New Heaven Reef Conservation Program
Koh Tao, Thailand
Operating at the dive school since 2007, the conservation program teaches divers about coral reef ecology, research, and restoration. The dive school believes that the people most closely connected to the reef should be the ones that care for it, and as such the instructors are committed to involving more and more divers in marine education and conservation through various ongoing marine conservation projects and ocean monitoring studies.
Travelers with a range of skills are welcome to join — from non-divers interested in learning to dive and using their new skills to ‘give something back’ to certified divers interested in learning something new or getting involved in volunteer activities to university students conducting PhD and Masters degree thesis projects.
The marine conservation course run Monday through Friday, from 9:30 am until about 3:30pm. Students start the day with discussing the day’s topic via lecture and discussion, before preparing equipment and materials for an afternoon dive. Generally each day involves one long dive of about 60-120 minutes, followed by time discussing the topics learned and entering the data collected.
Also offered through this social enterprise dive school is accommodation, yoga, and more.
48 Moo 3 Chalok Baan Kao Koh Tao, Surat Thani 84360, Thailand