• Scientific Divemaster ~ Reef Monitoring Training

Combine the PADI Divemaster qualification with practical skills to make a real difference in the fight to save our precious ecosystems.

Takata 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.

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.

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.

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Curriculum

The program’s content is inspired by our Research Center’s Reef Monitoring Program. It consists of 40 hours of activities divided in four modules:

  1. Fish & Megafauna Identification : Pomacanthidae; Chaetodontidae; Acanthuridae; Miscellaneous; Haemulidae; Lutjanidae; Epinephelidae; Scaridae; Labridae; Tetraodontidae; Diodontidae; Ostraciidae ; Balistidae; Monacanthidae; Muraenidae; Pomacentridae; Scorpaenidae; Turtles; Rays; Sharks; Manatees
  2. Coral Identification : Boulder corals; Mound corals; Meandroid corals; Solitary corals; Agaricias corals; Branching corals; Nodular corals; Coral Conditions (Diseases; Mortality; Bleaching)
  3. Benthos Identification : Corals; Crustose coralline algae; Sparse turf algae; Macroalgae; Turf algal sediment mats; Cyanobacterias; Peyssonnedelids red algae; Aggressive invertebrates; Other invertebrates; Coral recruits; Motile invertebrates
  4. Monitoring Training : Monitoring methods (fish, coral and megafauna monitoring); Monitoring equipment; Site selection; Transects overview; Data Analysis; fish & megafauna monitoring; coral monitoring; benthos monitoring
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Scientific Divemaster Internship

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.

Course requirements: Rescue Diver or equivalent with at least 40 logged dives.

If you are interested in joining the program but do not yet meet the pre-requisites, contact us to create a personalized package.

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