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Marine Conservation And Research Certification

Discussion in 'Marine Science and Physiology' started by ScubabunnyCR, May 9, 2016.

  1. ScubabunnyCR

    ScubabunnyCR Course Director

    Here in Costa Rica we have been working on introducing more of a conservation and eco aspect to our divemaster and instructor programs. One of the things we have just put into action is our new Marine conservation and research qualification. We now offer this as a specialty course and as instructor training so if you are a PADI instructor, you can teach it yourself too. The course covers surveying and research techniques underwater as well as basic biology of reefs, fish and marine life, survey and report writing as well. We look at it as a good addition for someone either looking at entering the marine biology, conservation field or someone looking to teach in that area. By covering all of the different survey techniques used for research someone could either put together their own studies, or assist with other. Also from the teaching aspect it could be used to teach an individual or group to conduct any type of marine survey.
    Anyway, just wanted to spread our news as we are super excited about moving forwards with this and our ECO programs here and feedback is always welcome! :)
    scubapro25 and ScubaJill like this.
  2. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    Is the Instructor Guide for the new specialty available? I'd love to look at it.
  3. ScubaJill

    ScubaJill Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Chesapeake Bay
    Do you have a link to the course description?
  4. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    Great news. As a marine biologist, I think it is very important for those who teach SCUBA to have a good understanding of the marine environment they teach in. I've seen some horrible examples of interactions with marine life by instructors (as well as some very knowledgeable instructors).
  5. ScubabunnyCR

    ScubabunnyCR Course Director

    Here is a link to the course description from our webpage. It outlines the course modules and the skills that are covered in the open water section. I completely agree drbill, was one of the main reasons we developed it.

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