CORAL conservation on Koh Tao, Thailand

C.O.R.A.L    Conservation Of Reefs and Aquatic Life  KOH TAO, THAILAND

 

This one-day course is available to anyone who has completed a PADI certified open water course, and for those who wish to make a difference. We at C.O.R.A.L concentrate on the value of keeping our natural resources abundant, with minimal impact on aquatic life and natural habitats.

 

Growing coral int he classrrom at Buddha View IDC center.  Helping regenerate the coral reefs of Koh Tao Thailand

Growing coral int he classrrom at Buddha View IDC center. Helping regenerate the coral reefs of Koh Tao Thailand

The C.O.R.A.L experience involves a morning where you learn to understand captive propagation of corals, under controlled conditions, and a hands-on ‘fragging workshop’ to prepare new specimens. The afternoon consists of two dives where captive specimens are re-introduced back into the reef, and new coral colonies are collected for analysis upon return. We aim to record data from all dive sites around Koh Tao to get a better understanding of why certain species appear, and what preventative measures can be taken to help save our reefs. Our future objectives are to re-introduce lesser-seen species to Koh Tao, such as sea horses, rays, shrimps, and even sharks…do you want to learn more and be part of the solution?

 

One day course – 3,500 THB (includes all related equipment)

 

Unlimited experience – 9,500 THB. Available for Dive-Careers.com Divemaster and Instructor candidates at Buddha View Dive Resort, who wish to help during their stay on Koh Tao

 

Koh Tao, Thailand coral reef conservation

Healthy coral fragments ready for re introduction to Koh Tao’s coral reefs.

 

THE EXPERIENCE STRUCTURE:

  • Starting between 9-10am (dependent on group size)
  • Briefing of ideas and goals of the day and how, overtime, our efforts will sustain aquatic life. Providing information, differences and advantages between captive and naturally occurring specimens. Includes information on growth rates, water parameters (e.g. temperature, ph levels, salinity, nitrate, nitrites, phosphates etc), climate change, human interference (e.g. divers, waste management etc), and what preventative measures can be taken.
  • Briefing on fragging and its importance in sustaining our reefs and its inhabitants.
  • Everyone to wash hands thoroughly.
  • Workshop – a hands-on experience. Begin by examining the specimens and collecting data (what it is, its size, water parameters, lighting requirements etc).
  • Fragging Workshop. Encompassing everything previously discussed, the customer now has the opportunity, under supervision, to physically frag the captive coral. Data is then collected and recorded on the newly fragged specimens (size, species, position etc).
  • Corals ready for re-introduction to the reef, can then be picked in preparation for the afternoon dive

 

BREAK

 

  • Meet at 12.15pm in preparation for diving. An explanation of the afternoons objectives follows.
  • First Dive. Objective is to take customers with selected coral and guide them to appropriate locations for re-introduction. Locations for this will be confirmed in prior briefing (e.g. correct depth for species type, potential currents etc). Remainder of time will be a fun dive for the customer until our three minute safety stop where a water sample will be collected at 5m depth, for analysis on return.
  • Second Dive. Concentrating on the collection of new coral colonies, preferably already broken through human or natural cause. Explaining to the customer that broken specimens are less likely to survive if left unaided. Again, remainder of time to be fun dive with water sample taken at 5m safety stop (on the basis of a different dive site).
  • Return to dive school with new specimens and water samples for data recording. End with final conclusion on what has been achieved and how it will aid sustainability.
  • Customer email addresses taken for follow-up thank you message and certificate.
  • The coral specimens taken from dive 2, will stay within the tanks for a set minimum time period, to enable them to grow sufficiently for reintroduction.
  • This way, each customer sets up the next and the cycle continues.

Over an extended period of time, several valuable pieces of data can be obtained for each dive site in Koh Tao. We will then be able to have a better understanding of why certain species only appear/do not appear at certain locations around the island. As well as many other things.

The day course fee is 3,500 baht, including all equipment, 2 fun dives and a tutor/guide.

Coral conservation project Koh tao

Coral re-introduced to the reef growing healthily.

 

The course will also be available to DMT/IDC/MSDT students. They will be able to assist myself and customers for the whole duration of their internship, gaining more knowledge than a student that hasn’t taken the above course. I believe this to be a great form of extra curricular activity for any student wanting to better their chances of employment.

