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Big Blue Conservation - Koh Tao - Thailand

Specialty Courses

At Big Blue we offer a wide range of both PADI, SSI, BSAC, and SDI speciality courses aimed specifically at those who are interested in marine conservation. Some of the courses are specifically conservation based but some are aimed at improving your diving skills in order to minimise accidental damage underwater or offer the opportunity to learn skills that may be used in conducting research.

BSAC Marine Conservation

BSAC Marine Conservation Speciality Diving Course is the first of BSAC's ecological minded courses. 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. As an observational sport, knowing a little more about what you see underwater and improving your buoyancy skills and air consumtion will help influence low-impact diving.

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Project AWARE Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to conserve underwater environments through education, advocacy and action. All donations made to Project AWARE help to combat the challenges facing the aquatic environment, such as providing tourist information on minimising their impact, supporting critical beach and underwater clean up events around the world, classrooms and materials for education, other specialist projects such as our Constrcuted Wetland project, and help to set up coral reef monitoring programmes as performed by Big Blue Diving.

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SSI Navigation

To be an independent diver, it's vital to be able to navigate underwater. Just like on land, underwater navigation is a combination of using natural landmarks and compass work. The SSI Navigation course will teach you how to navigate with a compass and how to apply natural navigation skills. You will also learn how to estimate distances, navigate different search patterns, find your way to different marking points and to get back to the exit point at any time.

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SSI Perfect Buoyancy

Weak buoyancy skills cause a huge amount of accidental damage to marine life. This course is ideal for any diver who wants to improve diving skills and at the same time wants to reduce the risk of them causing accidental damage to the reef. Improving your buoyancy skills means that you can get a closer look at the marine life without worrying about bumping into things. This course also helps improve your underwater photography skills by teaching you how move slower or even stop in the water. Having good buoyancy control also improves your air consumption.

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SSI Digital Underwater Photography

The world of diving opens up a completely new fascinating world and the best way to capture your memories is by taking photographs. The Digital Underwater Photography specialty course teaches you about the equipment required, how to take care of equipment, the special considerations about taking photographs underwater and which settings on your camera will take the best shots.

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SSI Night & Limited Visibility

Diving opens up a new and exciting world but it can be a confusing place in limited visibility and at night when we can’t use our usual senses to guide us. This course teaches the principals of being safe but still being able to enjoy diving in more difficult conditions.

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PADI Coral Watch

Developed by the University of Queensland, Australia, Coral Watch is a coral health monitoring protocol used to evaluate coral bleaching. Using the standardised CoralWatch colour chart, we can monitor the change in colour intensity of the corals, which has a direct relationship to its health.

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SSI Marine ID

The underwater world is a fascinating place but becomes much more intriguing once you know more about the marine life you're loking at - or even knowing what you're looking at! This course teaches you about the different sorts of life and intricate relationships that make up these beautiful ecosystems.

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SSI Underwater Naturalist

This course will enlighten you to the different aspects of the marine ecosystem, along with identification skills which mean you will be able to identify not just a species, but also the families they belong to and their behaviour within the marine world.

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SSI Shark Ecology

Sharks have always captivated the attention of mankind, for centuries. This Program will help you to seperate fact from fiction and learn the truth about these fascinating creatures. You will learn how to react properly when diving or snorkelling with Sharks.

Experience the fascination of Sharks in an unforgettable way! Divers and non-divers have the chance to find out more about Sharks..

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SDI Marine Ecology Awareness

Divers have a vested interest in protecting the marine environment. In many cases, divers do not have environmental information about local sites. This specialty is designed to increase a diver’s understanding of marine and freshwater environments, the problems facing these unique ecosystems, and the role that diver’s play in protecting our marine resources.

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SDI Research Diver

The certified diver looking to learn research techniques used during diving and to learn more about the underwater world including the environment and the aquatic life

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SDI Shore and Beach Diver

The purpose of this course is to acquaint a diver with the necessary procedures and knowledge to safely dive from shore. The focus of this specialty must be on how to handle different types of surf and shore conditions. Many great dive sites are accessible from the shore and do not require the use of a boat but do require some basic techniques and information how to execute the dives safely.

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SDI Solo Diver

At one point or another, many divers have found themselves alone during a dive, whether it was intentional or not. SDI’s Solo Diving is the practice of self reliant scuba diving without a “dive buddy.”Solo diving, once considered technical diving and discouraged by most certification agencies, is now seen by many experienced divers and some certification agencies as an acceptable practice for those divers suitably trained and experienced. Rather than relying on the traditional buddy diving safety system, solo divers should be skilled in self-sufficiency and willing to take responsibility for their own safety while diving.

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