Seattle Scuba is an active REEF fieldstation & testing center!
Seattle Scuba offers Fish & Invertebrate Identification
classes, has a wide range of ID books/slates in stock, hosts survey dives, & has members of the PNW Advanced Assessment
Team on instructional staff (Heidi Wilken, David Todd) who can offer testing for all REEF levels once you are ready.
Never heard of REEF? It is the Reef Environmental Education
Foundation, a non profit dedicated to encouraging citizen science in volunteer divers. The short story is, you go swim around
& have a great dive, but as you do so you make note of how many of specific species you see. Then you enter this data
online for use by scientists, non-profit organizations etc... You can start small, if all you can identify is ONE SPECIES
(know what a Sunflower star looks like? That one with all the arms? That one counts!), you CAN ENTER a survey :-).
You can visit their website
for more information: http://www.reef.org
Fish & Invertebrate ID Classes
+ Fun Dives
Want to learn more about the creatures you are looking at down there?
Come join one of our Fish or Invertebrate Identification classes and learn some great ID facts and clues for IDing. Our Fish/Invert
ID classes are all taught by a REEF Advanced Assessment Team member who is also a scientific diver for the University of Washington
& conducts fish/invert surveys for various organizations. The classes cover the organisms listed on the REEF survey form
AND other common critters you are likely to see out that.
Note: The fun dives listed are NOT SUPERVISED, there will be no shore staff!
Class - covers all the basic REEF fish & MORE - $50 for lecture only, $150 for lecture & dives with certification
February 15th Evening lecture
February 16th Two Dives with possible aquarium visit
Class - covers all the basic REEF invertebrates & MORE - $50 for lecture only, $150 for lecture & dives with
March 9th Evening lecture March 10th Two Dives with possible aquarium visit
ID Books & Slates
Seattle Scuba stocks a full range of Fish Identification books/slates for
local and exotic destinations, drop by and see us if you need some reference materials for your next identification adventure.
Testing to go up in REEF level
One of our staff is a member of the PNW REEF Advanced Assessment Team and can administer tests for all 5 PNW REEF
REEF PNW Experience Levels
Level 1 No surveys Become a REEF
Member at reef.org
Level 2 2 Surveys Correctly
ID 80% of 20 common Fish OR Inverts
Those taking a Fish or Invertebrate ID class will typically achieve this level, and learn lots more fish/inverts.
Level 3 25
Surveys Correctly ID 80% of 90 common Fish AND Inverts
Level 2 35 Surveys
Correctly ID 90% of 100 Fish AND Inverts
Level 3 50 Surveys Correctly ID 95% of 100 Fish AND
Ready to level up? Contact us (heidi 'at'
seattlescuba.com) to schedule a test - bring a printout of your survey count from the REEF website when you come in, you must
have the appropriate number of surveys registered online for each level before taking the corresponding test.