PBCRRT Training Program
Training is an essential duty of the Team, and goes on nearly continously. We have
five Specialties in use on most dives, and need to maintain a pool of qualified skills to carry out
our tasks. There is always
something to be learned on every dive.
Our training is done in many ways, to accomodate both personal interests and schedule. This section of the website gives details.
Types of training.
Online, classroom, and in-water training is available for each specialty as well as the orientation
course given to new members. The freshly reworked Research Diver Orientation course is designed to get new members trained in our basic operations within the first month of their membership, custom fit to their personal schedule. The Fish ID portion of the Fish Surveying Specialty is offered both online and in the classroom, and soon we will add an online invertebrate training program to augment our classroom activity.
We are not dive training.
We do not train dive skills. Members are expected to be divers
comfortable with their equipment, have good bouyancy skills, and be capable of following simple
navigation instructions (notes on their slates) to use underwater visual landmarks to find their
assigned work location. If the diver is not comfortable with the use of a compass, we will retrain
them, as it is a requirement for all tasks.