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Big Blue Conservation - Courses

Fancy learning all about the underwater realm, learning to dive, and carry out life-changing conservation work in a tropical paradise? Whether you are looking for a life experience you won’t forget, a career break, gap year, improving you CV, starting a career in conservation, voluntary work abroad or just simply looking to broaden your horizons and try something new and exciting, we have the opportunity of a lifetime for you.

Our Conservation expedition and Skill Development programme is 4 weeks, including diver training (normally the Open water and Advanced course, but if you already have these we can offer other training such as Rescue or Nitrox), Marine Biology lectures and underwater science training, BSAC Marine Conservation Training, Emergency First Response First aid training, accommodation in one of our air conditioned dorms, and dive equipment rental included.

Then, if that's not enough of a life experience or for the CV, you will have the opportunity to complete a project of your own during the last week, whether it's a fundraiser, education tool, or marine research project. And did I mention the huge celebration we will have at the end??

Now here's the best bit - normally 28,500 baht, if you book with us before October 30th, all this is only 25,000 baht! Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more and for dates of our expeditions in 2013, or have a look at our Conservation Expedition page

             

As a leading diver training centre, you will be taught how to dive by experienced qualified instructors. During your first week, volunteers take part in SCUBA training they will be qualified as divers at both open water and advanced open water level. If you are already qualified, no worries! For volunteers that are looking to improve their diving qualifications beyond the advanced open water level this too can be achieved whilst volunteering, such as Nitrox, Deep, Wreck qualifications, or further your diver training and become a Rescue Diver. Any volunteers that do not require dive training can join the expedition as part of the main group a week later, and fin dive in the first week instead with our excellent Divemaster team.

So why Big Blue? Big Blue Conservation offers a unique experience in the world of Marine Conservation and Diver training. Not only do we have trained scientific staff on board with academic verification and years of experience, we have gifted and experienced instructors to offer an incredible range of extra diver training.

Well another month gone, another successful conservation action done! Congratulations to our super Marine Conservationists who just completed the BSAC Marine Conservation skill development programme as part of their Marine Conservation Internship. Now Harrie, Cait, Nick, Laura, Sophia, Emily, Ashley and Naomi can fly the eco flag high and contribute to conservation all around the world. From here, Harrie is off to work in Australia in Ninglaoo Reserve, Cait is going to save the mantas, Emily is completing a degree in marine science, Sophia is going to start filming all the beautiful aquatic life, Laura and Nick will be snapped up for Divemaster work as all the dive schools want the most Eco friendly divemasters around, Naomi  enforces the law on being green, and Ashley is saving the lives of fish and bananas all round. So pretty much green kings and queens! Cheers guys, congratulations on your jobs in conservation, don't forget us at Big Blue Conservation for all your training when you're rich and famous living in your carbon neutral green-houses eating sustainably sourced goodness!

A few words from our German intern Matthius.Matthius surveying the dive site

It was a surprise to work at big blue conservation – right from the beginning. Of cause, when I’m in SEA I have to dive again. But in that time I was searching for a place to work, some kind of volunteering, but never thought about combining both and work under water. My first thinking was: “I’m not made for it, that’s stuff for scientists, what should I be able to do?!” But what a luck that I tried. It is an incredible experience to have your desk under water, that’s is absolutely the best working place ever. But that was later. First I had to learn a lot. Everything I knew was from school – that was not much because Germany has not a lot marine borders and even less coral places and it was very long ago.

But it is quite simple. Everyone can be a part of conservation only by thinking about what you do and act like what you think is good for your environment. And adding to here I got the skills to continue this way under water with the most beautiful landscape in the world-coral reefs. It changed my view while diving. It is not only about these cute colourful fishes swimming around – there happens much more. All the tiny little processes that are going on all the time around you, the way the fishes are related to each other, the importance of an equal population of all and mostly the incredible role of corals themselves – I didn’t knew that and I didn’t realized before. Once I had spotted the bad effects of human behaviour to the oceans like broken or bleached corals, I have seen it everywhere! That was incredible and showed me that the reefs need the support even of those fools like me. Not only by removing the waste from beaches and corals, especially the work in the nursery showed me that I can support coral growing. It was beautiful to work there and to see how interested the fishes around have been in our work. I hope that they conquer these structures down there as their home soon. And hopefully more people try to take the same way like I did, when I was starting the internship to become an eco-warrior. I’m proud of putting my positive economical footstep down there and being a part of the puzzle to save coral reefs and their incredible beautiful environment.Matt cleaning the nursery

But still there is not only a lot more to do like this, particularly the beach clean-up showed me that not only people from SEA need more education about saving their environment and their personal effects to the global ecosystem. Nobody should let himself let off like this and use plastic careless and thoughtless. That means not only support recycling, it means thinking about how much plastic is necessary in everybody’s everyday life. 

A very heart felt congratulations to our recent Eco internship graduates! You spent the last month learning all about marine systems, understanding the underwater world and the problems it faces, and practising skills in how to help it. It is thanks to the dedication of eco-minded divers like you that mean we can generate research and gather information in an effort to look after our reefs on Koh Tao and on larger scales too, so THANK YOU!

             

Our class of March 2013 consisted of team Italy - Ettore Baratta, who became an expert in fish identification, Carola Buscemi who is so passionate about recyling she made her own signs, and Aris Thomasberger who we just can't (and never want to!) get rid of. Alissa Muench from Canada was survey queen on every dive she did, Kate Jenkins from the UK helped to set up the Koh Tao Shark Survey, and Joe Morgan helped us reach more people than ever before with our online campaigns. Thanks Eco-people!

So AJ and Tina from Scotland who are starting the internship just now, I expect great things from you guys to keep our eco team as fantastic as ever!!

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!