The Coral Identification Workshop is a practical resource for coral identification that will make it possible even for beginners to advance rapidly with no prior knowledge. The workshop will be led by Beginer Subhan, M.Si, the core team member of Biorock Indonesia and lecturer at Bogor Agricultural University. Beginer Subhan is one of two certified coral identification trainers in Indonesia. The 4-day workshop will utilise a combination of audio-visual lessons, hands-on training, tutorials and instruction. Participants will learn how to identify corals to genus regardless of growth form. Special emphasis will be placed on techniques for field identification, self-learning and problem solving. Case studies of how to proceed to species level identification will be demonstrated.



Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4


Prior Knowledge Evaluation

Intro to Coral Finder Training & Coral Finder

What the Coral Finder Does


Introduction to Corals

Introduction to Corals Review

Handle and identify specimens


Meandering Corals Meandering Coral Review —Break– Desktop exercise with laminated images

Massive Corals

Massive Coral Review


Budding Review

Septo-costae Review

Review sessions with specimens and laminated photographs

Revision movie 1


Revision movie 2

Revision movie 3


Measuring Corals Branching Corals Branching Coral Review Plan, execute and review one field dive exercise based around branching corals

Plan, execute, and review two field exercise dives based around Meandering Corals


Compile list genera from Day 1 and Day 2 field dive exercises

Plan, execute and review two field dive exercises based around Massive Corals. Compile list of coral genera from Day 1, 2 , and 3 field dive exercises

End of Workshop Evaluation

Overview of the State of Coral Taxonomy

Optional Dive


Optional Evening Discussion

Optional Evening Discussion

Celebration, Awards, and Photo Sharing


Beginer Subhan

Beginer Subhan

Tropical Coral Reef and Scientific Expert

Beginer is a Marine Biology Lecturer and Researcher from Bogor Agricultural University. Currently, Begin is actively engaged in  Scientific Diving campaign, a program encouraging the use of Scuba Diving skills for scientific activities. He is also responsible for the design, analysis and publication of scientific research on Biorock Projects.

Beginer and Rizya have received accreditation from The Coral Identification Capacity Building Program (CICBP) held by Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area Network (FLMMA) in 2012. They biologists have completed several coral finder workshops in many areas in Indonesia.

Rizya Legawa Ardiwijaya

Rizya Legawa Ardiwijaya

Conservation Science Specialist

Rizya has been a Conservation Science Specialist in Non profit organisations since 2010. He has over 20 years of experience in coral reef surveizya and Beginer Subhan have obtained accreditation from The Coral Identification Capacity Building Program (CICBP) held by Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area Network (FLMMA) in 2012. He has led several coral finder training and workshops in many areas in Indonesia.

Dondy Arafat

Dondy Arafat

Scientific Diving, Coral Reef Restoration and Coral Reef Reproduction Expert

Dondy is a Master Graduate in Marine Science from Bogor Agricultureal University. His is an expert in Scientific Diving, Coral Reef Restoration and Coral Reef Reproduction Development. Currently he actively involved in developing Scientific Diving in Indonesia and Dive Guide Certification, partnering with Bogor Agricultural University and Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia.

What Will You Learn?

Once you learn to recognise what types of corals you see, it will be easier to identify the exact genus after a scuba dive. For example, brain shape corals have different colours and curve size, they could be the same or different genus. We teach the characteristics to observe when comparing similar corals, what notes to take, and how to reference it yourself or with the local scuba instructor.

With enough practise you may be able to build a database of coral genus in your location, or build an information guide activity for guests staying at your accommodation. It is also possible to compare genus groups in two different locations and conduct research of causes of the differences between the two.

After seven scuba dives you will learn:

  • How to identify characteristics of corals.
  • Knowing the coral genus based on characteristic
  • About Award Winning Community Based Coral Reef Restoration with Biorock (R) in Pemuteran Village that can help saving coral genus facing the global warming threat.


Who Should Attend

“What was that name of the coral? Why they have different shape and colour?” These are common questions heard after a dive. If you want to be the scuba diver with the answers, then sign up for the Coral Finder Workshop course.

You’ll appreciate your dives even more when you recognise the coral and their characteristics. If you are in the hospitality business you can better inform your guests about the types of coral.

If you’re at least 18 years old and a Certified Open Water Diver or higher, you can enroll in the Coral Finder Workshop.

What Equipment Will You Use?

  • Basic SCUBA Diving (provided)
  • Underwater Coral Finder Book (provided, purchase option available)
  • Magnifying glass (provided, available with book purchase)
  • Underwater camera (not provided, participant should bring their own)
  • Slate/ Underwater notes (provided)




Coral Finder Underwater Book. Small magnifying glass and ruler are included



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