The marine conservation courses are designed to teach divers how to interact with the marine environment in a positive way, contribute to reef research, manage local reefs, and work on coral restoration or protection projects.
Reef research and monitoring is the only way to get a true idea of what the problems are and what needs to be done to alleviate them.
After the problem has been identified we can start to reduce the damage with various coral restoration activities.
After finishing one of our reef conservation courses, participants will have a greater understanding of coral ecosystems and the threats to them, and learn new diving and underwater skills. The courses are broken down to accommodate those wishing to try things out for a few days, to writing a thesis or earn valuable job training over the course of 3 months.
Students of the program range from non-divers interested in learning to dive and using their new skills to ‘give something back’ to this beautiful environment, to certified divers interested in learning something new or getting involved in volunteer activities on their holiday, to university students conducting PhD and Masters degree thesis projects.
Through Conservation Diver Courses, students gain hand-on experience in coral reef ecology, research, protection, and restoration. Our courses run Monday through Friday, from 9:30 am until about 3:30pm. Generally the morning starts with a lecture and PowerPoint on the day’s topic, and then we prepare the equipment and materials for the afternoon dive. Next the team heads out to the sea to work on the day’s project, generally with one long dive of about 60-120 minutes. After the dive we spend a short time discussing the topics learned or entering the data collected.
The unique location and situation on Koh Tao provides the perfect location to learn about coral reefs and the marine environment and our school has a variety of learning options to choose from. Whether you just want to spend a day or two learning about what we do or want to spend a month actively participating in real projects or get certified as a Conservation Diver, we can accommodate you.