Recognition Card: (1) Conservation Diver card, usually ‘Introduction to Marine Ecology and Monitoring’, but other options also available, ask for details.
Description: The 3 day program is designed for anybody curious about or wishing to learn about marine research and restoration but does not have the time to participate in the long-term projects. Participants can choose wither or not to receive a basic certification in marine ecology and conservation theory. Courses run Mondays-Fridays, 3 day participants will be involved in projects going on that week, which can vary, but a typical schedule would be:
- Day 1
- “Intro to Coral Reef Ecology” & “EMP Research Techniques” Lectures
- 1 EMP Survey Dive
- Day 2
- “Intro to Biorock© Technology and research” Lecture
- 1 Dive on the Hin Fai Biorock Site
- Short Underwater Clean-up
- Day 3
- “Intro to Coral Nurseries” Lecture
- 1 Dive to maintain and take data on the current Coral Nurseries
Cost: No Recognition card- 5,600 THB, with Conservation Diver Recognition Card- 6,325 THB
Includes: Dive Equipment Rental, Lecture/Presentation on theory, course materials relevant to dives completed, and CD of pictures from the dives
Course Requirements: To begin the NHRCP courses you must be certified by PADI or SSI as an Advanced Level Diver.
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.