Rapid Monitoring Survey

The Eye on the Reef Rapid Monitoring Survey is designed for people with little, to moderate reef experience, who can either snorkel confidently, or dive.  It enables reef users to record what they see on the Reef and report that data to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

One of the strengths of the Rapid Monitoring Survey is that it can be used to monitor the same site regularly and get an idea of changes to that site over time.  It can also be used to get a basic snapshot of reef health at less frequently visited sites.

The survey can be completed in a short time and the underwater slate is easy to use, especially for  people who may not have a scientific background.

Participants who may get value from the program include:

  • School groups: use the survey as an introduction to reef biology, and then submit and view the data via the Eye on the Reef database. Eye on the Reef is linked to areas of study in the Queensland Education Marine Science senior syllabus
  • Tourism operators: involve visitors in a natural history dive that collects real data that will be used to manage and support the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Indigenous communities: use Rapid Monitoring Surveys to keep track of the Reef and marine animals in Traditional Owners' sea country

Download the Eye on the Reef Rapid Monitoring brochure.


The Eye on the Reef — Rapid Monitoring Survey online training program has six training modules, which include knowledge reviews and short assessment quizzes. Each module takes up to 30 minutes to complete. Once participants have reviewed all modules and quizzes, they will be ready to start undertaking surveys and will be added to the Rapid Monitoring Survey team.

To register your interest in being part of the Rapid Monitoring Survey team, please complete the Eye on the Reef online registration.

Download the Rapid Monitoring Survey form here.