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2-4 Weeks

Our 2-4 week courses are the most popular programs we offer.  These longer marine courses give students a more in-depth understanding of the research and restoration techniques used by professionals around the world, and also a choice of certifications from Conservation Diver, PADI, or SSI. Taking a longer course is often a life changing experience for many students, and is surely something you will remember the rest of your life. These programs give you the opportunity to participate in some exciting projects, and also be apart of our fun marine conservation team on the paradise island of Koh Tao.

By participating in the course, students can become more aware of global threats to reefs and about what can be done. Furthermore, they will contribute to conservation efforts here on the island and learn valuable skills which they will take with them and apply in other areas around the globe. It is through programs like this and the fees the students pay that allow us to fund and continue all of the great projects here on Koh Tao.

 

Divers must be certified as PADI or SSI advanced level or higher before beginning any marine conservation course. If you are a beginner diver, or have never dived before you can take the necessary courses at our dive school before beginning. The prices below are separated by starting diving level and take into account the time that will be spent in the initial dive courses (for example, a non-diver taking a 2 week course would spend 1 week doing the Open Water and Advanced courses, and then 1 week in the conservation program).

 

2 Weeks

Recognition card: Various options available through Conservation Diver, Two (2) cards included with course price ask us for more details.

Students learn about Coral Larvae Culturing Techniques

Students learn about Coral Larvae Culturing Techniques

Description: In the 2 week program, divers receive a basic certification in marine ecology and conservation theory, and get to participate and learn about many of our marine conservation topics.  The standard 2-week schedule includes all of the dives from the 1 Week program plus the following additional topics/dives (note that schedules are for example only and can vary, not all programs are available year round):

  1. Giant Clam Nursery basics and maintenance (dive to maintain giant clam nurseries and to asses giant clam health and abundance in reef areas)
  2. Climate Change and Threats to reef health, Advanced biorock techniques (dive to monitor and collect data on the Hin Fai Biorock)
  3. Advanced artificial reef Techniques (dive to asses various artificial reef types and methods around the island
  4. Basic coral anatomy and assessing reef health and coral coverage (dive to complete the EMP substrate monitoring dive for coral growth forms, health, and abundance)
  5. Advanced coral nursery techniques (dive to collect data and transplant corals from nurseries to the natural reef areas)

Cost: 21,000 THB (Advanced Divers), 25,700 THB (with Advanced Course), 34,300 THB (with Open Water and Advanced Courses)

Includes: Dive Equipment Rental, Lecture/Presentation on theory, certification, Course materials, the Ecological Monitoring Program Manual and Slate, and a DVD of pictures from the dives

 

3 Weeks

Recognition card: Various options available through Conservation Diver, Three (3) cards included with course price ask us for more details.

an NHRCP student cleans off an artificial reef to transplant corals onto

an NHRCP student cleans off an artificial reef to transplant corals onto

Description: for students wishing to get more in depth understanding of coral reef management and conservation techniques, includes all of the dives described in the 1 & 2 Week programs, plus the following additional dives/lectures (note that schedules are for example only and can vary, not all programs are available year round):

  1. Coral Diseases and compromised health states (dive to asses and identify states of compromised health or coral diseases
  2. Drupella Snails: Assessing levels of coral predation and balance on the reef (dive to survey and collect Drupella snails from areas where abundance is too high)
  3. Monitoring coral growth rates using photography (dive to photograph tagged corals on the Hin Fai Biorock or other artificial reefs)
  4. Advanced coral restoration techniques – Coral Spawning and reproduction (dive to asses coral fecundity and success of various restoration projects)
  5. Water quality sampling and testing (coupled with other dives being conducted on that day)

Cost: 29,900 THB (ADV. Divers), 37,900 THB (w/ADV course), 46,500 THB (w/OW & ADV Courses)

Includes: Includes: Dive Equipment Rental, Lecture/Presentation on theory, certification, Course materials, the Ecological Monitoring Program Manual and Slate, and a DVD of pictures from the dives

 

4 Week

Recognition card: Various options available through Conservation Diver, Four (4) cards included with course price ask us for more details.

Transplanting corals to reef ball structures in Tanote Bay, Koh Tao.

Transplanting corals to reef ball structures in Tanote Bay, Koh Tao.

Description: for students wishing to get more in-depth understanding of coral reef management and conservation techniques, gain entry level certification to join with other reef management groups, or start their own conservation program. Includes all of the dives described in the 1, 2, & 3 Week programs, plus the following additional skills/topics (note that schedules are for example only and can vary, not all programs are available year round):

  1. Assessing coral reef health and abundance using photography and the CPCe computer program
  2. Data entry and analysis
  3. Reef sampling techniques
  4. Coral recruitment studies
  5. Constructing artificial reefs and coral nurseries

Cost: 38,900 THB (ADV divers), 46,400 THB (w/ADV course), 55,500 THB (w/OW & ADV Courses)

Includes: Dive Equipment Rental, Lecture/Presentation on theory, certification, Course materials, the Ecological Monitoring Program Manual and Slate

 

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Course Requirements: To begin the NHRCP 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. Thus, a non-diver coming for 2 weeks would spend the first week learning to dive, and the second week learning the conservation.

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; increasing your potential. And we should take that same attitude with us after we leave the water. By encouraging stewardship and responsible business practices we believe dive schools will soon be rated not by how many certifications they pump out, but by their social and environmental impact.

Prices will vary depending on your present certification level so please contact us for more information about prices and schedules for these programs.Also check out our page on Internships and group trips for more information about special programs that we can offer.
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