 

Coral conservation Koh Tao

The end result. A healthy coral reef

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NEW 2015 KOH TAO IDC Schedule

We have just released the schedule for 2015 IDCs on Koh Tao, Thailand.  2015 will again see monthly IDCs with Oxygen Provider Instructor and Marine Resource Management seminars included FREE of charge.

Happy IDC candidates on Koh Tao, Thailand IDC

Happy IDC candidates on Koh Tao, Thailand IDC

2015 will also continue the special offer of MSDT free application fee.  When you complete your MSDT internship with us on Koh Tao, Thailand you will MSDT PADI application fee and 5 specialty application fees for the price of four. Book MSDT with your IDC to secure this deal.

 

Welcome ot Koh Tao IDC by the PADI Platinum Course Directors

Welcome ot Koh Tao IDC by the PADI Platinum Course Directors

 

In 2015 your IDC will be conducted by PADI Platinum Course Directors Chris Freestone, Bas van Riemsdyk and Mark Soworka with assistance from Marie and Igor.  We are really happy to announce that we will have, for 2015, all materials and exams translated in French, Chinese, German and Spanish with IDCs running in French, Dutch, English and Chinese.  Plus staff to help in any language you request.

Check out our schedule for 2015.  Any inquiries just contact Mark on [email protected]

Koh Tao 2015 prep idc ie
January 6-7 8-19 20-21
February 3-4 5-16 17-18
March 10-11 12-23 24-25
April 5-6 7-18 19-20
May 5-6 7-18 19-20
June 9-10 11-22 23-24
July 30June-1 5-13 14-15
August July28-29 30july-10 11-12
September Aug25-26 Aug27-7 08-09
October Sept 30-31 4-12 13-14
November Oct27-28 Oct 31-9 10-11
December Nov24-25 Nov26-07 08-09
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Technical Diving Expo, Pondicherry India.

End of October 2014 will bring the first Technical Diving exposition conducted in India.  Temple Adventures, Pondicherry, India will host the event.  We hope with this event, to firstly highlight some of the great diving spots off the east coast of India, and to expose professional divers in India to the thrills of technical diving. Technical courses will be taught by PADI EMEA representative, and world class technical diving instructor trainer, Jonas Samuelsson.

tecRec PADI India

PADI TecRec courses Pondicherry India

The programme will kick off with the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC), conducted by Plantinum Course Director Mark Soworka, on the 11th of October.  Just before the Instructor Exam on the 24th Of October, Rob Scammell from PADI Asia will run an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer course, a pre-requisite for your Course Director applications.  After celebrating the Instructor Exam on the 26th of October, PADI will organise a FREE introduction to Technical Diving on the afternoon of the 27th.  This is a chance for Indian divers to experience the thrill of technical diving.

From the 28th of October till the 5th of November, Jonas Samuelsson will be conducting Tec Deep Diver course and Tec Deep Instructor courses.  Contact [email protected] to be part of this experience.  Spaces are limited, so best to get in soon with a booking deposit and confirmation.

PADI TecRec India

Tec Diving off Pondicherry India

Before starting at PADI Europe as an extremely successful Regional Manager, Jonas Samuelsson owned and managed the most successful Technical Diving Center in the Red Sea, Dahab Divers, Team Blue Immersion.  Jonas has an immense amount of experience teaching technical divers and technical diving instructor level courses as well as a wealth of practical experience in the tech diving field.  Heading Team Blue Immersion, Jonas has conducted fascinating technical diving expeditions, including finding the U.S.S Hamilton off Icelandic waters and has also participated in many record breaking technical dives.  Before pursuing his interest in technical diving, Jonas was the second most successful Course Director in the world for recreational diving instructor courses.  India is very fortunate that PADI sends someone of Jonas’ calibre to conduct these technical training courses.

Pondicherry also offers excellent opportunities for technical diving.  This programme will be our opportunity to showcase some of the best diving on the east coast of India.  With easy access to a quarry for some of the more basic training, the schedule will run smoothly.  We will get the opportunity to dive some of the most exciting sites on the east coast finding depth out at Aravind’s Wall and great penetration opportunities on the Cuddalore wreck teeming with giant Barramundi.

