Provide the diver with the skills to perform effective underwater surveys of coral reef fauna. Practice buoyancy skills and data collection techniques through knowledge development and open water skills practice.
- An overview of the coral reef ecosystem and major fish and/or hard coral families.
- The planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of survey diving on coral reefs.
- Buoyancy and navigation techniques for effective monitoring of coral and/or fish communities
- Proper techniques and safety considerations for the use of various underwater tapes, reels, and recording materials.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty certification. And qualified to:
- Prepare a slate for survey data collection, prior to the dive
- Hover in a head down or horizontal position for a minute without kicking or sculling
- Write on an underwater slate the names (common or scientific) of 5 coral or fish families sighted and identified on the dive
- Monitor both your and your buddy’s pressure gauge and depth throughout the dive
- Demonstrate effective buoyancy control on a 5m/15ft, 3 minute safety stop at the end of the dive
- Demonstrate how to lay out an underwater transect tape on a predetermined bearing, following the contours of the substrate.
- Demonstrate how to visually estimate short distances (<10m) underwater
- Demonstrate proper buddy procedures by maintaining buddy contact throughout the survey dive.
- Demonstrate how to use a surface marker buoy to notify passing boat traffic of diver presence.