Scientific Divemaster ~ Reef Monitoring Training
Takata’s Reef Monitoring Training is an intensive technical program that will prepare you for a profession in marine biology in tropical zones. With this training, you will learn about marine biology and ecology, you will be introduced to the fish, corals, benthos and megafauna of the Caribbean. During the course, you will learn to identify and monitor the species found on our reef and analyse the data that has been collected.
Learn to study the reef’s health and help us to find ways to reconcile the expansion of coastal villages with the preservation of the amazing region’s natural heritage. Scheduled activities include theoretical class sessions and practical diving training.
Our Research Center uses AGRRA methodologies for our Reef Monitoring Program, widely used in the Caribbean area. The Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment is an international collaboration of scientists, managers, and supporters aimed at improving the regional condition of reefs in the Western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
The Reef Monitoring Program is run concurrently with your Divemaster course, giving you time to integrate your learning with the practical side of the internship. Typical Scientific Divemaster interns spend 7 to 9 weeks with us. Here at Takata we believe that divers should become protectors of the ocean and its ecosystems and this program will give you the tools to do so.
The program’s content is inspired by our Research Center’s Reef Monitoring Program. It consists of 40 hours of activities (classroom and dives) divided in four modules:
- Fish & Megafauna Identification : Families of Fish Species & Importance of Fish in the Marine Ecosystem
- Coral Identification : Families of Corals, Importance, Coral Conditions (Diseases, Mortality, Bleaching)
- Benthos Identification : Types of Benthos in the Caribbean & Importance in the Marine Ecosystem
- Monitoring Training : Monitoring methods (Fish, Megafauna, Coral and Benthos), Monitoring equipment, Site selection, Transects overview, Data Analysis
Rescue Diver or equivalent with at least 40 logged dives.
No previous scientific qualifications are required.
If you are interested in joining the program but do not yet meet the pre-requisites, contact us to create a personalized package.