Reef Check to Offer Free Trainings to Recreational Divers in 2006

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Posted by Reef Check Foundation on January 08, 2006 at 19:15:57:

Reef Check California Director Dr. Craig Shuman announced the 2006 schedule for trainings to be offered by the Reef Check Foundation in support of its California monitoring efforts. These 2006 Trainings will be provided free of charge to Reef Check members** and are available on a first come first serve basis.

The Reef Check California Training course is designed to provide participants with the skills and
experience to accurately complete the Reef Check California survey protocol. In addition to
direct survey methods, the training program 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 class room and field sessions. Following completion
of the training, all participants will have the skills necessary to successfully complete the training
examination allowing them to contribute data to the statewide database and will have the option
to obtain a Reef Check California Specialty Certification (NAUI or PADI).

The dates for the training are as follows;

Los Angeles April 8-9, 28-30 (8 spots available)
Santa Barbara April 22-23, 28-30 (8 spots available)
July 22-23, 28-30 (8 spots available)
San Luis Obispo July 15-16, 28-30 (8 spots available)
Monterey June 17-18, 24-25 ** (12 spots available)
August 12-13, 19-20 ** (12 spots available)
All trainings subject to change and availability 3 day live aboard trip to Channel Islands (leaving from Ventura Harbor)
** 2 days boat diving

To sign up email us at california@reefcheck.org or call 310-230-2371 and provide
the following information:
Years diving:
Number of dives in CA:
Number of dives in last year:
Maximum Certification level:
Training location and date preference 1:
Training location and date preference 2:

**A $50 deposit is required at the time of booking to ensure a spot in the class ($25 of deposit will be applied to Reef Check membership for non-Reef Check members with the remainder being applied to the processing fee for the Specialty Certification card). Deposits will NOT be refunded if cancellation occurs within 1 month of the class date.

For more information about Reef Check, visit us at www.reefcheck.org.

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