Thailand Marine Conservation
Lying in the crystal-clear tropical waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Tao’s abundant and diverse coral reefs offer some of the finest scuba diving found anywhere on the planet! This unique and exciting program has been specifically designed to provide knowledge and understanding of coral reef ecosystems and the threat these reefs face in today’s world.
With both 4 & 8-week options available, this program is ideal for those wishing to engage in marine conservation activities that protect, restore and conserve Koh Tao’s coral reefs, whilst at the same time enjoying the vibrant island life on one of Thailand’s premier backpacker hang-outs.
Perfect for: Marine Conservation
- Become an experienced and qualified diver – no prior diving experience required!
- Gain a thorough, in-depth knowledge and understanding of reef ecology and conservation
- Work on several underwater research, monitoring and marine conservation projects
- Enjoy island life on one of Thailand’s most popular backpacker hangouts!
- Become a fully qualified Divemaster (12-week program only)
Your program begins with RAID Open Water & Advanced Open Water diver courses and certifications. These entry level certifications consist of both confined and open water training and allow you to grasp the basic principles of scuba diving as well as navigation, buoyancy control and search & recovery practice. For those on the 8- and 12-week courses, you will also complete your Advanced First Aid & oxygen provider and Rescue Diver training equipping you with crucial lifesaving skills and knowledge in how to prevent and mange problems in the water. Those on the 12-week course will achieve their professional Divemaster training as well as Nitrox and Deep 40 training.
Marine Ecology & Conservation Training
Running alongside your dive training is our comprehensive science training program where you will develop the necessary skills needed to identify key ecological components of tropical coral reef systems, and how to monitor and manage these elements. You’ll be taught survey methods and conduct vital data collection to help monitor and conserve the biodiversity and overall health of the reef and marine life it supports. All classroom and underwater sessions are conducted by highly qualified and experienced staff who specialise in marine biology/ecology and have an extensive knowledge of Koh Tao’s reefs.
Surveys & Project Work
Throughout your time in the island, you will actively participate in a variety of long-term monitoring and research projects, gathering essential data from the reefs of Koh Tao. Activities include contributing to identifying key factors associated with reef ecosystem health as well as monitoring trends in factors over time which ultimately provides vital information needed to inform effective management strategies. You will also participate in conservation initiatives, restoring the reefs of Koh Tao and the diverse and abundant marine life these reefs support, as well as getting involved with some important ecological research as you explore the complex and vital world of Crown of Thorns, Grouper and Pelagic fish.
Divemaster Training (12-weeks only)
The 4-week Divemaster training program is your first step into the world of professional dive qualifications. Building on the experience you have gained over the past 8-weeks, the Divemaster course is the first level of professional SCUBA diver training, creating both confident and experienced divers that are then able to work in the diving industry across the globe. Once qualified as a Divemaster, you will be able to plan, conduct and lead dives, transforming your hobby into a possible new career!
*A full itinerary can be found by downloading the program brochure!*
- Accommodation with breakfast & dinner (Monday to Friday)
- Airport pick-up and return airport transfer
- Local project staff
- Dive and marine conservation training as listed
- Full set of dive equipment provided for all dives. All equipment is up to date and maintained by an in-house dive technician (See brochure for more details)
- Open Water & Advanced Open Water
- Ecological Diver
- All the certifications on the 4-week course plus:
- Advanced First Aid & Oxygen Provider
- Rescue Diver
- All the certifications on the 8-week course plus:
- Deep 40 & Nitrox Specialties
What is not included:
- Flights to/from destination
- Travel insurance
- Visa & vaccinations
- Spending money
- Lunches & weekend meals
Who is this program for?
With no prior diving experience required, this program has been built for gappers, students, early career professionals and avid divers alike! It is a perfect program for individuals looking to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of reef ecology and marine conservation, experience working on several research, monitoring and conservation projects, as well as a professional Divemaster qualification (12 weeks only).
Where will I be staying?
You will be staying at a local guesthouse with other members of your group – less than 10 mins walk from the Dive centre, where classes will be conducted daily. Accommodation is dorm-style with free Wi-Fi, AC, en-suite bathrooms & private lockers.
What type of transport will I be using?
Your accommodation is a short walk away from the Dive Centre where your course is run, approximately a 10 minute walk. Local taxis are used to transfer divers between the dive centre and the boat. Taxis on Koh Tao are pick up trucks with an open back seating area and no seatbelts (see example in photo gallery). We do not encourage people to hire their own transport to get around the island, and should you choose to do this (eg. motorbike or bicycles) it would be at your own risk.
What is the food like?
You will be provided with breakfast and dinner Monday to Friday at a local restaurant. Breakfast options include fruit, muesli and yogurt, breakfast pancakes, eggs and toast. For dinner you can choose anything off the menu! Lunches and weekend meals are not included so you are free to sample the many cafes and restaurants found on the island. Vegetarian and vegan diets can be catered for.
Who will be supervising me?
All classroom and underwater sessions are led by highly qualified and experienced dive staff who specialise in marine biology/ecology and have extensive knowledge of Koh Tao’s reefs. You will also have support through a local coordinator from the Dive Centre who will make sure you have the best possible experience throughout your program.
How much spending money do I need?
You will need money for extra meals, drinks & snacks, as well as for any activities not on the itinerary. We advise you to budget for £100/€120/$150 per week.
Will I have any free time?
The program runs Monday-Friday. Weekends are yours to go out and explore! There is something for everyone - kite surfing, trapeze, climbing and bouldering, paddle-boarding, Koh Tao Cinema, 18-hole crazy golf, cooking classes - and the list goes on and on!
If you are excited by the prospect of diving in Thailand, and would like to learn more, check out our latest blog documenting the vital work our project partner is undertaking in Koh Tao.
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- Duration: 4 to 12 weeks
- Departures: January, April, July, September