Q: What do you do as a volunteer of reef friends?
A: We conduct surveys in our local waters from time to time. Usually we have about 9 trips or so per year, as we have 9 survey sites.
Q: What are the requirements to be a volunteer for reef friends?
A: In order to be a volunteer for reef friends, first and foremost, you have to be a certified diver. You will also have to be reef check trained.
Q: What is the minimum qualification of my diving certification?
A: The minimum qualification is open waters diver, and you have to be fairly comfortable in water as we will be working underwater. Note that this is not a leisure dive.
Q: How do I become a reef check trained diver?
A: You may join some courses organised by some dive agencies. We also organise our own in house training at times whenever appropriate. The in house training typically consist of 3-4 weekday nights of theory lessons, and about 2 practical lessons during weekends. During the theory lessons, you will be taught some basic but necessary knowledge of our reef, marine life and how to conduct a survey. After which, you will be put on on-job-training. Once we deem that you have attained the necessary skills, you will become part of our volunteer team. With continual volunteering, we are pretty sure your skills and knowledge will improve.
Q: How many surveys must I commit once I become volunteer?
A: There isn’t a specific number that you have to fulfil, but we will prefer that you will be able to help us in at least 4 surveys.
Q: Do I have to own my diving equipment?
A: No, you do not have to own diving equipment as we will provide for you, however it is preferable that you have at least your own personal equipment, such as mask, wetsuit and fins.