The Palm Beach County Reef Research Team conducts photographic surveys of the artificial reefs as part of
our monitoring grant. The team owns a Niknons V camera with several lens and strobes, and
tries to keep 3-4 trained photographers available so all our dive requirements will be covered.
This training is required before a member can do the photo tasks.
Classes consist of a one hour land
session on preparation and use of camera and housing, followed by a pool session to teach
the basics of underwater photography. Then a least 3 in water
dives with the instructor, where the student learns the techniques for photo monitoring
to the PBCRRT grant requirements. Post dive training includes the cleaning and storage
of the team camera and housing, and generating a photo log for the report.
Training classes are conducted when mutally convenient with the instructor and trainees.
In water reef team specific technique instruction
occurs during regular team monitoring dives. Training only occurs when a need exists, and is not
automatic with membership.