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Embark on a transformative journey with Waikiki Dive Center’s 4-Day Ecological Monitoring Program, designed in partnership with Ocean Alliance Project. This immersive experience combines the thrill of diving with the impactful purpose of marine conservation, offering participants the unique opportunity to become certified ecological divers. Engage in a blend of theoretical knowledge, practical training, and hands-on ecological monitoring to contribute meaningfully to global marine conservation efforts.

Ecological Monitoring Program


Our program is meticulously crafted to empower you with the skills and knowledge needed to make a positive impact on marine ecosystems worldwide. From mastering buoyancy and navigation to conducting vital ecological surveys, this program is your gateway to becoming a guardian of the ocean.

Learning Objectives:

  • Buoyancy and Navigation Dive Training: Achieve mastery over buoyancy control and learn precise navigation techniques for effective underwater exploration.
  • Ecological Classroom Sessions:
    • Day 1: Coral Reef Ecology and Monitoring: Dive into the essentials of coral reef ecosystems and learn monitoring techniques that underpin conservation efforts.
    • Day 2: Hawai’i Fish Identification: Get to know the common fish species of Hawai’i and their significance in the ecological balance.
    • Day 3: Substrate Composition: Explore the ocean floor, understanding the types and importance of substrate composition in marine ecology.
    • Day 4: Invertebrate Abundance and Population Management: Identify key marine invertebrates and learn strategies for managing their populations.
  • Ecological Survey Training:
    • Conduct underwater surveys focusing on fish, invertebrates, and substrate composition, applying practical skills to support conservation research.
Scientific Divers underwater


  • Morning Classroom Sessions: Kickstart your day with an overview of daily ecological topics, diving deep into the theory and techniques essential for ecological monitoring.
  • Afternoon Dives: Apply what you’ve learned in real-world diving scenarios, with dive training tailored to the day’s focus. This hands-on approach enhances your understanding and skills in ecological monitoring.
  • Post-Dive Data Collection: Learn the ropes of data collation, recording, and documentation, essential steps in the conservation process.


  • Upon completion of the program, participants will undergo practical and written assessments to demonstrate their understanding and skills. Successful candidates will be awarded:
    • PADI Advanced Open Water Certification
    • Conservation Diver Ecological Monitoring Certification

    This certification not only recognizes your commitment and skill in marine conservation but also integrates you into a global network of certified ecological divers dedicated to making a difference in marine ecosystems worldwide.


    • 8 dives (gear included), offering ample opportunity to practice and perfect your skills under the guidance of our expert instructors.
    • Comprehensive training and certifications that go beyond traditional dive programs, equipping you for active participation in marine conservation.


Become part of a global movement towards preserving our oceans. The 4-Day Ecological Monitoring Program at Waikiki Dive Center offers a profound experience that combines passion for the ocean with purposeful conservation action. Sign up today and take the first step towards becoming a certified ecological diver, ready to make waves in the world of marine conservation.