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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.


Wreck of the St Jacques
Inwater training is used in all Specialties.

In Water Training:

In-water training is conducted at the Blue Heron bridge for new member Orientation, and during most regular team dives for the final portions of the various Specialties. In-water training is done under the tutelage of an experience member, and leads to the final signoff of the Specialty. In-water training activities includes:

  • U/W fish counting and data entry,
    (after passing the written test).
  • Site navigation experience, to learn the waypoints on the actual sites.
  • Photos and photo logging for invertebrate monitoring.
  • Video invertebrate surveys.
  • Reef overview videography.
  • Photo and video for wreck damage assessment.
  • In situ invertebrate surveying, (after passing the written test).
  • U/W visibility measurements, and physical data collection.