Marine Resource Management for Dive Professionals
is acedemically one of the most robust course curriculums
PADI produces. The course is a 5-day program involving
daily class room and in water training.
years, marine resource managers and dive industry experts
alike have seen the need to improve the environmental
awareness of divers and snorkelers who visit
coral reefs. All divers need specialized knowledge and
accurate information about the plight of coral reefs.
importantly, they need the ability to apply this knowledge
in a way that results in improved low-impact
diving behavior among their clients. Unfortunately,
few, if any, training programs for professionals have
existed to address these issues in a comprehensive and
real-world context...until now.
Eco Koh Tao have endeavoured to develop
an academically strong and interactive program
to provide students with theoretical learning backed
up with practical experience.
program is not a series of lectures. Rather, It has
been designed to be highly interactive, spark lively
discussions and incorporate the personal experiences
and insights of participants.
addition to the theoretical nature of this course –
Data collection, reef restoration techniques, developing
education and awareness campaigns.
Marine Resource Management Program goes deeper into
the ecology & biology of the coral reef ecosystem
and uses a fantastic manual from the University of Queensland
as its guide – Coral
Reefs & Climate Change – which you get as part
of the program.
We personally designed much of the program
and like the Reef Check Program it is focused on providing
a very good theoretical base and lots of practical application
involved with our many research projects.
During the practical elements we want
to provide potential Resource Managers with practical
experience in some of the key tools
available for managing reef resources and restoration
We'll introduce you to the coral nurseries,
Biorock technology and other reef restoration projects
that need constant attention. This is where you would
come in during the internship phase, putting the training
over the previous two weeks into practice.
The course is built around the framework
of four unifying themes:
1) the functional ecology of coral reefs;
2) the worldwide state of reefs and problems they face;
3) relevant marine resource management issues; and
4) how to turn theory into practice. No special prerequisites
are required to enroll in the program except a desire
to learn innovative ways to make better divers, more
satisfied divers and more ecologically-friendly divers.
Morning: Unit #1 - Ecology & Biology of
Introduction to Ecology
Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
Coral Reefs Are Important
Origin and Characteristics of Coral Reefs
Factors, Zonation and Diversity
Between Atlantic And Indo-Pacific Reefs
Anatomy and Biology
and Species Interactions
Structure and Associated Organisms
of Coral Reef Fishes
Ecosystems: Mangroves and Seagrass Beds
Unit #1 - Introduction to Coral Watch including
Morning: Observatory Dives to local dive sites.
Afternoon: Unit #2 - Status & Outlook
for Coral Reefs
Report on the State of the Reefs
Treasures”: Global Threats to Coral Reefs
for Coral Reef Management: What Can Be Done?
#3 - Marine Resource Management: The Dive Industry's
is Marine Resource Management?
Impact of Marine Tourism
Science Says About Diver Impact on Coral Reefs
Role and Management of Marine Protected Areas
Buoy Systems as Management Tools
Carrying Capacity: How Much is Too Much?
Role of Education in Protecting Coral Reefs
#4 - Promoting Sustainable Diving Practices
a Responsible Environmental Ethic
for Responsible Wildlife Interaction
to Encourage and Supervise Low-Impact Divers
Approaches to Buoyancy Control and Diver Competence
to Really Teach Coral Reef Ecology
Artificial Reefs & Coral Nurseries incl Biorock
– Lecture/Classroom presentations
Afternoon: Practical Application –
Biorock Lecture and Introduction
Afternoon: Dive Koh Tao's Hin Fai Biorock
- Research & Data Collection
Activities/Observations will include
.Coral Nurseries, Artificial Reefs, Biorock
.Coralwatch Reef Health Surveys
.Night Dive, Deep Dive
Course Price: 15,000 THB - Contact
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no secret that coral reefs are in serious trouble. One
respected source contends that more than 10 percent
of these precious resources-some 35 million acres-are
already degraded beyond recovery; and if something isn't
done to turn the tide soon, we'll lose another 70 percent
by the middle of this century (Wilkinson, 1992).
perilous state of affairs has spawned a great deal of
research in recent years in an attempt to identify the
causes of such a dramatic decline. Not all, but some
of the problems confronting coral reefs involve tourism.
While much of the tourism issue centers around coastal
development and poor land-use practices, damage to reefs
caused by recreational divers and snorkelers is receiving
fact, from the diving industry's perspective, two key
areas of research are: 1) the impact divers have on
coral reefs and 2)establishing diver carrying capacities
on coral reefs, especially within Marine Protected Areas.
Largely based on this research, politicians and government
administrators are now making important decisions about
the management of coral reefs with respect to diving