A citizen is a member of a society who should have a vested interest in the well being, overall stability, and betterment of the world the live in. For very obvious reasons, not everyone is a scientist. It takes time, training, schooling, and an enormous amount of experience. Scientist are great at caring about their research, and often citizens care about it as well. They read our studies, they fund our research, and they learn more about themselves and the world they live in by doing so. However, as scientist, we will always be limited by man/women power to gather the actual data. Enter Coral Watch! A citizen scientist initiative designed to overcome this limitation of resources. The idea is this, by using simple apparatus and collections methods we can readily train an entire cohort of divers, fisherman, and beach bums to collect vital data on reef health. Additionally, by utilizing the citizens desire to not only protect their environment we can enable them to take action in process. By doing so we may gather greater amounts of data, increase dialogue to those who are voting on policy, and increase our ability as humans to understand and utilize the scientific method. Today we trained in the coral watch mantra, and where able to observe how the team trains ambassadors, how these ambassadors are taking the knowledge they learn to educate civilians in conservation efforts, and in doing so creating a new hope.