Divers were advised to review the training materials, cards, and data collection forms supplied to them during training before each recreational dive. Since none of the materials was designed to be submerged, it was recommended that divers review and leave materials on-shore prior to beginning each dive.
Divers were trained to identify specific field markings and characteristics for each of the species of interest, and how to differentiate those species from other similar species. Divers were encouraged to review those markings and differentiating characteristics prior to each dive.
While no dive training of any kind was provided, divers were encouraged to proceed slowly and approach hard substrates closely in order to maximize the likelihood of encountering species of interest. It was made clear that any decision regarding how to dive safely was left up to the divers and that no particular requirement as to how and where to dive was being suggested.
It was suggested that if other trained divers were part of the group, that confirmation of a sighting be obtained whenever possible.
Submerged divers were encouraged to use whatever recording process they were comfortable with, and to be sure to record observations as soon as possible after finishing the dive to maximize accuracy.
Divers were encouraged to use GPS, map, or other data to identify the location of the dive and species of interest, as accurately as possible. Common geographic names for popular dives were also suggested as appropriate for location data.
Divers were encouraged to submit data on-line, but were told that data submitted through regular mail is acceptable as well. Divers were trained on the specifics of the data form, and were given an initial supply at the training.