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Congratulations Marie!

Congratulations Marie! She has spent the last month learning all about marine life, its world decline and its conservation both on land and in the water. Well deserved Marie, well done!


So what have you done for nature lately? If you fancy doing an EcoInternship like Marie, have a look at our Eco Courses page. In just 4 weeks, you will learn more about marine identification, how coral reef ecosystems function, and their conservation needs world wide. As divers, we are often blamed for the degradation of coral reefs, however we are also in the best position to do something about it. Reefs are already degraded in 93 of the 109 countries in which they occur, so if you fancy doing something good for the ocean as well as learning some valuable new skills under the water, come and do the Eco internship with Big Blue Conservation. For just 25,000, you get 3 specialities in monitoring and marine resource management, including all diving equipment rental and unlimited diving, great discounts around the resort, and you can do something good for nature! Hard to refuse!

What have you done for nature lately?

Moreover, what have you done for your diving career lately? Why not do both at the same time. Forward your diving education whilst contributing to essential conservation activities on Koh Tao.

Why not learn Marine ID so you can identify the wonderful marine life you see. Or maybe learn Perfect Buoyancy which not only improves you air usage and confidence underwater, but prevents you accidentally harming the marine life. Perhaps you'd like to become a Shark Diver and learn all about these wonderful apex predators. Or maybe learn Underwater Digital Photography, so you can capture the marine life and practice using equipment underwater essential for conservation research. Or you could do three of these specialities and become a CONSERVATION SPECIALIST! Learn new and exciting skills whilst becoming an ecologically minded diver - everyone wins! Only a 3 day course for 8,640 THB, it's hard to resist. Dieuwertje Hoornstra couldn't and she is now a Conservation Specialist. She says 'I wanted to continue my diving studies, but didn't want to do the rescue course. This course was perfect, very enjoyable to do and I felt like I learnt so much about things I never knew existed in the water!' Thanks Dieuwertje, come back soon!

 

Congratulations Mel!

Congratulations Mel! Our lovely EcoIntern Mel graduates today, after completing her 4 week internship learning all about the marine life and its conservation needs and efforts around the world. Her final project is a video on Big Blue Conservation efforts and acheivements for 2010, so watch this space for the video! She will have to undergo one final test however, tonight is her Challenge, a full night of humiliation and buckets. Oh how we treat our EcoInterns for helping saving the world. Her theme will be Pirates, just like those horrid Pirate whale fishing boats killing nearly 1000 whales a year. So shiver me timbers Mel, what a fantastic EcoIntern you arrrrrrre!

 

Congratulations Conservation Specialist Ruth and James!

A big blue round of applause for our latest graduates of the Conservation Specialist course! Ruth and James from Nottingham, UK, are now Shark Diving, Perfectly Buoyant, Underwater Naturalist Extraordinaries! They managed to see a turtle, dive in the presence of Bull Sharks, and face plant a few times in the buoyancy obstacle course. Also, they collected drupella snails that are damaging reefs around Koh Tao. Fantastic course guys, well done!

                             

                           

Well done Nat!!

Congratualtions Nathalie for finishing your internship! Nathalie was here for two months completing the field research element of her masters degree. She showed excellent organisation and research skills, and exeptional survey and coral identification skills.

             

Nathalie's project was looking at diver impact on coral reefs. Using roving diver observations, she surveyed damaged to reefs by divers, whether it was intentional or accidental, and whether level of diver experience correlates with impact caused. She also surveyed a number of our reefs to survey overall damage using a quadrat survey (see the pictures below). This work will be essential for implementing appropriate carrying capacity regulations at our reefs on Koh Tao.

So thank you Nathalie, really excellent work and a pleasure to have you here! No doubt we will be seeing alot of Nathalie in future conservation research.

 

BSAC with Big Blue Conservation launch Marine Conservation Speciality!

As divers, we are in the prime position to help our reefs remain the paradise they are today.To help educate and alert divers of the problems affecting the reefs, Big Blue Conservation has helped construct a new speciality supported by BSAC on Marine conservation.  Also, as an observational sport, knowing a little more about what you see underwater and improving your buoyancy skills and air consumtion will help make every dive count.  

