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Big Blue Conservation - 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.  Also, as an observational sport, knowing a little more about what you see underwater and improving your buoyancy skills and air consumtion will help make every dive count.  

The BSAC Marine Conservation Speciality Diving Course

1. Buoyancy workshop - including two buoyancy skills dives

2. Ocean environment

3. Coral Reefs - including marine identification dives and night dive

4. State of the reefs

5. Conservation - including two ecological monitoring, reef restoration and practical conservation dives

The official launch of the course is in May, but because we're special, Big Blue Conservation will be teaching this course now! For more information, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To launch Big Blue Conservation's new BSAC Marine Conservation speciality diving course, Jen gave a talk on Marine Ecology at this year's Thailand Dive Exposition in Bangkok. This event is attended by numerous Thailand dive centres and divers alike, so it was a great opportunity to get the word out about how divers can get involved in marine conservation, and how one of Thailand's most amazing assests, its coral reefs, need preserving. The event went tremendously, with a lot of enthusiasm from dive schools in Thailand, Japan and Malaysia to teach the new specialised practical Marine Conservation course. Having all these divers eager to learn more about the reefs they relish to dive is great news for reefs around the world. I can hear the Durban Dancing Shrimp starting the party already...


Well done Laura! Laura Weiand has just completed her 6 weeks training in Marine Conservation with Big Blue, entailing a fantastically conducted and researched investigation into the population structure of mushroom coral fields on Koh Tao. Laura is completeing her Master degree with Leiden University and was under the supervision of Dr Bert Hoeksema, the prostiguous Mushroom coral expert from NCB Naturalis with whom Big Blue Conservation frequently collaborates with. Laura showed excellent commitment to the project (and theme parties too!) and we hope to see her back here very soon!

If you're interested in completeing an ecological internship, whether just for fun or for university credit, please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And don't worry if you're not a diver already, we can provide you with all the training, equipment and supervision to become the next aquatic David Attenborough!!

To raise funds and awareness for this years grand Save Koh Tao project, Buoyancy World 2.0, Big Blue is hosting this years Beach Olympics! With games such as tug-of-war, egg and sppon race, sack race during the day (with more drink orientated games at night of course...) and drink offers all day and night, great DJs and all for a good cause!! So bring you friends, your best beach olympic body and join in the fun! Events start at 5 pm until 10.30pm, when the last contest will be 'how many foam pies can you throw at a member of Big Blue's staff'!! Well, now you really can't miss that!

BSAC Thailand, is licensed by BSAC International to independently operate the BSAC training system both commercially and in our dive branches, in Thailand. As well as offering the full range of BSAC training, BSAC Thailand, headed by their Marine Conservation Advisor, Jennifer Matthews, have been actively developing and promoting Conservation issues including developing a BSAC Marine Conservation Course. The course includes components such as : 1. Buoyancy workshop 2. Ocean environment 3. Coral Reefs 4. State of the reefs 5. Conservation Practical dives during the course start with an important check on buoyancy skills and include using transects and quadrats to survey various marine life on the reef to assess the health of the environment.



"Divers are ambassadors to the underwater world, and without the data collected by divers trained in underwater conservation techniques, policies are unlikely to be made, let alone be accurate. It’s very easy to get involved in conservation work and it starts with being a responsible tourist, so find the 'eco-minded' centers and ask them how you can get involved. You may even end up with a free dive!" Jennifer Matthews, BSAC Thailand Marine Conservation Advisor Conservation activities are an increasingly important part of the work of responsible ‘Eco’ dive resorts like Big Blue, Koh Tao, Thailand. As well as regular ‘Beach Cleans’ and ‘Underwater cleans’ there are also other featured activities including ‘Swim4Sharks’. The work of BSAC Thailand and their Conservation Advisor will continue and regular reports will follow.