Become a Reef Check EcoDiver and help monitor our coral reefs in Hawaii and around the globe.
Coral Reef Monitoring
The staff at the Coral Reef Education Institute are the first EcoDiver Trainers in the state of Hawaii in over a decade. We are working with DAR , NOAA and the Reef Check Foundation to establish a long term coral reef monitoring program in the state of Hawaii on all the Islands. Our goal is to train as many EcoDivers as we can in the Hawaiian dive industry. We want dive operators and dive enthusiasts from all Islands to participate and help us coordinate our efforts. We aim to establish a team of survey divers who are collecting data consistently. This data is used by scientists from around the world to write scientific documents that change policy and laws to protect our ocean environment.
The Reef Check EcoDiver program allows anyone with an interest in the ocean - from kids to adults - to learn more about tropical coral reefs. Reef Check combines education with action to give 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 throughout the world 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. If you are a beginner snorkeler or diver, enroll in the half-day Discover Reef Check Course. If you have experience snorkeling and diving and want to do more, enroll in a 3-day EcoDiver certification course that qualifies you to help our teams to monitor reefs worldwide.
With teams established in more than 90 countries and territories, there are a multitude of reefs to survey at nearly every diving destination worldwide. Using the globally standardized scientific protocol, the Reef Check EcoDiver program collects valuable data to establish the status of coral reefs world wide. 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.
Not Scuba Certified? No problem, we offer scuba certification courses and the Peak Performance Buoyancy course to ensure you are a proficient survey diver.
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