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Underwater cleanup March 2013Big Blue Diving launched Big Blue Conservation in 2009 by Dr Jennifer Matthews, and each year it has grown more successful. The department is focused on providing training in marine conservation, improving resort and dive policies, and encouraging sustainable tourism; all to limit the impact we have on the environment.

Over the years, we have worked closely with dive associations SSI and PADI to support several of our community-based projects, as well as donating to both PADI’s Project Aware projects and SSI’s Mission Deep Blue aims.

It has been a busy 2013, especially with Jen leaving to New Zealand to start her PhD and Instructor Lizzie taking hold of the reins. Just look at the numbers below at what a successful year we’ve had:

53underwater surveys conducted according to the SSI Ecological Monitoring Programme specifications.

3 370x250110,414 THB (approx. €2520) raised at our Swim for Sharks sponsored event, of which 15% was donated to the SSI MissionDeep Blue Costa Rica anti-finning campaign.

Over 150tonnes of rubbish collected on the beaches, roads and underwater during our monthly efforts to reduce marine pollution.

13SSI Eco diver marine biology internships conducted at Big Blue, during which interns learn more about the marine world and how to effectively conserve it, from which they can take this knowledge to other diving destinations and help make diving globally more sustainable.

5 underwater constructions built that offer conservation training and research.

Over 100 newly trained SSI Dive professionals (30 OWSI/70 DiveCon) all of whom spent a day learning about Mission Deep Blue and the Ocean Ranger program in our very own tailored one-day programme.

1 370x250Over 100 newly trained SSI Dive professionals (30 OWSI/70 DiveCon) all of whom spent a day learning about Mission Deep Blue and the Ocean Ranger program in our very own tailored one-day programme.

…the list goes on! And 2014 is set to be equally as exciting with the Koh Tao Festival in June and the 5th annual Swim4Sharks fundraiser in August, plus all the new interns signed up for our monthly marine conservation programme!

Our achievements are essentially down to the tourists and locals that contribute to our projects – so why not show your support this 2014 and help out at one of our monthly beach & underwater clean-ups? Or participate in the month-long marine conservation internship programme? Or start your Open Water diving course today at Big Blue Diving and experience the magnificent underwater world we are striving to protect!

Check out our website for more information on the courses we offer, and our Facebook page Big Blue Conservation for interesting facts and photos of all our projects.

Underwater cleanup March 2013Big Blue Diving launched Big Blue Conservation in 2009 by Dr Jennifer Matthews, and each year it has grown more successful. The department is focused on providing training in marine conservation, improving resort and dive policies, and encouraging sustainable tourism; all to limit the impact we have on the environment.

Over the years, we have worked closely with dive associations SSI and PADI to support several of our community-based projects, as well as donating to both PADI’s Project Aware projects and SSI’s Mission Deep Blue aims.

It has been a busy 2013, especially with Jen leaving to New Zealand to start her PhD and Instructor Lizzie taking hold of the reins. Just look at the numbers below at what a successful year we’ve had:

53underwater surveys conducted according to the SSI Ecological Monitoring Programme specifications.

3 370x250110,414THB (approx. €2520) raised at our Swim for Sharks sponsored event, of which 15% was donated to the SSI MissionDeep Blue Costa Rica anti-finning campaign.

Over 150tonnes of rubbish collected on the beaches, roads and underwater during our monthly efforts to reduce marine pollution.

13SSI Eco diver marine biology internships conducted at Big Blue, during which interns learn more about the marine world and how to effectively conserve it, from which they can take this knowledge to other diving destinations and help make diving globally more sustainable.

5underwater constructions built that offer conservation training and research.

Over 100newly trained SSI Dive professionals (30 OWSI/70 DiveCon) all of whom spent a day learning about Mission Deep Blue and the Ocean Ranger program in our very own tailored one-day programme.

1 370x250Over 100newly trained SSI Dive professionals (30 OWSI/70 DiveCon) all of whom spent a day learning about Mission Deep Blue and the Ocean Ranger program in our very own tailored one-day programme.

…the list goes on! And 2014 is set to be equally as exciting with the Koh Tao Festival in June and the 5th annual Swim4Sharks fundraiser in August, plus all the new interns signed up for our monthly marine conservation programme!

Our achievements are essentially down to the tourists and locals that contribute to our projects – so why not show your support this 2014 and help out at one of our monthly beach & underwater clean-ups? Or participate in the month-long marine conservation internship programme? Or start your Open Water diving course today at Big Blue Diving and experience the magnificent underwater world we are striving to protect!

Check out our website for more information on the courses we offer, and our Facebook page Big Blue Conservation for interesting facts and photos of all our projects.