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coralpalooza™ 2019

300+ Participants

11 Countries 

13 Organizations 

1,700 Corals planted in the Florida Keys  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How does the day work?

Coralpalooza™ is considered a full-day event! Registrants will be assigned to dive operators based on the location that they selected (Key Largo or Key West), but the reefs may all be different! Two dives per registrant are coordinated and boats are scheduled for a full day to allow for all divers to not feel pressured by dive time; however, all buddy teams must return to the dive vessel with no less than 500PSI. Travel times on the vessel will vary as well from 30 to 60 minutes, so departure times may vary. Overall, please plan for 4-6 hours on the boat.

 

What will I be doing?

Restoration activities and SCUBA diving are always weather-dependent activities. The safety of our divers, both participants, and our CRF team, is our ultimate priority. The intention of the day is to return corals to the reef in various quantities up and down the Florida Keys, but this activity may be changed or even canceled last minute. Should the weather not allow for restoration activities but is deemed safe enough for recreational diving per the dive operators, then activities will be revised. Should a small craft advisory or warning be issued, dive activities may be canceled entirely in the interest of safety.

 

Can I spend one dive taking pictures?

We do encourage people to document their experiences! However, if returning corals to the reef, then all divers must join in this activity – if we bring 200 corals to be returned to the reef, then 200 corals will need to stay on that reef! We can’t bring corals back to land or to the ocean nursery if we don’t “finish”. We’ll thank you in advance to please plan on prioritizing your time to accomplish the work we plan to do!

 

How many dives are included?

Two dives are coordinated for all registrants. The CRF™ representatives on board coordinating the restoration activities (the “Coral Crew”) may conduct a third dive to finish any remaining restoration work.

 

Are they morning or afternoon dives?

So that restoration work and the dives do not feel rushed, activities are slotted over a 4-6 hour period. Some vessels may be a “morning” or “afternoon” trip but still a 4-hour period. Please plan your travel accordingly.

 

Do you provide rental gear?

Coral Restoration Foundation™ works with local dive operators for restoration activities and vessel usage. All registrants will be assigned a liaison dive operator once registration closes, and this dive operator can assist with any rental gear.

 

How about tanks/weights?

The dive operator that you are assigned to will provide the tanks and weights!

 

How about Nitrox?

The dive operator that you are assigned to may be able to support your Nitrox request!

 

Can I bring my own tanks?

Please direct this question to your assigned dive operator once registration closes and more details have been sent out!

 

How deep are the dives?

Great question! Dives may vary from 15-30 ft (5-10m) in depth for restoration activities. Should restoration activities be impacted due to weather and recreational diving occur, dive depths may vary pending the operator’s discretion.

 

How will I receive training?

This year, training will be coordinated both in-person as well as over Zoom. Keep an eye out for emails once you registered All registered dive and snorkel participants MUST attend a training session or participation will be limited to snorkeling.

 

I’ve already done a dive program, do I have to attend training?

Yes! Coralpalooza™ is such a unique event that being familiar with its programming is necessary!

 

I don’t have a buddy. What now?

Not a problem! There are many individuals who have registered. You will be buddied randomly with another individual unless previously indicated on your registration form.

 

What should I bring?

  • Food & snacks! Since we will be out on the water for 4-6 hours, this may encompass the traditional “lunchtime”. Please plan to bring some food for yourself and your group.

  • Water! While there will be water on board the boats, please plan to bring a refillable water container(s), and maybe even some electrolytes to ensure proper hydration. SCUBA diving is a thirsty sport!

  • Please protect your skin and eyes by covering up, using zinc- or titanium-based sunscreen (please NO sunscreen with oxybenzone chemicals; if unsure, then leave it at home!), bringing a hat, and wearing sunglasses.

  • While gloves are not required, those with sensitive skin may appreciate having a glove. A basic pair of simple gardening gloves are sufficient.

  • A towel(s)

  • Whatever else you need for a full day on the water!