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Free Inverts and Algae ID Class! Become a Citizen Scientist with REEF.org!

Free REEF Fish Identification Class taught by our own Power Scuba guru Herb Gruenhagen!

Become a 'Citizen Scientist' and find out who's living in the neighborhood!

Ocean Enterprises, 7710 Balboa Ave, SD 92121 (small upstairs classroom)

COST: Zip. Zero. Nada. It's FREE!

Attention all snorkelers and SCUBA divers! Confused about how to tell a bryozoan from a cnidarian? Don't know the name of that really cool nudibranch you keep seeing at V-point? Curious about the REEF Monitoring Project and local marine life?

Join the San Diego Oceans Foundation's REEF identification training program.  You'll learn to better understand what goes on just beyond the surf zone!

Whether you're a marine biology undergrad, an avid snorkeler, or a newly certified diver, this class will leave you with a ton of interesting facts about our underwater world...and it doesn't stop there! Once you've finished this fascinating course, you'll be able to perform REEF surveys and record your observations online for all scientists to use and analyze. It's fun, it's easy, it's FREE -  and best of all, REEF surveyors can help give scientists a better picture of our beloved underwater environment.

If you can't make this class, upcoming classes are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month:

Fish ID classes (Sept, Nov, Jan)
Inverts & Algae ID (Aug, Oct, Dec, Feb)


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  • Amber

    I greatly enjoyed the class. I down loaded the PDF and plan on studying daily until I have it down to an art! Can't wait to find time to take the exam and take further classes! Thanks for your time Herb!

    August 22, 2013

  • Len M.

    great class even though I left early, I learned a lot. I have pretty much stopped local diving. I have become a warm water boat diver, not a cold water shore diver but, once again great class, thanks Herb. Your knowledge is astounding

    August 22, 2013

  • Herb G.

    Thanks all for your interest in doing REEF Survey's. I hope you all had fun. Next REEF Class is WED, Sept 11th 6PM -9PM at Ocean Enterprises. I hope to see you all there!

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • George Z.

    I''ll be back

    August 22, 2013

  • Dan K.

    Very difficult, I may have to take it again to pass the class. Herb is a great teacher!

    August 21, 2013

  • Herb G.

    Hey All, 3 spots left. Please RSVP if you can.

    August 21, 2013

    • Jonathan W.

      This is one of those classes that any serious diver should take. It really jump-starts ones knowledge of species identification. How can you be a diver and not know what you are looking at? If you are free tonight, do it!

      1 · August 21, 2013

  • Herb G.

    Sorry ALL, the meeting time is 6PM (not 7PM) at Ocean Enterprises in the 2nd Classromm upstairs.
    thanks
    Herb Gruenhagen

    August 20, 2013

  • Herb G.

    For those of you that may want to take level 2 FISH ID class, the next class will be on Wed Sept 11th (2nd Wed for this month ONLY). Normally all free REEF Classes are on the 3rd Wed of each month alternating between Algae/Inverts one month and then local inshore fishes the next month. RSVP: [masked]

    August 16, 2013

  • Herb G.

    Yes, there will be a quiz at the end of the presentation. To review all my material and to study, download this PDF:

    http://sdof.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Invertebrate-Algal-ID-Phyla-Order.pdf

    Yep, its (13mb), but it has nice colored images. You will need to know the Phylum name (ie, Cnidarian) and the local common name (ie, Tube-Dwelling Anemone) without using your notes.

    1 · August 12, 2013

    • Lynette

      Have fun!! Herb you are awesome.... Minions and I will be back when we are not a distraction!

      August 15, 2013

    • Chris T.

      Actually..I'm studying for a class (IDC) and its best I bow out..I want to be back when Lynette and kind can distract me :)..No! Herb you so are awesome.. I see there is a line to take my place..I will be an expert on slimy no back bone smelly things very soon!..Thanks Herb and I will continue to send in fish reports.

      2 · August 15, 2013

  • Callie M.

    To become an official REEF surveyor, you'll need to pass a quiz at the end of the class with 80%. So it's helpful to do a little studying before class. Check out
    http://sdof.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Invertebrate-Algal-ID-Phyla-Order.pdf

    REEF.org recently posted a nice set of invert/algae flashcards at http://www.flashcardmachine.com/p/6t7rb5

    Pick "CAL REEF Invertebrate ID" and click on "Start Study Session"

    3 · August 12, 2013

    • Chris T.

      Callie..you are in a class by yourself..I could never keep up with you.

      August 13, 2013

    • Callie M.

      That's 'cause they expelled me from the other classes...

      August 15, 2013

  • Jenn M.

    I'm going for the event

    August 14, 2013

  • Roger H.

    I'm SO looking forward to the next one, but can't come next Wednesday due to a conflict. This looks awesome though!

    August 14, 2013

  • Herb G.

    Hey REEF Volunteers, thanks in advance so much for your interest in learning more about your local Algae and inverts. Class starts promptly at 6pm, so please check your schedules and the traffic that night. Southbound traffic on the 805 has been bad lately in the evening times.

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Chris T.

    ok ok..but I ONLY like bugs and nudibranchs

    August 13, 2013

  • Josh

    Can't make this one but I'll watch for the next one!

    August 13, 2013

  • Kevin K.

    Cant make it this time, next time.

    August 13, 2013

  • Jonathan W.

    DEFINITELY study the flash cards a few times before class. The inverts are easier to remember than the fish, except abalone, but there are more to learn.
    http://www.flashcardmachine.com/machine/?page_url=6t7rb5&topic_id=00001300301

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    SOunds like fun, but can't attend this month. hopefully next month.

    August 12, 2013

  • Josh

    Depending on when this ends up getting scheduled, I'd love to attend!

    August 12, 2013

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