Seahorse Ecology and Monitoring Certification

Seahorse Ecology and Monitoring

NHRCP Seahorse certification cardPrerequisites

Be certified as an advanced diver under a leading diving organization (PADI, SSI, etc) (must include at least 1 deep dive)

Demonstrate proper diving ability at an Advanced Level and be proficient in buoyancy and self-awareness.

Complete the invertebrate survey of the Koh Tao Ecological Monitoring Program




Learn about seahorse ecology and identification and understand the global and local threats to seahorse populations

Learn the diagnostic features for identifying seahorses and be able to identify the most common local species of seahorses

Know how to survey for seahorses using the roving diver and transect survey methods

Practice a seahorse survey completing at least two of the main tasks (surveying along the line, controlling the GPS raft, keeping track of dive activity timing)

Be familiar with the website and how to enter sightings data into the global database



  • Attend 2 seahorse lectures
  • Attend 2 seahorse dive briefings
  • Complete ID Quiz
  • Complete 2 seahorse survey dives (in 2 different roles)
  • Enter GPS data into Google Earth
  • Enter sightings and data into the and NHRCP databases

Expected course time about 8 hours


This certification recognizes participants of the NHRCP for their learning and skill development while participating in the RCP Program. The price for NHRCP Students and Interns is just 500 baht per card, If you are interested in receiving this certification but are not a current NHRCP student please contact us for pricing.

View our list of Conservation Projects in the top menu or click here to find out more about our efforts to monitor and protect local seahorse populations