PADI – Coral Reef Conservation

The PADI – Coral Reef Conservation course introduces the procedures to follow to identify corals. This starts with learning more about them, like what they are. Corals are very simple organisms but are very unique. They are in fact animals living for most in big colonies.

Many aspects of them can be misleading. As an example, contrary to fishes, color does not easily represent a species. Some species can have a wide array of colors. This is why we need to learn about other characteristics that differentiate them such as the structure of their skeleton, the way they reproduce, their population, and more.

An overview of the PADI - Coral Reef Conservation program

What are corals?

You will in the first place learn about the morphology of corals and the symbiotic relationship it has with a certain type of algae. They are what is giving the coral their color. Skeletons of corals are the foundation of the large coral reefs that grow through time.

How do they reproduce?

Their reproduction is a phenomenon that still has its mystery. There are many ways that coral can reproduce. One of the most incredible is through cloning but there is even more. In some places, we can observe a mass coral spawning when they release their equivalent of pollen in the water.

How do we name and classify them?

You will learn what and how to observe and what to note on your slate. The more information the better as this is required in the effective identification of corals. You will also see how to classify them according to what has been observed to finally determine their name.

How do we observe them on open water dives?

The PADI – Coral Reef Conservation is part of a series of academic-only courses. This means that in the basic course, there are no in-water activities. Do not worry, we do offer the option to do 2 dives on one of our day trips.

Schedule of the PADI - Coral Reef Conservation program

The PADI – Coral Reef Conservation is part of a series of academic-only courses. This means that in the basic course, there are no in-water activities. Do not worry, we do offer the option to do 2 dives on one of our day trips.

Example of the course with 2 dives

  • Paperwork and account set up with PADI
  • Forms and payments
  • Academic support presentation
  • Self-study
  • Review of the theory if completed online before
  • Study
  • Exams
  • Breakfast at the dive center
  • Planning and briefing of the first dive
  • Presentation of some local fishes along with the signals
  • First dive
  • Debriefing
  • Lunch on the boat
  • Predive planning of 2nd dive
  • Second dive
  • Debriefing
  • Another dive can be done if it is the day with 3 dives
  • Logbook entries on the way back or at the dive center
  • Identification of fishes with the available material at the center
  • Certification

PADI - Coral Reef Conservation course prerequisites

Not much is required to take part in the course, the only thing required is to be at least 10 years old.

If the option of dives is added to the course, participants must have a PADI – Open Water Diver certification or an equivalent certificate from another agency. Also if participants are under 18 years old a permission and liability release signed by parents or guardians must be provided before any in-water activities

Requirements overview:

  • 10 years or older
  • With the option of dives, you must have at least a PADI – Open Water Diver certification or equivalent.

What is included with the PADI - Coral Reef Conservation course

To make things easy we include everything you need to earn your certification. The only thing we do not provide is towels and sunscreen.

  • The learning material in electronic format for the duration of the course
  • The instructor
  • The certification card in electronic format (available in a plastic format on special request)
  • Access to identification material such as books for use at the center
  • Rental of the full kit of gear including; mask, fins, snorkel, short wetsuit, regulator set, buoyancy compensator, and weight system. Slates, dive computer, tank, and fills are included as needed for the option with dives
  • 2 dives on a day trip if the option is selected
  • Meals and snacks when taking part in trips include breakfast and lunch, as well as fruits, refreshments, tea, coffee, soft drinks, electrolyte drinks, and of course drinking water.

Course packages

Prices start with the basic academic program with no dives included. The option to go on a day trip can be added.

PADI - Coral Reef Conservation Course Packages
The basic program PADI - Coral Reef Conservation (with no dives)3,750
The option to go on a day trip for 2 dives+1,600

What we need to know about the PADI - Coral Reef Conservation course

The PADI – Coral Reef Conservation program does not provide identification books and other materials. We allow students to use the one we have but they are not included in the course.

The outcome of the course is according to each participant with their understanding and knowledge. Some corals prove to be hard to identify correctly even to the experts. In other words, we must not give up if it seems impossible to do for some corals after the course.

This course has no academic value outside of the diving context. No value for credits and such in public school systems.

What to do after a PADI - Coral Reef Conservation course

After the PADI – Coral Reef Conservation course you can enroll in one of the courses on similar topics. The PADI – Fish Identification course is a good complements.

Quick Links

  • The PADI – Fish Identification specialty course
  • The PADI – Advanced Open Water course