Citizen Science Diver PADI Distinctive Specialty

Diving for Data

Interested in monitoring some of your favorite sites and contributing to local research of our oceans? With the Citizen Science Diver PADI Distinctive Specialty, you will learn techniques to adequately survey a site as well as the long-term importance of getting the public involved in genuine science!

Course Description

This course includes four open water dives. The first three dives practice techniques for collecting size/abundance of marine fishes, invertebrates, and plants, as well as species I.D. and quantifying habitat characteristics. The final dive will be putting all these skills together for an ecological survey of local seagrass beds. This is the local hang-out for the bay pipefish (Syngnathus leptorhyncus), sightings of which we can report to iSeahorse for the long-term monitoring of Syngnathid species. All dives will focus on team diving while task loading – keeping ourselves and our team safe underwater!

Get the Best Training from Experienced Instructors

All our Citizen Science Instructional staff hold post secondary degrees in the Marine Sciences and have hands on field experience in marine life data collection. This program was written by Aqua Society staff and exclusive to the UBC Aqua Society.

Extra Info

  • Scuba Rental package included, 14mm wetsuit exposure package, tank and weights
  • Marine Data Collection equipment rental
  • Optional Drysuit Rental Upgrade (4 dives) for $49. (Drysuit Specialty Needed)
  • Diver need to provide there own personal gear (Mask,Fin, Snorkel)

Course Prerequisites

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Minimum age: 15 years old

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