You will be amazed at how much you can learn in 1 week of marine conservation with us. The one week course is designed to give students a thorough overview of coral reef research and restoration techniques used by professionals around the world, and also includes several recognition card options through Conservation Diver. By joining on the 1 week conservation dive courses, students can become more aware of global threats to coral reefs and about what can be done about these. Furthermore, students contribute to conservation efforts here on Koh Tao, including research and restoration projects, and learn valuable skills which they will take with them and apply in other areas around the globe.
1 Week Reef Conservation Course
Recognition card: Various options available through Conservation Diver, one card included with course price ask us for more details.
Description: Join the marine conservation team on daily activities for 5 days (Monday -Friday, December 15th-October 15th). Each day begins with a talk and presentation on a different topic of coral reef research, protection, or restoration; and is followed by a dive to actually practice the learned methods and techniques on one of our on-going project sites. The daily schedule will change based on the projects and restoration being conducted at the time, but generally are as follows:
Introduction to Marine Ecosystems and Ecology (dive to identify Marine Invertebrates in accordance with the Ecological Monitoring Program [EMP])
- Biorock Basics and maintenance (dive to transplant corals to the Hin Fai Biorock)
- Artificial Reef Basics (dive to transplant corals on to and maintain artificial reefs as a passive restoration technique for the Coral Reef)
- Coral Nursery Basics and maintenance (dive to transplant corals on and off the coral nursery)
- Coral Reef Research and Monitoring (dive to asses fish abundance along a transect line as part of the EMP program)
- Giant Clam and Sea Turtle Nurseries and head-starting program, seahorse surveys, and much more
Cost: 11,725 baht (for Advanced Divers)
Includes: Dive Equipment Rental, boat and tank fees, Lecture/Presentation on theory, certification, course materials relevant to dives completed. Does not include accommodation, food, travel, or airfare.
Course Requirements: To begin one of the NHRCP dive courses you must be certified by PADI or SSI as an Advanced Level Diver. This means that non-divers coming to do the program must first complete the Open Water course (3 Days, 9,800 THB) and the Advanced Course (2-3 Days, 8,500 THB). Both of which can be done with the New Heaven Dive School while staying with us here on Koh Tao..
One of the the comments we get from almost every student is that they wish they could stay longer or had booked a longer course. One week sound like it wouldn’t be enough? Also be sure to check out our 2 week, 3 week, and 4 week courses. Or even better, spend a few months really getting to know the program and practicing your underwater conservation work through one of our internship programs.
Come join us for an experience you will never forget!
Also note that participants must be able to carry a gear bag on and off the boat, ascend stairs, and work outside and should be of physical condition to do so.
Diving is about expanding your limits and increasing your potential. And we should take that same attitude with us after we leave the water. You have the opportunity to enrich your life in many ways while on the island without contributing to the stress being placed on our environment. Ask us about how you can get involved on Save Koh Tao Projects, Yoga and meditation courses, Muay Thai classes, and much more while you participate in our dive courses.
Prices will vary depending on your present certification level so please contact us for more information about prices and schedules for these programs or if you have any further questions. Please book at least a few weeks in advance for any of the marine conservation programs to ensure your placement, as these courses may fill up in peak seasons.