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New Official Reef Check California Training Video

Discussion in 'SoCal' started by Empty V, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    Just personal preference on the music, Billy. It doesn't fit with MY underwater audio experience. Of course the only sounds I hear are from the so-called "silent world." Other than that personal preference musically, I think it is a good piece and a good cause.
  2. Blackwood

    Blackwood Contributor

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Southern California
    I thought that was the point...
  3. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
    I hate to be a party pooper, but I have to agree with Dr. Bill. The music was really annoying. I turned it down right away.
    Also, while the divers were checking for invertebrates, they are swimming along at a pace where they would miss thousands of them. Hydroids, tunicates, bryozoans...some are so tiny that you really need to spend an entire dives covering one square meter.
  4. JMdiver

    JMdiver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Myrtle Beach, S.C.
    Hi Phil,

    On the Reef Check invert. survey we don't look for those critters. We look for Scallops, Gorgonians, some snails & inverts like that not the really small ones. Reef Check calls them the target species other wise it would take forever.

  5. Empty V

    Empty V Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Ventura County, CA
    Reef Check has been providing scientific data for a few years now and is well past the start-up phase. Here's info from 2006-2007 Reef Check California 2-Year Report - Saving Reefs Worldwide

  6. Peter_C

    Peter_C Contributor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
    They have not gained enough info in my neck of the ocean to ascertain what changes are occurring. As they continue the efforts though they will be able to provide more factual scientific data. As I said above, Reef Check is a great organization and I support and thank those participating.
  7. Empty V

    Empty V Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Ventura County, CA
    I doubt they'll be able to cover every mile of the California coast unless their roster of citizen scientists and instructors increases. If you believe in their cause, which it sounds like you do, why don't you join up and start taking surveys in your neck of the ocean? It's a lot of fun and the training is extremely fulfilling. It's also a very easy and cheap way to give back to the ocean and make a difference. If you're seeing the same destructive changes that the rest of the coast is seeing, then it would do you and your diving/fishing community a lot of good.

  8. fisheater

    fisheater Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sebastopol, CA

    One of my "resolutions" is to set up a north coast training for Reef Check this year. You in?
  9. Empty V

    Empty V Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Ventura County, CA
    What are you waiting for Erika, hit Colleen up. Do you still have her info? As long as the interest is there I'm sure they hold a class.

    So Peter do you think any other divers besides yourself would be interested?

  10. Kevfin

    Kevfin Instructor, Scuba

    Great job Billy. You do nice work. The music was fine by me and the voices in my head hummed along. I suppose if it were Gangsta Rap the voices would need to be quelled. To each their own.

    I thought the standing diver was giving a good example of what not to do. My impression is that she was a competent diver, but her buddy has mad skills.

    Billy, when are we diving again?

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