The BSAC Marine Conservation Speciality Diving Course

1. Buoyancy workshop - including two buoyancy skills dives

2. Ocean environment

3. Coral Reefs - including marine identification dives and night dive

4. State of the reefs

5. Conservation - including two ecological monitoring, reef restoration and practical conservation dives

The official launch of the course is in May, but because we're special, Big Blue Conservation will be teaching this course now! For more information, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Marine Ecology at TDEX

To launch Big Blue Conservation's new BSAC Marine Conservation speciality diving course, Jen gave a talk on Marine Ecology at this year's Thailand Dive Exposition in Bangkok. This event is attended by numerous Thailand dive centres and divers alike, so it was a great opportunity to get the word out about how divers can get involved in marine conservation, and how one of Thailand's most amazing assests, its coral reefs, need preserving. The event went tremendously, with a lot of enthusiasm from dive schools in Thailand, Japan and Malaysia to teach the new specialised practical Marine Conservation course. Having all these divers eager to learn more about the reefs they relish to dive is great news for reefs around the world. I can hear the Durban Dancing Shrimp starting the party already...

 

Congrats to the first BSAC Marine Conservationists!

To raise funds and awareness for this years grand Save Koh Tao project, Buoyancy World 2.0, Big Blue is hosting this years Beach Olympics! With games such as tug-of-war, egg and sppon race, sack race during the day (with more drink orientated games at night of course...) and drink offers all day and night, great DJs and all for a good cause!! So bring you friends, your best beach olympic body and join in the fun! Events start at 5 pm until 10.30pm, when the last contest will be 'how many foam pies can you throw at a member of Big Blue's staff'!! Well, now you really can't miss that!

Congratulations Eco 'Mushroom coral' Laura!

Well done Laura! Laura Weiand has just completed her 6 weeks training in Marine Conservation with Big Blue, entailing a fantastically conducted and researched investigation into the population structure of mushroom coral fields on Koh Tao. Laura is completeing her Master degree with Leiden University and was under the supervision of Dr Bert Hoeksema, the prostiguous Mushroom coral expert from NCB Naturalis with whom Big Blue Conservation frequently collaborates with. Laura showed excellent commitment to the project (and theme parties too!) and we hope to see her back here very soon!

If you're interested in completeing an ecological internship, whether just for fun or for university credit, please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And don't worry if you're not a diver already, we can provide you with all the training, equipment and supervision to become the next aquatic David Attenborough!!

BSAC Thailand Eco-Initiavtives

BSAC Thailand, is licensed by BSAC International to independently operate the BSAC training system both commercially and in our dive branches, in Thailand. As well as offering the full range of BSAC training, BSAC Thailand, headed by their Marine Conservation Advisor, Jennifer Matthews, have been actively developing and promoting Conservation issues including developing a BSAC Marine Conservation Course. The course includes components such as : 1. Buoyancy workshop 2. Ocean environment 3. Coral Reefs 4. State of the reefs 5. Conservation Practical dives during the course start with an important check on buoyancy skills and include using transects and quadrats to survey various marine life on the reef to assess the health of the environment.

             

       

"Divers are ambassadors to the underwater world, and without the data collected by divers trained in underwater conservation techniques, policies are unlikely to be made, let alone be accurate. It’s very easy to get involved in conservation work and it starts with being a responsible tourist, so find the 'eco-minded' centers and ask them how you can get involved. You may even end up with a free dive!" Jennifer Matthews, BSAC Thailand Marine Conservation Advisor Conservation activities are an increasingly important part of the work of responsible ‘Eco’ dive resorts like Big Blue, Koh Tao, Thailand. As well as regular ‘Beach Cleans’ and ‘Underwater cleans’ there are also other featured activities including ‘Swim4Sharks’. The work of BSAC Thailand and their Conservation Advisor will continue and regular reports will follow.

Happy New Year Eco warriors!!

It's been one incredible year & Big Blue Conservation would like to thank you all for getting involved, helping out and making sure that Koh Tao stays green and clean! So let us just say one huge thank you to all our volunteers and to all Big Blue guests for choosing to stay and dive with Big Blue, one of Koh Tao's most eco-friendly resorts. Also a big thank you to Save Koh Tao and fellow eco teams on Koh Tao. We would like to wish you all a very happy new year, see you all in 2012 when there will be even more opportunities for you all to do something good for our paradise island!

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