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Lenora making bins for plastic bottlesLenora's Eco Internship Experience

"Participating in the BB Eco Internship went beyond my expectations.

It opened my eyes and expanded my mind to the true beauty of our oceans and their immense importance to our environment. The program was educational, with the instruction being followed up with practical activities to immediately apply what we learned.

Lots of diving earning several certifications in the process was an added bonus. From working in the nursery, to coral charting and ID with plenty of time for fun dives in between, it was a great balance to enjoy all aspects of the program and Koh Tao. A fantastic experience overall. "

Written by Lenora (June eco intern)

Lenora and Nat on the boat

Nat in the eco labMy Eco Internship Experience - June 2014

The first time I came to Koh Tao, was in May 2013 as part of my travel around the world. I dived with Big Blue Diving and enjoyed it so much that I had to come back. A year went by and now I've just finished a month as a eco intern with Big Blue Conservation.

With the internship I've not only learned about marine biology and conservation, but also getting specialised in nitrox and deep diving, CPR training, how to be a better diver and how to treat our most important element in a way so the next generations can enjoy its beauty as well.

Nat on a boatApart from diving with whalesharks, turtles, black tip sharks and loads of other fish around Koh Tao, I've really enjoyed our nursery dives just out of Sairee Beach. The coral nursery is where I can not only feel but also see that we're doing something good for our reef, and with the teaching in BSAC marine conservation I've also learned that even the smallest things make a change.

With Big Blue it's very easy to get lifelong travel friends, my global dive family has extended and this month wouldn't have been the same without any of the people I've met at Big Blue, DMT as well as instructors and fellow eco warriors.

This summer has changed my point of view towards our oceans, and I can definitely recommend getting into marine conservation to everyone who wants to do something different while traveling or just for the summer. With Big Blue Conservation you get to see how the other two-thirds of the world live.

-- Natascha (June eco intern)

Nat with Big Blue friends

 

Shark Guardian presentation at Choppers

 

WHAT IS SHARK GUARDIAN?

Shark Guardian is an organization dedicated to the conservation of sharks through education, promoting research, and protection and sustainability of the marine habitat to safeguard the future of these amazing fish. One of their primary ventures is the Shark Guardian presentation, a multi media production for all ages aimed at bringing awareness to the important role sharks play in our marine ecosystems as well as our planets future and the need to protect them. It combines education on the different species, interesting facts, conservation and what we can do to make a difference in maintaining their survival.  

Brendon educating school kids

 

WHY ARE SHARKS IMPORTANT?

Shark have survived almost 450 million years, maintaining the delicate balance of our marine ecosystem. They are at the top of the ocean food chain and are vital to maintaining a healthy ocean balance and are an important indicator of our ocean's health.  They even indirectly maintain coral and seagrass which produce most of the worlds oxygen. Depletion and elimination of the shark population would cause an imbalance in the equilibrium of our oceans and have devastating effects on the earths environment. 

 

Blog written by Lenora (June Eco Intern)

This month we are teaching more Marine Conservation courses than ever before! Book your place before it's too late!

BSAC Marine Conservation Speciality Diving Course is the first of BSAC's ecological minded courses. The course takes 3.5 days to complete and includes 4 lectures and 4 dives including one at our coral nursery. The lectures covering everything from the ocean environment to current impacts to our reefs. You will learn how to ID fish and coral species, and gain practical experience in surveying and coral transplanting.

Marine Conservation course schedule July

 

The BSAC Marine Conservation Speciality Diving Course

  1. Ocean environment - in order to truly understand our aquatic environment, we must first know about the oceans composition and processes as a whole. All our oceans are connected, and one minor change in one ocean can affect the entire ecosystem.
  2. Coral Reefs - including marine identification dives and night dive. This is the most rewarding section of the course. You will learn alot more about underwater organism identification, including coral anatomy and biology. After this section, you will get so much more out of your dives.
  3. State of the reefs - Our oceans are in a rapid state of decline, and as divers we are in the perfect position to do something about it. But first we need to fully understand what is happening.
  4. Conservation - including two ecological monitoring, reef restoration and practical conservation dives. Here you will learn what you can do to contribute to conservation and preservation of our aquatic world.

This 4 day, 4 dive course is only 8,500 baht and includes course manual, all dives, equipment and teaching.

 

For more information and to book your place on the course, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enter our photography competition

Love taking photos? Want to share your passion with the world? Wish you could join us on our full day trips to Chumphon Marine Park? Or do you want to know more about coral and our nursery? Then this is the competition for you!!!

We are holding a photography competition this month to celebrate the start of the New Year and all things eco! We want people from all areas of the diving industry to join in: recreational divers, instructors, divemasters, beginners, technical divers..everyone! But you don't have to be an expert in photography to enter; all you need is a camera and a love for conservation.

The theme this month is Koh Tao island. The photo can be taken underwater or on land, and the subject must portray an eco message or have an eco caption. You only need to enter one photo to have the chance of winning one of the 3 amazing prizes! And all the money raised will contribute to this years Swim4Sharks 2014 fundraiser! Read below for all the information:

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Final date for submissions: 31st March 2014

Judging Day: 4th April

 

1st Prize: Full day trip to Chumphon Marine Park

2nd Prize: Half-day coral workshop

3rd Prize: Eco tshirt & bag

 

Entry fee for 1 photo: 200 baht

Entry fee for 3 photos: 500 baht

 

Email your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop them off at the Big Blue shop (Sairee Beach) on a USB stick, CD or DVD with your entry fee. Please include your name in the file name. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note: Prizes are awarded as a voucher, valid for 6 months from the 4th April. Full day trip to CMP is availabe on scheduled dates, subject to weather conditions. Coral workshop must be scheduled in advance. Eco tshirt & bag can be redeemed from Big Blue's Drift store.