Become a Reef Check California diver!
The Reef Check Foundation invites experienced SCUBA divers to become trained in our California rocky reef monitoring program. Since 2006, Reef Check’s California (RCCA) Program has trained over 1000 experienced recreational SCUBA divers to scientifically monitor California’s rocky reef ecosystem at 80+ sites from Humboldt to San Diego counties. Community members play a significant role in collecting key information on the health of rocky reefs and aid in the baseline and long-term monitoring of California’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
There is a Reef Check California training coming up in a location near you. Each training will be held over two weekends, with classroom and pool training the first weekend followed by training and testing dives in the ocean the second weekend. The cost of the course is $200-$300 (depending on location), which covers dive boat fees, your own underwater survey slate, the RCCA Training Manual, and species identification flash cards! This is a great way to learn more about our rocky reefs and their inhabitants and play an important role in supporting marine management in California.
Taking action and becoming a trained Reef Check Diver allows you join a group of dedicated divers from all walks of life who want healthy coastal ecosystems and support science-based decision making.
–Training dates and locations–
- Fort Bragg: May 6-7 & May 20-21
- Sonoma: June 24-25 & July 8-9
- San Francisco: July 1-2 & July 15-16
- Monterey: June 10-11 & June 24-25
- SLO/Santa Barbara: May 6-7 & May 20-21
- Los Angeles: April 29-30 & May 20-21
- Orange County: June 10-11 & June 24-25
- San Diego: July 15-16 & July 29-30