PADI techncial diving

TecRec courses Pondicherry India

Gas Blender and Sidemount courses will also be running throughout the week of the Tec Expo.  Environmental, medical and equipment technician workshops are also planned.  Contact us at [email protected] and be part of this exciting introduction of technical diving to the Indian dive market.

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May IDC

 

 IDC may

On the 6th of May 2014 starts the next PADI Dive Instructor
programme at Buddha View CDC Dive Resort, Koh Tao, Thailand.

It will be the first chance in a while for all four Dive-Careers.com Course Directors to work together.

Course Directors Mark Soworka, Marco Gervasi, Chris Freestone and Bas van Riemsdyk will all be helping out training this new batch of Koh Tao instructors. Should be loads of fun.

Looks like it will be a great group of dive instructor candidates from
several different nations. With all of those Platinum Course
Directors there will be plenty of individual attention and language
support, with students from France, Holland, Spain, UK etc. If you
wish to be part of this programme just contact Mark on [email protected] and he can send out knowledge reviews, exams and access to our unique
on-line learning to get you started.

Check out the schedule and see
how we just offer more, with a relaxed, comprehensive schedule
developed through years of experience. Encompassing not only the
PADI IDC curriculum, but loads of extra time for preparation and
comprehension of the new material, plus valuable real life skills
with a focus on emergency management and oxygen provision, plus reef
ecology seminars with Marine Resource Management. Our experience
makes a difference. See you there.

IDC May Koh Tao

Prep
Course

6th
May

9.00am

10.00am

IDC
Orientation – complete all paperwork Divemaster Conducted
Programmes –
Start
Diving, Keep Diving, Risk Management

Bring
Instructor Manual

2.00pm

Decompression
Theory

Bring
IDC Booklet, table and e-RDPml

7th
May

9.00am

Skill
Circuit

1.00pm

3.00pm

Physics

Bring
IDC Booklet and calculator

Equipment
-
Bring
IDC Booklet

Homework
– review Teaching in Confined section of Guide for Teaching and
how to teach confined video.

8th
May

9.00am

Teaching
Confined – IDC –
Bring
confined slates

-
Confined Presentation #P1

2.00pm

Physiology

Oxygen
Provider

Homework
– Review Developing Knowledge Development Presentations in Guide
for Teaching and How to Teach Academics video.

Knolwedge
Review – Learning and Instruction

9th
May

9.00am

2.00pm

Marine
Resource Management and Reef Ecology

Introduction to basic Reef Ecology and Reef Management Practices

Learning
& Instruction –
Review
Knowledge Review

Teaching
Academic Presentations

Knowledge
Development Presentation #1

Theory
Exams – Bring calculator, e-RDPml, IDC Booklet

GS&P
Exam – IDC Booklet

Knowledge
Reviews – General Standards and Procedures, Applying Standards

10th
May

9.00am

10.30am

General
Standards and Procedures Exam #A

Confined
Open Water Presentation #2

2.00pm

3.30pm

General
Standards and Procedures

Review
Knowledge Review Candidate Workbook

Conducting
Open Water Training Dives

Prepare
Open Water Presentation 1 & 2 – Bring Open water slates

Knowledge
Review –Open Water Course

11th
May

9.00am

11.00am

PADI
Scuba Diver & Open Water Diver Course

Knowledge
Development Presentation # 2 – Open Water

Review
Knowledge Review Candidate Workbook – Bring Rescue Slates

1.00pm

Open
Water Presentations 1 & 2 – Boat

Theory
Exam # 1 Homework

Knowledge
Reviews – Rescue Diver, Adventures in Diving, Specialties

12th
May

9.00am

10.30am

Rescue
Diver

Rescue
Confined Presentation #3

1.00pm

2.30pm

4.00pm

Adventures
in Diving and Knot Review
-
Knowledge Review IDC Booklet -Prepare Adventure Diver Open water
presentation

Specialty
Diver Courses

Review
Knowledge Review IDC Booklet

GS&P
Exam B

13th
May

Remedial
Day –
Don’t
forget, OW presentations #3 & #4, EFRI Knowledge Reviews,
Theory Exam 2, GS&P C, and Rescue Academic Pres. Nice Day off

