. ***

Please contact rcinfo@reefcheck.org to be added to our 2021 training notification list.

LocationDateNoteCostStatusBook Now
HumboldtMay 23-24, 2020 [class/pool] & May 30-31, 2020 [field]Class session at HSU Marine Laboratory, Trinidad; 4 dives in Mendocino, location TBD$99Cancelled
Fort BraggMay 16-17, 2020 [class/pool] & May 30-31/June 6-7, 2020 [field]Class session at Star Aquatic Center; 4 dives in Mendocino, location TBD$99Cancelled
SonomaMay 23-24, 2020 [class/pool] & June 6-7 & 13-14, 2020 [field]Class session at Sonoma State; Dives from shore along the Sonoma Coast [June 6-7], Monterey [June 13-14]$99Cancelled
San FranciscoJune 27-28, 2020 [class/pool] & July 11-12, 2020 [field]Class session at Cal Academy; 6 dives out of Monterey on the Escapade$399Cancelled
MontereyMay 30-31, 2020 [class/pool] & June 6-7 & 13-14, 2020 [field]Class session at Monterey Bay Aquarium; Two weekends of shore diving (8 dives total)$249Cancelled
San Luis ObispoMay 2-3, 2020 [class/pool] & May 16-17, 2020 [field]Class session at Central Coast Aquarium; Peace overnight boat trip (6 dives) out of Ventura$299Cancelled
MalibuMay 2-3, 2020 [class/pool] & May 16-17, 2020 [field]Class session at Malibu Divers; Peace overnight boat trip (6 dives) out of Ventura$399Cancelled
Los AngelesMay 23-24, 2020 [class/pool] & May 30-31, 2020 [field]Class session at California Science Center; Magician overnight boat trip (6 dives) out of San Pedro$399Cancelled
Orange CountyJune 13-14, 2020 [class/pool] & June 20-21 & 27-28, 2020 [field]Class session at Aquarium of the Pacific; Two weekends of shore dives in OC (8 dives)$249Cancelled
San Diego July 11-12, 2020 [class/pool] & July 18-19, 2020 [field]Class session at Birch Aquarium; Humboldt (6 dives) out of Mission Bay$349Cancelled

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. Click the Book Now link to log into the Reef Check Volunteer Tool to register for your recert.

*** Due to COVID-19, these recertifications will be rescheduled for a later date or cancelled.***

LocationDateNoteCostStatusBook Now
Fort BraggApril 18-19, 2020Van Damme State Park$39 Cancelled
April 25-26, 2020Noyo Harbor$39 Cancelled
MontereyApril 18, 2020Shore Recert in Monterey (2 dives). Location TBD$39 Cancelled
April 19, 2020Escapade (2 dives) out of Monterey$99Cancelled
April 25, 2020Shore Recert in Monterey (2 dives). Location TBD$39 Cancelled
May 16, 2020Escapade (2 dives) out of Monterey$99Cancelled
May 23, 2020Shore Recert in Monterey (2 dives). Location TBD$39 Cancelled
VenturaApril 4, 2020Raptor to Anacapa (3 dives) out of Ventura$99Cancelled
Los AngelesMarch 28, 2020Magician to Catalina (3 dives) out of San Pedro$99Cancelled
April 19, 2020Magician to Catalina (3 dives) out of San Pedro$99Cancelled
Orange CountyApril 11, 2020Seal Rock/North Cresent Shore Recert$39 Cancelled
San DiegoMay 9, 2020Marissa (3 dives) out of Mission Bay Sportcenter$99Cancelled

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 a Reef Check California regional manager. Click the Book Now link to log into the Reef Check Volunteer Tool to register for your training.

LocationDateNoteCostStatusBook Now
Humboldt State UniversityFall 2020Training for HSU students registered in AAUS course only$0Closed
UC Davis and San Francisco State UniversityAugust 17-22, 2020Training for UCD/SFSU AAUS divers or students registered in AAUS course only$0Closed
California Academy of SciencesSpring 2020Training for CAS divers only$0Closed
2020[recertification]Recertification for CAS divers only$0Closed
Blue Endeavors - AlamedaTBDTraining for Blue Endeavors members$0Closed
UC Santa CruzSpring 2020Training for UCSC students registered in AAUS course only$0Closed
Summer 2020Training for UCSC students registered in AAUS course only$0Closed
Moss Landing Marine LabsSummer 2020Training for MLML students registered in AAUS course only$0Closed
CSU Monterey BaySpring 2020Training for CSUMB students registered in AAUS course only$0Closed
Fall 2020Training for CSUMB students registered in AAUS course only$0Closed
2020
[recertification]
Recertification for CSUMB students only$0Closed
Monterey Bay Aquarium 2020 [recertification]Recertification for MBA divers only$0Closed
UC Santa Barbara*Class/pool during semester; 2020 [field]Training for UCSB students enrolled in AAUS diver course only; field session (six dives, overnight) on Peace out of Ventura$149Closed
Aquarium of the PacificSummer 2020 [recertification]Recertification for LBAOP AAUS divers only$0Closed
Summer 2020Training for LBAOP volunteer divers registered in AAUS course only$0Closed
California Science CenterSpring 2020Training for CSC divers registered only$0Closed
USC at Wrigley Institute of Environmental StudiesSummer 2020Training for USC divers registered in AAUS course only.$0Closed

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.