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Reefkeepers Guide



-About the Guide
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About the Guide Top
> Five modules comprise the Reefkeepers' Guide, and together demonstrate in a clear, concise, step-by-step manner on how to set up and conduct a Reefkeepers' subtidal volunteer-based monitoring project.
Module 1 provides instructions for 'Project Setup'.
Module 2 details how to conduct 'Reef Monitoring via Scuba Divers'.
Module 3 provides the instruction necessary for 'Underwater Diving Safety'.
Module 4, 'Managing Information', tells how to organize and enter your data into the Reefkeepers' database called ARKS (A Reefkeepers' System).
Module 5 provides the 'Training Curriculum', which includes learning outcomes and a course outline.

What the Guide Contains Top
> The Guide contains how-to instructions for each part of the project methods. It contains all the necessary data sheets with completed data sheet examples, as well as instructions for filling out each section. Several appendices exist that list pertinent information about where to get the necessary equipment, advice, and provide specific examples from the Reefkeepers' pilot project, SPARS. The Table of Contents is shown at the bottom of this page.

What the Guide Does NOT Contain Top
> The Guide does not contain any instruction or guidance on how to identify species of subtidal plants and animals. You will need to obtain suitable field guidebooks and enlist the help of the Fisheries and Oceans Canada representatives and experts in your community.

The Guide does not provide training for dive certification at any level. You will need to contact your local accredited dive store or a qualified dive instructor to obtain information about how to become a fully qualified diver. The Reefkeepers' Guide requires observers to be competent and comfortable divers before becoming a certified Reefkeeper volunteer. Practice your dive skills before taking to the water as a Reefkeeper. Don't forget, not all Reefkeepers' participants have to be divers. Get involved in other aspects while you hone your abilities. Contact us to find out what level of dive skills you require before becoming a Reefkeepers' volunteer diver.

Although the Reefkeepers' Guide contains instructions on general dive safety, it is not a replacement to what you have learned during dive certification courses from accredited instructors. You must be well versed in dive safety. The Reefkeepers' training will then reinforce the more important aspects of dive safety as they pertain to conducting a Reefkeepers' Survey Event.


Files you can Download Top
> Please contact us if you are interested in receiving a copy of the draft Reefkeepers guide
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