14th
May

9.00am

Business
of Diving, Marketing and pricing Workshop

Review
Knowledge Review IDC Booklet

Theory
Exams #2

Bring
calculator, e-RDPml

1.00pm

Open
Water Presentations #3 & #4 –

From
boat. Rescue and Adventures in Diving Workshops

15th
May

8.30am

Emergency
First Response & O2 Provider Instructor
Rescue
Diver Knowledge Development Presentation #3

16th
May

8.30am

10.30am

2.00pm

Divemaster
Course

Review
Knowledge Review IDC Booklet & prepare divemaster confined
presentation

Divemaster
Confined Presentation #4 – Pool

Lunch

Divemaster
Knowledge Development Presentation #4

GS&P
Exam #4

17th
May

8.30am

1.00pm

MOCK
IE

Theory
Exams and GS&P Exam

Bring
calculator, e-RDPml, Candidate Workbook, Instructor Manual

Presentations
in Open Water – Boat

18th
May

8.30am

2.00pm

Confined
Water Presentation and Skill Demonstrations

Knowledge
Development Presentation Nitrox

Deep
Specialty Instructor


19th
May

Nitrox
& Deep Dives Chumporn Pinnacle and Remedial Day

Congratulations
on passing the IDC

IDC
IDC

PADI
I.E. DAY 20-22 May

Congratulations
and enjoy the I.E. Party

Email:Phone:
(66) 7745 6074
Websites:
www.dive-careers.com

[email protected]

www.buddhaview-diving.com

 

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February IDC begins !

February Koh Tao IDC has just started with Course Directors Mark Soworka, Marco Gervasi and Chris Freestone lending a hand.  Great to have all three back working together on this IDC.  Plenty of our former Divemaster candidates attending this IDC, so it is proving to be loads of fun and am sure will be a fantastic PADI Instructor Exam party on February 20.  Fantastic to see Kirsten, Bonnie, Andrea, Sam, Andreas, Michael, and Andy all coming through our divemaster programme so well and proving to be excellent IDC candidates.  And of course, almost forgot about Ed as well.  Plus we are also joined by Shawna from Big Blue, Karim from the Canaries and Charles from the states. A really strong bunch of IDC candidates that I am sure will prove to be great dive instructors.  Best of luck throughout the rest of the IDC and the IE.”



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Congratulations to the IDC candidates

Fantastic , another 9 brand new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors! Congratulations!! We are super proud of you! You did an amazing job! Welcome into the world of being a dive instructor, ready to teach people how to dive!

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Malapascua , Philippines IDC

Malapascua Philippines IDCBas and Marie are off to conduct their first IDC programme on Malapascua, Philippines for Thresher Shark Divers.  Am sure they and the candidates will have a wonderful time with the staff from Thresher Shark Divers.  They are both really looking forward to the chance to dive Monad Shoal with the thresher sharks and maybe, if they are lucky, a PADI Deep Diver Instructor Specialty out at Calangamann or Gato.  This programme begins on the 17th of January.  Wish everyone the best of success for the PADI Instructor Exam on the 31 Jan – 1 February, with a great celebration that evening at Thresher Shark Divers.

Mark

Download the January schedule in PDF format here: click — > TSDJan14

If your on mobile you can scan the QR code with your mobile device …

Malapascua Philippines IDC

Malapascua Philippines IDC

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Malapascua Philippines IDC

Malapascua Philippines IDCBas and Marie are off to conduct their first IDC programme on Malapascua, Philippines for Thresher Shark Divers.  Am sure they and the candidates will have a wonderful time with the staff from Thresher Shark Divers.  They are both really looking forward to the chance to dive Monad Shoal with the thresher sharks and maybe, if they are lucky, a PADI Deep Diver Instructor Specialty out at Calangamann or Gato.  This programme begins on the 17th of January.  Wish everyone the best of success for the PADI Instructor Exam on the 31 Jan – 1 February, with a great celebration that evening at Thresher Shark Divers.

Mark

Download the January schedule in PDF format here: click — > TSDJan14

If your on mobile you can scan the QR code with your mobile device …

Malapascua Philippines IDC

Malapascua Philippines IDC

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IDC Schedule Jan 2014

Access the Latest january Schedule for Dive Careers & Buddha View

Follow this link below to open and download the PDF.

January IDC Dive-careers & Buddha View Diving Koh Tao

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