PLANT A CORAL, RESTORE A REEF

2021

CORALPALOOZA™ DIVE DAY

FOR WORLD OCEANS DAY

JUNE 5, 2021

coralpalooza™ 2019

Participants 300+

Countries 11

Organizations 13

Corals planted in the Florida Keys  1,700

JOIN US FOR THE WORLD'S BIGGEST CELEBRATION OF CORAL RESTORATION!

Take part in the biggest day of active coral restoration on the planet!

Join the CRF™ Coral Crew and hundreds of other ocean lovers in the Florida Keys, and help reverse the extinction of the world's third-largest barrier reef!

A Coralpalooza™ Dive Day package is just $100 and includes:

  • Two restoration dives*

  • A limited-edition Coralpalooza™ 2021 T-shirt

  • A swag bag 

  • Automatic registration for Coralpalooza™ Digital 2021

 

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 cancelled 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 cancelled entirely in the interest of safety.

 

Can I spend one dive taking pictures?

We do encourage people to document their experience! 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 accomplishing 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 the 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 2021 year, training will be coordinated remotely through Zoom sessions. Once registration closes, multiple Zoom classes will be offered in the weeks leading up to June 5th. All registered dive and snorkel participants MUST attend a Zoom training 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 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 my 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!

ALL CORALPALOOZA™ BOATS ARE NOW FULL!

Sign up NOW for the First Alert for Coralpalooza 2022, so you can be sure you don't miss out next year!

When you get yourself on the First Alert List, we will give you a 48-hour head start to register. What are you waiting for?!

* PLEASE NOTE:

  1. All Coralpalooza™ in-water activities are weather-dependent. Once the registration opens, the registration donation is non-refundable and not transferrable in the case of cancellation.

  2. To take part in restoration activities, divers MUST have proof that they have been diving within the last year.

  3. For more information, please check the terms on conditions the registration form.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available!

 

for more info, Contact Roxane Boonstra at roxane@coralrestoration.org

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©2020 by Coral Restoration Foundation™

Headquarters

89111 Overseas Hwy, Tavernier, Florida 33070

 

Exploration Center

5 Seagate Blvd, Key Largo, Florida 33037

(Next to the Pilot House Restaurant & Marina)

(305) 453-7030

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