Seahorse Ecology and Monitoring

  • Be certified as an advanced diver under a leading diving organization (PADI, SSI, etc) (must include at least 1 deep dive)
  • Demonstrate proper diving ability at an Advanced Level and be proficient in buoyancy and self-awareness.


  • Learn about seahorse ecology and identification and understand the global and local threats to seahorse populations
  • Learn the diagnostic features for identifying seahorses and be able to identify the most common local species of seahorses
  • Know how to survey for seahorses using the roving diver and transect survey methods
  • Practice a seahorse survey completing at least two of the main tasks (surveying along the line, controlling the GPS raft, keeping track of dive activity timing)
  • Be familiar with the iSeahorse.org website and how to enter sightings data into the global database


  • Attend 1 seahorse lecture
  • Attend 1 seahorse dive briefing
  • Complete ID quiz using dichotomous key and seahorse photos
  • Complete 1 seahorse survey dives (in 2 different roles)
  • Enter GPS data into Google Earth
  • Enter sightings and data into the iSeahorse.org and other relevant databases (if seahorse was observed)

Expected course time about 4 hours

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