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Environmental Courses - Reefteach

(see PADI course page for prices)

Reefteach's speciality is the marine environment. With this in mind Reefteach has developed their courses in a manner that are unique to Reefteach. These environmental courses are designed to teach divers (and non-divers) about the underwater denizens and their interdependencies and interactions. Hundreds of photographs are used in our courses. Prior booking is essential for these courses.

Here is an opportunity to become a "green" Master Scuba Diver. With the Rescue Diver qualification, any five specialities and 50 dives you can earn the highest recreational diving accolade. Reefteach now affords you the opportunity to do all five specialities with a focus on the marine environment.

Fish Identification
Price includes PADI certification, dives and a waterproof fish id book

This course is three hours long and is usually run over two evenings. The first evening is an introduction to the distinguishing features of 32 of the more common fish families allowing students to identify most fish to at least family level. The evening ends off with a fun quiz.

The second evening includes fish revision and identification of the most common species. The evening ends off with a fun quiz.

Two dives at specially selected divesites are undertaken during the course. Non-divers may attend the course at a cost of R300 but cannot receive PADI certification.

Underwater Naturalist
Price includes PADI certification and dives

This course is three hours long and is usually run over two evenings. The first evening deals with the special requirements of coral and the identification of all coral families. The evening ends off with a fun quiz.

The second evening covers other invertebrates and includes crustacea, molluscs, echinoderms, sponges, etc, and ecology. The evening ends off with a fun quiz.

Two dives at specially selected divesites are undertaken during the course. Non-divers may attend the course at a cost of R300 but cannot receive PADI certification.

Whale Shark Awareness
Price includes PADI certification and dives

This course is three hours long and is usually run over two evenings. The first evening deals with whale shark behaviour, passive diving and/or snorkelling with whale sharks and how to identify individual whale sharks through their markings.

The second evening deals with whale shark ecology, distribution, research and conservation as well as participating in research using the www.whalesharkid.org website.

Two dives with snorkelling using a microlight aircraft for spotting are undertaken during the course. Non-divers may attend the course at a cost of R750 (including the snorkelling) but cannot receive PADI certification.

Coral Reef Conservation
Price includes PADI certification

This course is three hours long and is usually run over two evenings. The first evening deals with the coral reef as an ecosystem and includes coral reef and reef inhabitant biology, association and competition.

The second evening deals with the importance of coral reefs to marine ecosystems and coastal areas as well as the status of the world's coral reefs and detrimental land-based and ocean-based activities that put reefs in peril.

This is a non-diving speciality and non-divers may earn PADI certification. Divers may do two optional dives where we will teach you the Project Aware Coral Watch methodology for monitoring coral reefs. The monitoring results data will be captured into the Project Aware database.

 

Project A.W.A.R.E.
Price includes manual & PADI certification

This course is three hours long and is usually run over two evenings. The first evening deals with the Project AWARE organisation, its philosophy about protecting worldwide aquatic ecosystems and the importance of and interdependent nature of these ecosystems.

The second evening deals with the issues concerning the environmental status of worldwide aquatic ecosystems, including: fisheries, coastal zone management and marine pollution as well as the status of specific, critically degraded marine environments and what can be done to help conserve worldwide aquatic ecosystems.

This is a non-diving speciality and non-divers may earn PADI certification. Divers may do two optional dives where we will teach you the Project Aware Coral Watch methodology for monitoring coral reefs. The monitoring results data will be captured into the Project Aware database.

NB All courses exclude accommodation.