Surveyor Training

Citizen scientists undertake extensive training in survey methods to identify and record robust reef health data. Before citizen scientists can join a survey, they undertake a four-day training course to learn reef ecology, scientific methods, identification and practical in-water survey skills.

Training starts with theory sessions covering reef ecology, identification, methods and safety. Then, participants practice and demonstrate their skills with 4 to 6 training dives. 

Extensive training and ongoing mentoring supports a high standard of identification accuracy by volunteers, as well as reducing variability between volunteers.