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Earth Day

A day dedicated purley to the environment, has been happening now for over 40 years, and here at Big Blue we also spent the day doing what we can to help our struggling environment. 

This year we were invited to join other businesses in an island wide clean up, of not only the beaches, and roads, but also the local diving sites. Earth day 500 x 281

With the involvement of over 60 businesses, including other dive schools we collected over 1,254 Kg of trash, with the help of over 353 divers.

Along with the mass clean up we also raised money for one of Koh Tao's oldest protectors of the seas, Chad Scott. One of the co-founders of the Save Koh Tao organisation, he has helped and created varies projects, that have made Koh Tao more environmentally sustainable.

Unfortunatly he was recently diagnosed with luekemia and so as a community we also held a fundraising event for him on the evening of the 22nd, raising a total of 735,500 Thai baht.

In whole the community really did come together, WELL DONE EVERYONE!Shanna Earth day

 

Nigel our ever enthusiastic intern

I came to Big Blue on a whim not knowing how much I would like scuba diving. I finished my open water course and immediately knew I was hooked and signed up for the advanced course the next day. I had to go back to my job as a teacher in Thailand after that but first chance I got I was right back at Big Blue diving. I had discovered something truly new and amazing to do.

After just 10 dives I felt that I wanted scuba diving to become a part of my life. I signed up for the rescue,deep, nitrox and wreck courses offered in the hopes of exploring as much of the underwater world as I could and become experienced enough to do the Eco internship with Rachel. The Eco internship was by far the most satisfying and rewarding diving I have done to date. It gave me the opportunity to interact with the underwater world and transform my diving from purely spectating to helpful participation with the ecosystem. During my internship my skills and knowledge around diving increased dramatically and I am far more confident underwater than I once was. I was the only intern in the course and got to work one on one with my instructor Rachel. Nigel

This allowed my time with her to be very flexible and tailored my interests. She is very dedicated to what she does, her passion flowed into her work. During my time with her I learned how to care for the local coral formations. Cleaning up large bits of garbage from the ocean has never been so fun. I didn't feel like just another tourist when I was helping clean and care for the marine life. Doing the Eco internship was some of the most enjoyable diving I got to do and I hope that the program expands. It's a great way to get experience if you are thinking of continuing your diving career. I have nothing but good things to say about my experience at Big Blue.

Thanks Nigel, it was a pleasure, carry on sharing the passion!

A NEW YEAR

So how did we get on over the past 12 months, well with more than 20 new BSAC Marine conservationists certified, plus the removal of over a ton of trash from the oceans, as well as the local beaches, I’d say not bad.  Then of course we had some great fundraising events throughout the year, from charity auctions, quizzes, to competitive swim events, raising money for some awesome charities, I believe the grand total of 200,000 Thai Baht was raised. Going to such charities like;

  • Sea Shepherd Australia

http://www.seashepherd.org.au/

  • Shark Guardian

http://www.sharkguardian.org

  • Soi Dog Foundation

http://www.soidog.org/en/about-soi-dog/

  • Noistar Animal Clinic Koh Tao

http://www.kohtaoanimalclinic.org/8

However I don’t think it would have been merely as successful a year, if it wasn’t for the awesome volunteers that joined us in 2015. Designing new posters, giving presentations to our DMT’s, and of course looking after the local reef. Your efforts and contributions will all ways be appreciated, and from everyone at Big Blue Diving we commend you for ‘Saving Our Seas!’

Valentine Charity Auction

Well it was such a great success last year that we decided why not, it’s all for a good cause. So we went with it, trying to make it bigger and better than its predecessor, with a local DJ plus more amazing hotties from all over Koh Tao and some hungry bidders, wanting to grab themselves a date for valentine. animal clinic 12 

Come 8 o’clock the bar was full, with the community of Koh Tao coming together to raise money for the two great charities we chose, and that community didn’t disappoint with a grand total of 45,000 Thai Baht, I’d say they did good.  Oh and everyone had an awesome time, not sure on how those valentine dates went, but hey it’s all for charity. 50

http://www.seashepherdglobal.org/

http://www.kohtaoanimalclinic.org/

QUIZ TIME

Everyone loves a good quiz show, so here at Big Blue Conservation, we thought why not bring the show to the people. So with the help of Jillian and Sabina Eco interns, we designed a quiz, with questions all related to animals, with 5 different rounds.animal clinic 2

The night was a success, raising just short of 10,000 Thai baht, everyone had a great time with laughter all night, even after the quiz had finished. The money we raised would be given to the Soi Dog Foundation based in Bangkok, and helping homeless dogs and cats across Thailand, with not just medical problems. But also running an amazing worldwide adoption program, which saves these animals from any further pain, with giving them a new life with a new family.

http://www.soidog.org/en/about-soi-dog/