SAYING GOODBYE TO SUMMER
There is no such thing as a typical Dive Program. When you work in the ocean you can never predict exactly what is going to happen. There could be a massive nurse shark basking in the nursery or a hungry wrasse nipping at your fingers as you clear an area of reef to secure a coral. What we can guarantee is you will ALWAYS have fun and learn a ton!
Divers and snorkelers join CRF™ to learn about coral reefs and how to save them! ©Coral Restoration Foundation™
Summertime is always one of our favorite seasons for Dive and Snorkel Programs because so many new faces join our coral crew! This summer between May and August we ran 26 private and public dive and snorkel programs with over 60 people joining our Coral Crew for a day!
Oh the Places You'll Go
After a full 12 months working with Coral Restoration Foundation and progressing from 1st round intern to a third round Dive Program Intern Julian Maheu is leaving CRF™ as an ambitious and skilled marine scientist! Julian started at CRF™ in September 2021 eager to learn everything he could about reef restoration. After absorbing as much knowledge as possible he decided his next mission was to teach the public everything he'd just learned! Thus he became the Dive Program Intern under the invaluable mentorship of our Dive Training Administrator Roxane Boonstra. Julian spent the last 4 months leading our public Dive and Snorkel Programs, interacting with ocean stewards who just like him didn't know much about coral reef restoration before spending time with CRF™. We are so happy to have had a full year with Julian and look forward to seeing where his skills and expertise take him next!
Julian learns nursery navigation during his first week with CRF™ 8 months later he was leading divers through our 500 Coral Tree™ maze! ©Coral Restoration Foundation™
Coral Chronicles Editor
Madalen Howard (she/her) is CRF's Communications and Outreach Coordinator. She comes to CRF™ via a winding road from the Tennessee hills, to the South Carolina low country, ending here in Florida’s Coral Reef. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology and a Minor in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston in 2016. Her experience ranges from field research to education, marketing and digital communications.
With CRF™ Madalen creates inclusive pathways to scientific discovery through content creation and by building and fostering relationships with press, digital media creators, and local community members. Throughout her life Madalen has had a skill connecting people with nature, and is excited to bring people into the world of coral restoration. .