Submerged Heritage Monitoring Scouts Workshop

To kick off the Citizen Science Saturday Series, REEF is partnering with Hertiage Monitoring Scouts (HMS Florida), a public engagement program focused on tracking changes to archaeological sites at risk, particularly those impacted by erosion and sea level rise. 

Florida has over 16,000 archaeological sites at risk for damage. Learn to protect our underwater heritage with NOAA and the Florida Public Archaeology Network in this program.

Hurricane Irma damaged numerous submerged archaeological sites in 2017, leaving archaeologist scrambling to document them. This year, join the Florida Public Archaeology Network and REEF for a day long workshop to learn how you can help record environmental impacts to FLorida's underwater sites. This engaging workshop consists of a morning in the classroom with FPAN staff at REEF's Interpretive center learning more about the area's history, as well as how archaeologists document changes to sites. This is followed by an afternoon practicial dive session at the City of Washington using the skills you learned to photograph and document the site. Volunteers for the program have documented over 20 sites already in the Florida Keys, but we need your help!

* If you have your own camera that you wish to use, please bring it for the diving portion of the program* 

Location and Times

REEF Interpretive Center

98300 Oversease Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037

9:00am- MANDATORY Classroom portion (free)

              During the classroom portion the basics of identifying underwater cultural heritage, laws pertaining to submerged sites, and the process of                          completing the data will be covered. 

            ** If you wish to attend the classroom portion and NOT attend the diving portion please RSVP via e-mail to**

Pirates Cove Watersports 

103800 Overseas Hwy Marriott Key Largo Bay Beach Resort, Key Largo, FL 33037

All dives are subject to change based on weather and other conditions.

Dive space must be booked with REEF in advance. Space is limited!

1:00pm - Check in. Complete shop's diving form. 

1:30pm- Departure

              Participants will have the opportunity to use a large underwater scale, camera, and wrist slate to conduct the necessary data needed for the particular dive site.

5:00pm- Return

Payment and Registration Form


Please book your space directly with REEF. You do not need to call the dive shop unless you need to rent dive gear.

Complete REEF Registration Dive Form

Please have this form completed before 3pm Feb. 8th 2019. Another dive form will need to be completed at the shop on the day of the event.


What if I need rental gear?

Please contact the dive shop to make arrangements for rental gear. All costs for rental gear will be paid directly to the dive shop. Tanks and weights are included in the cost of the dive trip and do not need to be reserved in advance. (305)-453-9881

What happens after I register?

Shortly after you submit your registration form, one of our staff will send you a confirmation email. You will also be asked to complete a REEF liability waiver . Any other necessary paperwork, such as dive shop waivers, will be completed in person on the day of the trip. 

What is the cancellation policy?

All dives are subject to change based on weather and other conditions. Due to the nature of the event and limited space, no refunds are available for cancellation or no shows. You will receive a full refund for the dive cost if the dive operator cancels that day's trip, however, we are not able to offer refunds for this event under any other circumstance.