Reef Check Kelp Forest Monitoring Training Course details:

The Reef Check Kelp Forest Monitoring Training course is designed to provide participants with the skills and experience to complete the Reef Check Kelp Forest Monitoring 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 online in-person training, recorded lectures and at-home work, and in-person ocean 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 Kelp Forest Monitoring Specialty Certification (NAUI).

Course prerequisites:

  • Rescue diver certification
  • Minimum of 30 logged lifetime dives
  • Minimum of 15 logged dives in the environment your training takes place in
  • Minimum of 6 dives within the last year
  • Minimum age of 16 on the first day of class

Training and research materials will be provided, which include the Reef Check Kelp Forest Monitoring 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.

  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

2022 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 experience.

Reef Check 2022 Training Scholarships <now closed>
Reef Check is offering scholarships to qualified scuba divers from diverse backgrounds. These scholarships will cover the cost of a Reef Check Kelp Forest Monitoring Training and offer the recipients volunteer opportunities throughout the year to utilize the skills they acquire from the course. Click here for details.

LocationOnline Training SessionsField SessionsNoteCostStatusBook Now
Seattle, WA

[Washington A]
Thursdays 6:30p - 8:00p, March 31 to April 28April 29 to May 1Class sessions online. Pool session April 21th, location TBD. Three days of shore diving (6 dives total)$199Closed
Seattle, WA

[Washington B]
Wednesdays 6:30p - 8:00p, April 20 to May 18Saturday 5/21, Sunday 5/22 and Saturday 5/28Class sessions online. Pool session May 11th, location TBD. Three days of shore diving (6 dives total)$199Closed
Marysville, WA

[Washington C]
Thursdays 6:30p - 8:00p, July 12 - August 9August 12, 13 & 14Class sessions online. Pool session August 2, Lake Stevens School District Pool. Three days of shore diving (6 dives total)$199OpenBook Now
Oregon (Central to North Coast)

[Oregon A]
March 9, 16, 30, April 6, 6:00p - 8:00pApril 8, 9 & 10Class sessions online; Pool session TBD, week of 4/4. Two days of shore diving, one day of boat diving (6 dives total)$199Closed
Oregon (Central to South Coast)

[Oregon B]
March 9, 16, 30, April 6, 6:00p - 8:00pApril 22, 23 & 24Class sessions online; Pool session TBD, week of 4/11 or 4/18. One day of shore diving, two days of boat diving (6 dives total)$199Closed
Fort BraggTuesdays 6:30p - 8:00p, May 10 - June 7June 11 & 12, 18 & 19Class sessions online; Pool session June 11 followed by 3 days of shore diving in Fort Bragg (6 dives total)$99OpenBook Now
Monterey

[Monterey A]
Tuesdays 6:30p - 8:00p, May 10 to June 7June 10 to June 12Class sessions online. Pool session May 31st, location TBD. One day of shore diving followed by two days aboard the Escapade out of Monterey (6 dives total)$349Closed
Monterey

[Monterey B]
Wednesdays 6:30p - 8:00p, May 25 to June 22June 24 to June 26Class sessions online. Pool session June 8th, location TBD. Three days of shore diving (6 dives total)$249OpenBook Now
Los Angeles

[Los Angeles A]
May 2 ,5, 9, 12: 6:30p - 8:00pMay 21-22Class sessions online; Pool Session May 14th, Location TBD. Bottom Scratcher (6 dives) out of San Pedro$399Closed
Los Angeles

[Los Angeles B]
June 6, 9, 13, 16: 6:30p - 8:00pJune 25-26Class sessions online; Pool Session June 18th, Location TBD. Bottom Scratcher (6 dives) out of San Pedro$399OpenBook Now
San DiegoJuly 11, 14, 18, 21: 6:30p - 8:00pJuly 30-31Class sessions online; Pool Session July 23rd; Location TBD. Humboldt (6 dives) out of Mission Bay$399OpenBook Now

2022 Recertifications for Certified Reef Check Kelp Forest Monitoring Divers

Each year, prior to participating in surveys, certified Reef Check Kelp Forest Monitoring 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.

LocationDateNoteCostStatusBook Now
OregonSaturday, April 9Newport (2 dives, location TBD)$39 OpenBook Now
Sunday, April 10Garibaldi Charter (2 dives)$99 OpenBook Now
Friday, April 29Winchester Bay (2 dives)$39 OpenBook Now
Saturday, April 30Port Orford (2 dives)$99 OpenBook Now
Sunday, May 22Garibaldi Charter (2 dives)$99 OpenBook Now
Fort BraggSat/Sun, May 14-15Shore Recert in Fort Bragg (4 dives). Location TBD$39 OpenBook Now
Sat/Sun, May 21-22Shore Recert in Fort Bragg (4 dives). Location TBD$39 OpenBook Now
MontereySaturday, April 9Shore Recert in Monterey (2 dives). Location TBD$39 OpenBook Now
Saturday, April 16Shore Recert in Monterey (2 dives). Location TBD$39OpenBook Now
Saturday, April 23Shore Recert in Monterey (2 dives). Location TBD$39 OpenBook Now
Saturday, May 28Shore Recert in Monterey (2 dives). Location TBD$39OpenBook Now
Saturday, June 18Shore Recert in Monterey (2 dives). Location TBD$39 OpenBook Now
Santa BarbaraSaturday, April 9Shore Recert at Refugio State Park (2 dives). $39OpenBook Now
Los AngelesSaturday, April 2Bottom Scratcher to Catalina (3 dives) out of San Pedro$99OpenBook Now
Saturday, May 7Bottom Scratcher to Catalina (3 dives) out of San Pedro$99OpenBook Now
San DiegoSunday, May 1Humbolt (3 dives) out of Mission Bay Sportcenter$99OpenBook Now

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

LocationDateNoteCostStatusBook Now
Blue Endeavors - Redmond, WAOnline training sessions: Tuesdays 6:30p - 8:00, March 22 to April 19
Field sessions: April 22 to 24
Training for Blue Endeavors members. Class sessions online. Pool session April 12th, location TBD. Three days of shore diving (6 dives total)$0OpenBook Now
Humboldt State UniversityTBDTraining for HSU students registered in AAUS course only$0Open
California Academy of SciencesSpring 2022Training for CAS divers only$0Open
Moss Landing Marine LabsSummer 2022Training for MLML students registered in AAUS course only$0Open
UC Santa Barbara*Class/pool during semester; May 21-22, 2022 or June 13-14, 2022 [field]Training for UCSB students enrolled in AAUS diver course only; field session (six dives, overnight)$125OpenBook Now

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 CLASS RECEIVES FULL REFUND.

Does my Reef Check 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 recertification training.