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.

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

2021 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.

Our 2021 training classes are now closed. Please contact rcinfo@reefcheck.org to be added to our 2022 training notification list.

Reef Check Scholarship
This year, 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.

TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2021 ARE NOW CLOSED

LocationOnline Training SessionsField SessionsNoteCostStatusBook Now
Port Orford, OregonTuesdays 6p - 8p, August 17, 24 & 31, September 7September 11, 12 & 13Class sessions online; field sessions in Port Orford$149Closed
Port Orford, OregonMondays 6:30p - 8:00p, March 29 -April 19April 24 & 25, May 1 & 2Class sessions online; Two weekends of shore diving (8 dives total)$149Closed
HumboldtTuesdays 6:30p - 8:00p, May 11- June 1June 5 & 6 (Humboldt), June 19 & 20 (Fort Bragg)Class sessions online; One weekend in Humboldt, one weekend in Fort Bragg (6 dives total)$99Closed
Fort BraggTuesdays 6:30p - 8:00p, May 11- June 1June 12 & 13, June 19 & 20Class sessions online; Two weekends of shore diving in Fort Bragg (6 dives total)$99Closed
MontereyTuesdays 6:00p - 8:00p, May 11- June 1June 5 & 6, June 12 & 13Class sessions online; Two weekends of shore diving (8 dives total)$249Closed
MontereyWednesdays 6:00p - 8:00p, June 2 - June 23June 26 & 27, July 10 & 11Class sessions online; Two weekends of shore diving (8 dives total)$249Closed
Los AngelesMay 25, 27, June 1, 3 : 6:30p - 8:00pJune 5-6; 12-13Class sessions online; Two weekends of shore diving (8 dives total)$249Closed
Los AngelesJune 15, 17, 22, 24: 6:30p - 8:00pJune 26-27Class sessions online; Bottom Scratcher (6 dives) out of San Pedro$399Closed
San Diego June 29, July 1, 6, 8: 6:30p - 8:00pJuly 10-11Class sessions online; Humboldt (6 dives) out of Mission Bay$399Closed

2021 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
HumboldtSat/Sun, April 24-25, 2021Trinidad (4 dives)$39 Closed
Fort BraggSat/Sun, May 1-2, 2021Van Damme State Park (4 dives)$39 Closed
MontereyFriday, May 7, 2021Shore Recert in Monterey (2 dives). Location TBD$39 Closed
Saturday, May 8, 2021Shore Recert in Monterey (2 dives). Location TBD$39Closed
Friday, May 14, 2021Shore Recert in Monterey (2 dives). Location TBD$39 Closed
Saturday, May 15, 2021Shore Recert in Monterey (2 dives). Location TBD$39Closed
Saturday, May 22, 2021Shore Recert in Monterey (2 dives). Location TBD$39 Closed
Saturday, May 29, 2021Shore Recert in Monterey (2 dives). Location TBD$39Closed
Santa BarbaraSaturday, April 17, 2021Shore Recert at Refugio State Park$39Closed
Los AngelesSaturday, April 3, 2021Bottom Scratcher to Catalina (3 dives) out of San Pedro$99Closed
Saturday, May 1, 2021Bottom Scratcher to Catalina (3 dives) out of San Pedro$99Closed
San DiegoSunday, May 2, 2021Humbolt (3 dives) out of Mission Bay Sportcenter$99Closed

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: Wednesdays 6:00p to 8:00p, Aug 25 - Sept 15, 2021
Field sessions: September 18 & 19, October 2 & 3, 2021
Training for Blue Endeavors members$0Closed
Humboldt State UniversityTBDTraining for HSU students registered in AAUS course only$0Closed
UC Davis and San Francisco State UniversityTBDTraining for UCD/SFSU AAUS divers or students registered in AAUS course only$0Closed
California Academy of SciencesTBDTraining for CAS divers only$0Closed
TBD [recertification]Recertification for CAS divers only$0Closed
Blue Endeavors - AlamedaTBDTraining for Blue Endeavors members$0Closed
UC Santa CruzTBDTraining for UCSC students registered in AAUS course only$0Closed
TBDTraining for UCSC students registered in AAUS course only$0Closed
Moss Landing Marine LabsTBDTraining for MLML students registered in AAUS course only$0Closed
CSU Monterey BayTBDTraining for CSUMB students registered in AAUS course only$0Closed
TBDTraining for CSUMB students registered in AAUS course only$0Closed
TBD
[recertification]
Recertification for CSUMB students only$0Closed
Monterey Bay Aquarium TBD [recertification]Recertification for MBA divers only$0Closed
UC Santa Barbara*Class/pool during semester; TBD [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 PacificTBD [recertification]Recertification for LBAOP AAUS divers only$0Closed
TBDTraining for LBAOP volunteer divers registered in AAUS course only$0Closed
California Science CenterTBDTraining for CSC divers registered only$0Closed
USC at Wrigley Institute of Environmental StudiesTBDTraining 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 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.