Coral Reef Rehabilitation Specialist Training

Our very own syllabus covering the full scope of coral reef rehabilitation

This Coral Reef Rehabilitation Specialty course is designed for those wishing to gain knowledge and experience in the broad spectrum of reef rehabilitation. The course combines coral propagation, nursery development, transplantation, threats and countermeasures, and management. Upon completion of this course the student can carry out reef rehabilitation with support of Ocean Quest. This is a comprehensive course requiring many hours of class work and in water sessions.


Gain knowledge of coral reef rehabilitation

This training course is a comprehensive course that exposes the student to all aspects of coral reef rehabilitation. The course includes a pre-study of the “Complete Guide to Coral Reef Rehabilitation” book and hands-on training at selected locations. Upon completion of this course the student will be able carry out coral reef rehabilitation and manage it.

This is a must do training for those wishing to become a project manager in a coral reef rehabilitation project. Training will span over two weeks with the students carrying out every part of the reef rehabilitation work. This training course will also prepare the student for reef rehabilitation consultancy work.

Entry Prerequisites

To be eligible for enrollment in this course you will need to:

1. A certified diver and preferably in leadership level such as divemaster or instructor. Non leadership level certification that will be considered is rescue or master scuba diver certification. For the latter they will need to apply for acceptance into the training course.

2. Have completed the Ocean Quest coral propagation course or the coral propagation trainer course.

3. Have worked/volunteered in any of the Ocean Quest affiliated coral nursery for at least 1 week.


Those wishing to enroll in this training course must:

1. Acquired the training materials for the course for pre-study

2. Obtain the training schedule and registered for the allocated training dates

3. Register to the training course complete with proof of trainings

4. Initiate tutoring with a designated Instructor Trainer

5. Have own diving equipment

Training Schedules

This specialist training course will be held only once per year per location. Therefore, it is particularly important not to miss the course within your planned times. The schedule for each location is as follow:

Malaysia – April every year
Thailand – November every year

Registration for this course will be open 6 months prior to the course to allow the students time to obtain materials and study.

Duration and Activity

This training course will take 2 weeks to complete. During the training, the students will attend classes and in-water work. The students are required to complete every session of the training. Classroom hours of this course is 22 hours and there will be 16 required training dives plus 5 hours of work on shore. This does not include preparatory times and breaks.

Training Fees

Breakdown of the training fees and materials is as following:

1. Complete Guide to Coral Reef Rehabilitation book (US$ 65.00)

2. Coral Reef Rehabilitation Specialist Course workbook (US$ 12.00)

3. Coral reef rehabilitation specialist tool kit (US$ 140.00)

4. Registration (US$ 12.00)

5. Instructor Trainer Professional fee (US$ 250.00)

6. Tanks refills (Unlimited dives) (US$ 80.00)

Total training fees = US$ 559.00


Training fees does not include:

1. Travelling expenses

2. Accommodation at training location

3. Meals

4. Dive equipment rental


The coral reef rehabilitation specialist training course content is as following:

  1. Introduction to Coral Reef Rehabilitation


  2. Environmental ethics and work protocols
    • Environmental ethics
    • Impact of conservation works on environment
    • Sustainable approach in conservation


  3. Design of coral propagation techniques and materials
    • The Ocean Quest coral reef rehabilitation system
    • Coral broodstock extraction and handling
    • The substrates
    • Coral Propagation techniques
  4. Nursery development and management
    • Nursery site assessment
    • Shoreline profiling
    • Seafloor profiling
    • People and the Coral Nursery
    • Types of coral nursery
    • Coral nursery monitoring and management


  5. Threats to corals and countermeasures
    • Crown of Thorns Starfish
    • Drupella Snails
    • Bleaching events
    • Coral Diseases


  6. Reef rehabilitation system
    • The rehabilitation plans
    • Planting strategy
    • Organization


  7. Coral Transplantation
    • Pre-transplantation assessments
    • Extraction and handling
    • Planting techniques


  8. Post restoration management
    • Monitoring
    • Reef replenishment program
    • Management strategy


  9. Coastal communities in coral conservation
    • Understanding socio-demography
    • Public education
    • Public participations


  10. Volunteerism

Training Materials

The Coral Reef Rehabilitation training course includes the following materials:

1. Complete guide to Coral Reef Rehabilitation book.

2. Coral Reef Rehabilitation Specialist Course workbook

3. Coral reef rehabilitation specialist tool kit.

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.

Class Size

Minimum class size for the training course is 4 students and maximum is 10.


This course is offered in selected locations only. The training locations that is currently open for this training course is in Malaysia and Thailand.