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Participation - Reef Check Australia Training Program

Becoming a Reef Check volunteer is a fun way to help conserve your local reef whilst making friends within the local community and being a part of the global Reef Check network.  Once trained, you can participate in free-of-charge expeditions on the Great Barrier Reef and at other locations around the globe, gaining practical experience in monitoring coral reef health, logging lots of dives and improving you underwater skills. 

Reef Check Australia’s training course is the most extensive Reef Check course in the world and will set you up with the skills to become expert surveyors! Through a series of specialist modules you will learn about coral reef ecology, how to identify key organisms, the threats to coral reefs worldwide and how you can be part of the solution.

To join a Reef Check volunteer survey team you must be a qualified SCUBA diver to Rescue Diver standard or equivalent with a minimum of 50 logged dives, hold current senior first aid (or equivalent) and oxygen provider certificates and have your own diving equipment.

Full-time and part-time courses run throughout the year and at several locations.  If you have further questions, please refer to our FAQs before contacting your local Reef Check Co-ordinator (details at the bottom of this page). 

Interaction - EcoAction Program

In 2008 Reef Check Australia will offer the following courses that have been designed to increase your knowledge about the coral reef ecosystem and scientific monitoring techniques.

Discover Reef Check
This half day course will allow you to gain firsthand experience in how marine biologists conduct coral reef research.  The course includes a 1 hour presentation, where the theory and techniques used for monitoring coral reef health will be introduced.  This will be followed by a 1 hour guided dive where you can try your hand at some of the sampling techniques. 

EcoDiver Reef Monitoring
By taking the EcoDiver Reef Monitoring course you will become certified to join Reef Check survey teams around the globe and take an active role in conserving the world’s coral reefs.  This course is designed to teach you everything you need to know to conduct full scale reef surveys.  In this program you will learn all about the globally standardized Reef Check methodology as well as how to identify key indicator fish, invertebrates and substrates selected by Reef Check for global monitoring and conservation of coral reefs.  You will take away an EcoMonitoring Pack that include a waterproof field guide for indicator organisms, a Reef Check training manual on CD with global indicator species and full outline, and a 40 minute Reef Check training DVD with easy-to-follow protocols contained within a black pocketed folio.

The EcoDiver Reef Monitoring course will provide you with a global Reef Check certification card and is ideal for participants who are intending to participate in surveys outside Australia.   Australian residents who want to participate in the survey program in Australia are advised to complete the modular Reef Check Australia training courses which are run at by our coordinators in several locations in Australia.


To register your interest in any of our courses, please contact us at support@reefcheckaustralia.org or 07 4724 3950.

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