Beautiful Oceans Coral Reef Architecture & Organisms
Did you know that the plural of fish is "fishes" when referring to a group of more than one species, but "fish" when referring to a group that consists of just one species? You will learn lots of interesting science facts like this about the architecture of coral reefs, the different coral reef zones and the marine creatures and their behaviors in this outstanding program. After taking the Coral Reef Guardian course, for nature lover every dive will be a new challenge and the reef a playground. Discover the amazing relationships between the organisms that inhabit a fringing reef, learn the scientific names of the different species and what they mean, and spend 2 dives and a snorkeling tour investigating the different zones of the reef.
As part of our commitment to protecting the underwater environment and our advocacy for environmental education, we are proud to be able to offer the popular marine science educational courses from Beautiful Oceans. The course fee includes Coral Reef Guardian Manual, online access to the Beautiful Oceans eAcademy, 2 dives, creature discovery kit and certification.
This course is ideal for all divers, from entry level divers who wish to gain more from their dives to dive professionals who wish to become coral reef experts in order to give their students and divers a better diving experience. A unique benefit of taking your training with the Utila Dive Centre is that you can immediately enroll in the online portion of this program!
Beautiful Oceans Coral Reef Architecture & Organisms is your map of the reef and its creatures. This program will familiarize you with the six zones of a typical fringing coral reef and some of the organisms found in each zone. You will discover a simple system to recognize specific coral reef zones and understand why some species are more abundant in some zones than others. You'll study the most common behaviors exhibited by coral reef organisms. You will understand why scientific names of coral reef species are important and discover an easy way to help you learn these names. This program will also introduce you to the process by which fringing reefs, barrier reefs and atolls are formed.
The online portion of this program is comprised of 30 online topics containing compelling text, beautiful pictures, fascinating videos, over 100 interactive online quizzes, a final comprehensive knowledge review and an online certificate of completion for print out. You will receive the following accompanying program materials upon arrival at Utila: an 80-page full-color course manual, a luxury collector's binder, and two  Creature Discovery Kits (comprised of two letter-sized paper insert and two plastic pocket dive slates).
• Understanding fringing reef zonation allows divers and snorkelers to get the most from each and every discovery dive or snorkel tour. If you are interested in locating a specific species or family of organisms, knowledge of each zone will give you better chance of finding your own personal 'creature of interest'. Knowing how to identify coral reef zones allows you to better communicate with other divers and snorkelers and your Divemaster or Instructor; this is particularly useful when you wish to describe what you saw and where you saw it.
• Knowing which coral reef organism can be found in which zones of the coral reef helps you better orient your dive or snorkel tour.
• Learning the behaviour of typical coral reef organisms allows you to better understand what you see underwater.
• Learning the scientific names of coral reef organisms will help you identify, describe and discuss them. This course makes it easy and fun to learn the scientific names of all organisms encountered.
• Understanding fringing reef zonation allows you to add more detail to your dive or snorkel logbook, allowing you to associate a species or family of organisms with a particular zone on the reef. This may also prove useful when returning to previous dive or snorkel sites for further exploration.
• Understanding that atolls were formally barrier reefs and fringing reefs allows divers to recognize the similarity between the zones found on these different reeftypes.
By the end of this course;
• You will be able to distinguish between the six different zones of a typical fringing reef.
• You will also be able to identify and scientifically name some of the organisms that typify each zone.
• You will know why certain species are more abundant in some coral reef zones compared to others.
• You will understand some behaviours of typical coral reef organisms.
• You will know the difference between a fringing reef, barrier reef and atoll and will understand how they are formed.
'Contact Us' to book onto this program and start online learning today! For more information, please go to the website of Beautiful Oceans. We offer the Beautiful Oceans Science Instructor course for PADI Divemasters and Instructors, which trains you in each course and allows you to teach both Beautiful Oceans courses.