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Big Blue Conservation - Courses

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!

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!

 

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!

                             

                           

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!

 

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.