Get to know our local Inverts/Algae
FREE Fish ID Classes taught by Herb Gruenhagen - Scientific Diver, PADI Divemaster, 3700+ dives, and 40+ years diving experience!
Become a 'Citizen Scientist' and find out who's living in the neighborhood!
Snorkelers and SCUBA divers, do you want to know more about local Inshore Fishes?
Want to contribute to science by surveying our local marine life?
You can do all of the above by attending the identification training program. You'll learn a lot more about what's happening beyond the surf zone!
Whether you're a newly-minted Open Water diver, an avid snorkeler, or an experienced diver wanting to expand your marine knowledge, 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, you'll be able to perform surveys and record your observations online for scientists to use and analyze. It's fun, it's easy, it's FREE - and best of all, surveyors help add to a big marine-life database used by scientists in several ways.
VERY IMPORTANT: To achieve Level 2, you must receive an 80% score on the end-of-class quiz and perform 2 survey's. You'll need to know the common name and Family name of these fishes (for instance, Lingcod- Fish Family Greenling, or for inverts, Cobalt Sponge, Phylum Porifera). Your chances of achieving Level 2 are much better if you study beforehand. Please familiarize yourself with the material before you come to class.
VERY IMPORTANT: Herb's classes are excellent and fun - and they generate big waiting lists. No-shows are not appreciated! You MUST commit to attending the class, and, if you find you can't make the class, you MUST change your RSVP in time for a wait-listed member to attend. If you think work or family situations might make you cancel at the last minute, DO NOT SIGN UP. Not showing up (and thereby depriving others of a chance to take the class) is neither considerate nor fair to your fellow divers.
WHERE: Ocean Enterprises, 7710 Balboa Ave, SD 92121 (2nd floor upstairs classroom)
COST: ZERO! You commit your attendance, time and effort. No monetary fee.
If you can't make this class, upcoming classes will be held the 3rd Wednesday of each month:
Please be on time - there's a lot of material to cover in 3 hours. If you're late, you'll miss some of the good stuff.
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