Coral Nursery Development Course

The Next Step

Coral nursery development is an integrated process that must be mastered in a coral reef rehabilitation project. Propagated corals must be placed in a manageable platform for them to be monitored until transplantation is possible. The processes involved in coral nursery development includes environmental assessments, nursery building, propagating, quarantine, monitoring, and maintaining. This course consists of 8 chapters specifically developed for coral nursery development training.

Overview

Course Outline

Coral nursery development is an integrated process that must be mastered in a coral reef rehabilitation project. Propagated corals must be placed in a manageable platform for them to be monitored until transplantation is possible. This course is a specialty course designed for those wishing to fulfil their training requirement for the Coral Reef Rehabilitation Specialist course. The processes involved in coral nursery development includes environmental assessments, nursery building, propagating, quarantine, monitoring, and maintaining. This course consists of 8 chapters specifically developed for coral nursery development training.

Entry Prerequisites

1. Certified open water diver with at least 20 dives

2. For those who have not been diving for over 6 months, they are required to take the SCUBA refresher course before enrolling.

3. Have completed the Ocean Quest – coral propagation course

Duration and Activity

The nursery development specialty course is a 4-day intensive training program. It includes a day of classroom presentation, quizzes, and knowledge reviews.

On the second day the students will be doing 2 dives. In the first dive they will learn about recognizing and identifying potential nursery sites. They will also explore and identify suitable substrate collection sites for nursery building. In the second dive they will begin nursery development. In between dives they will be involved in team planning and task distribution.

On the third day they will be involved in nursery monitoring and management. The students will be involved in actual nursery monitoring and management work at an already established coral nursery. 2 dives are scheduled for the third day. First dive will be quarantine work and nursery inspection. Second dive will be data collecting and reporting.

On the last day, the student will do their fifth dive and final dive of the course. During this dive they will chose to build a nursery or to conduct nursery maintenance work. An examination will take place in the afternoon of the last day followed by a certification ceremony.

Workshop Fees

The fee for the course is $US 250.00 or equivalent in local currency. The fee includes:

1. Registration

2. Trainer’s professional fee

3. Facility charges

4. Materials (as listed)

5. 1 day of classroom presentation

6. 2 in-water sessions

7. 1 onshore demonstration

8. Certificate

Study Times

Immediately after enrollment, the student will be given the Coral Nursery Development manual for them to begin reading. They are also required to find answers to all the quizzes at the end of every chapter in the manual. It is best to begin studying at least 3 days prior to the course.

Course Materials

The course materials include:

1. A pdf copy of the Coral Nursery Development Manual.

2. Gardening gloves

3. Coral Nursery Development workbook

Personal Preparation

Coral nursery development is a physically strenuous activity. Therefore, you are required to be physically fit for strenuous underwater activity. It is best to pay attention in getting physically conditioned for this course. Get enough rest and do light exercise to keep in shape. If you are going to be using any new piece of diving equipment, you may want to consider testing it in the pool or do a few recreational dives with them. If you have not been diving for prolong periods, you are required to do a SCUBA Refresher course. Ensure that you can attain good buoyancy.

Locations

The coral nursery development specialty course is offered at selected Ocean Quest affiliate centers. These are affiliate centers that has fully developed their coral nursery systems to fulfil the course syllabus and objectives. Be sure to check in our website or contact us by email to administration@oceanquest.global for further information.