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What you need

  1. Instruction Sheet

  2. Dates of Surveys and High Tide Times Table

  3. 20 meter string for estimating pace length.

  4. Pacing Trial Form

  5. Tally Sheet

  6. Beach Site Sheet

  7. The 1 square meter, known as a quadrat, used for sampling will be provided by survey coordinators (Benjie Swan or Bill Hall)

Before the Survey

Determining Pace

Follow these instructions before your first assigned time to survey and preferably on a beach since pace length is affected by the surface you are walking on. This should take 15 to 20 minutes to complete.  Note: Each person only has to determine their pace ONCE for the whole season.

  • Lay the 20 m string out straight on the ground. You will use this to fill out the Pacing Trial Form.

  • Count the number of paces it takes you to walk the length of the string using your normal stride. Remember that a pace equals two steps. Enter this number in the space next to TRIAL 1 on the Pacing Trial Form.

  • Repeat this process twice more. Enter the second number next to TRIAL 2 and the third number next to TRIAL 3.

  • These three numbers are A, B, and C on the Pacing Trial Form. Add A, B, and C, and divide this number by three to find D, your average number of paces per 20 meters. 

  • Divide D by 20 to find your average number of paces per meter (E on the form).

Note: The average number of paces per meter is probably different for each person, because it depends on your stride length. So, it is important you do this yourself and know these numbers before you arrive at the beach.