Free Invertebrates & Algae ID Class! Become a Citizen Scientist with!

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

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  • Michael E.

    Thanks Herb! I need to work on my Annelids and Urochordates! So much info! Deffinetly join you for fish next month.

    December 19, 2013

  • Mike A.

    Thanks Herb! Great class!

    December 18, 2013

  • BoB

    I won't be able to make it this time. I'm sure someone will be happy to take the spot.

    December 17, 2013

  • Herb G.

    You can all register NOW at and begin at Level 1 to survey any fish and invert at any of the locations around the world. The class is necessary to give you the information that you need to pass to level 2 to level 5 for Geographical Area of CAL/PAC (California Pacific). Yes, you must pass either a Fish or Invert test at 80% and perform at least two REEF survey's. Easy and fun to do. My goal is to have a REEF class each month on the 3rd Wed at 6pm at Ocean Enterprises to share my extensive knowlege of local California Pacific marine life. Please all come and enjoy.

    December 3, 2013

  • Jonathan W.

    This is an excellent class that all local divers should take, along with the invertebrate class that Herb teaches. It will open your eyes to all of the different creatures that you normally see but can't ID. It really enhances the whole dive experience when you know what you are looking at. If you weren't able to get in this class, watch for the next one and jump in.

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Sophie W.

    I'll be freezing and eating foie gras in France for this one, but I definitely wan to join the next one !

    1 · November 22, 2013

    • Callie M.

      Ah, Sophie, quel dommage! Have some croissants for me!

      November 22, 2013

    • Amy D.

      La belle vie! ;-)))

      November 22, 2013

  • Natalie G.

    I would REALLY love to join this event!!!! Pretty please :)

    November 22, 2013

  • Tom B.

    Maxine and I will be diving in Raja Ampat then (I know, it's a tough assignment, but someone had to do it...), but we will try to join the next one!

    November 22, 2013

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