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! (Did I say FREE?)
Attention all snorkelers and SCUBA divers! Are you tired of saying "Gee, that long squishy orange thingy was really cool, but I have no idea what it was!"? Would you like to yell (through your reg) "HEY, that's a sunflower star!!"? Are you curious about the REEF Monitoring Project and how you can contribute to science by surveying our local marine life?
Then it's time for you to attend the San Diego Oceans Foundation's REEF identification training program. You'll learn a lot more about what's happenin' just beyond the surf zone!
Whether you're a marine biology undergrad, an avid snorkeler, a newbie diver just out of Open Water class, or an experienced diver who just wants to learn more, this class will give you a ton of interesting facts about our underwater world...and it doesn't stop there! Once you've finished this fascinating course (and passed a short quiz - see note below!), 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 (2014: Jan, March, May, July)
Invertebrates & Algae ID (Feb, April, June, August)
VERY IMPORTANT: Please commit to the class! There's usually a waiting list, so if you have to cancel, please give others enough time to let them take your spot! Also, please be on time - there's a lot of material to cover in 3 hours, and if you're late you'll miss some of the good stuff.
ALSO VERY IMPORTANT: By taking this class and registering at REEF's website, you automatically become a REEF Level 1 surveyor. If you want to become a Level 2 surveyor, YOU MUST STUDY beforehand. For L2, you must receive an 80% score on the end-of-class quiz . You'll need to know the common name and phylum of these invertebrates and algae (for instance, Sunflower Star/ Echinodermata). So, please familiarize yourself with the material before you come to class. There are a number of online study aids for you to use:
(This is the complete slide show shown in class.)
Scroll down to "California Resources". You'll find the Flashcard Machine, Flashcard app and study list are great study aids.
Has many pics of local inverts, algae and fish