Coral Diseases & Compromised Health Monitoring

The Coral Disease & Compromised Coral Health Monitoring course is a prestigious certification card for those students who are able to complete all aspects of our Ecological Monitoring Program, and Coral Taxonomy and Identification in theory and practice. When performed to a high level of proficiency, coral health assessment can be incorporated into the surveys. This card recognizes your ability to identify all states of coral health, and contribute to coral disease and overgrowth monitoring, and research.

Take this course

Gain insight into how predation, competition, and parasitism influence the structure and population dynamics of coral reefs.

Become proficient in a range of survey techniques employed by reef managers to monitor the health of coral reef ecosystems.

Familiarize yourself with common causes of coral mortality and compromised health states and be able to identify them effectively.

Develop the ability to identify common coral diseases in the region.

Program Eligibility and Requirements

To join the Coral Diseases & Compromised Health Monitoring Program, participants need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Age Requirement: Applicants must be 12 years of age or older.
  2. Diver Certification: Applicants should hold certification as an Advanced diver from a recognized diving organization such as PADI, SSI, RAID, or similar. Alternatively, Open Water divers can be eligible if they have successfully completed a buoyancy appraisal under the guidance of a professional diver.
  3. Diving Proficiency: Applicants need to showcase advanced diving skills, including excellent buoyancy control and self-awareness.
  4. Certifications: Interested individuals must have completed the following certifications offered by our program:

Upon Enrollment in the Course, participants will be required to:

  • Attend the Compromised Coral Health Assessment and Monitoring lecture and any related knowledge building sessions
  • Read and complete the chapter reviews for the Coral Disease and Coral Bleaching Chapter of the Ecological Monitoring Manual
  • Complete and pass all the written exams for the courses listed above (80% and above)
  • Complete and pass the written exam for the Compromised Coral Health and Monitoring course
  • Successfully perform at least one Coral Disease and Comprised Health Monitoring Survey
  • Complete data entry, in the form of hard copy data sheets or the online database, as required

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