Environmental Posts

At Assava Dive Resort we offer the Project AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course which is a one day program and can be only theoretical knowledge or we can include a dive where you have the opportunity to explore the reefs of Koh Tao.  Our marine biologist Kelly-Anne Nickel Recently certified our Assava PADI Divemaster Candidates : Ivy, Kelley, Ellie and Jamie where they discussed the following topics:


* Importance of Coral Reefs
* Understanding Coral
* Complex Nature of Life on the Coral Reef
* Coral reefs in Peril
* Ways to protect the reef as a scuba diver and snorkeler.
* How Project AWARE is working to protect reefs and how you can help out.

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in taking this program with us.

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Take Action and Join the Project Aware Movement with Assava Dive Resort.

At Assava Dive Resort we offer the AWARE Shark Conservation program which may be conducted in one or two days and includes learning about Sharks and how to we should interact with them, along with 2 open water dives.  Fortunately we are able to offer dives at a few dive sites where we have the opportunity to interact with Whalesharks and Black Tip Reef Sharks.

What you'll learn:

  • How to help our shark friends
  • Why Sharks are in peril and why we should care
  • The conservation status of sharks
  • The life history traits that make sharks vulnerable
  • The importance of Sharks to the marine ecosystems
  • How to manage threats and recognize values
  • The Key Management strategies to help protect sharks
  • The Value of Sharks to our local economies 
  • Removing common misperceptions of sharks that are a barrier to conservation.

Well done to our recently certified students for the AWARE Shark Specialty Conservation - Naglaya, Wouter, Ivy and Phillip with PADI Instructor Marcus Pinewald.

Ivy and Phillip

 

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Eco Programs thrive at Assava Dive Resort

By Jamie Phillips

From metal straws to dive site clean ups Assava Dive Resort is doing our part to keep Koh Tao clean.

Assava Dive Resort has been working continuously to build our eco programs since 2007 when we did our first underwater and shore clean up dive. The ‘dive against debris’ led to the adoption of the dive site Lighthouse Bay in 2013 in partnership with Project AWARE Asia Pacific. The Lighthouse Bay adoption involves a commitment to organizing free dives at the site once a month where divers collect man made items found on the reef.  Student divers can also receive a PADI AWARE certification card for a 10 dollar fee which is donated to shark conservation and the collection of marine debris.

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As we help celebrate Project AWARE’s 25th Anniversary, there is no better time to lend a hand by tackling the issue of marine debris. Like many other PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centres, at Sunshine Divers we integrate reef conservation in our everyday activities. Now our team has taken the next step toward a cleaner underwater environment – we’ve “Adopted a Reef”. This means that we have committed not only to cleaning our reef, but to regularly recording and sharing the rubbish-collecting data with Project Aware. It is a fairly straight forward initiative if you’re interested in joining the movement. 

Adopt the ReefStep One: Make the commitment. It’s not a one-off clean-up (although that is still a great thing to organise), rather it is a repeated effort to visit the same reef at regular intervals. This helps good intention evolve into scientific practice.

Step Two. Clean, clean, clean. With guidelines from Project Aware, organised underwater cleans-ups can be conducted in a safe, responsible and fun manner. Even better, divers returning to Koh Tao and our local dive sites year after year, will now be able to see their hard work making a difference in the exact same stretch of reef.

Step Three: Record and report. With some very simple tools and forms (free of charge and downloadable on projectware.org), the type and quantity of trash removed now needs to be shared. By recording and reporting, this information can now be used by the Project AWARE team to make policy change. We also keep our online community involved by sharing these clean-up stories on our My Oceans page www.projectaware.org

Citizen science is the way forward on route to a cleaner reef. If you do take the leap and “Adopt a Reef”, we hope you have as much fun as we have at Sunshine Divers organising regular events for guests and staff. Together we can make a difference.  

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AWARE Shark Conservation!

The Project AWARE Shark Conservation specialty is something every diver or professional should have if you ask me (Dutch instructor at Sunshine). Its a very informative, interested and amazing course. I had the honor to get taught by Marine biologist and Master Instructor Mike Richardson at BAN's Diving resort.

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DSC 7693 Copy F590x400Once again the Festival Performances were a HIT! Thanks to Rosemary Allen from The Film Co,  diving on Koh Tao for her time, patience and creativity for this performance. Sunshine Divers and sister school Ban's Diving Resort put on a Dance Performance from the hit single "FOOTLOOSE", although it was transformed to  "FINLOOSE" to help create awareness on how to protect the aquatic environment and the importance of buoyancy control. This performance is a yearly event and we hope that you will be able to join us next year at the Save Koh Tao Festival - 2013.

 

 

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Contestants

Every year the Save Koh Tao Foundation co-ordinates most dive schools and local enterprises in creating and participating in a Festival to bring Awareness about the environment above and below the ocean. The Mr. and Miss Save Koh Tao Contest, was to increase awareness about Recycling, and how to Reuse products and to Reduce waste.

The aim is to encourage an Eco Friendly Environment, and emphasize reduction of use of plastic bottles (mostly water bottles)  plastic bags and straws.

Several dive centres participated in this event and representing Sunshine Divers was Manuel Tobolars ( our last years Eco Man). With the creativity and design from P. Wam who was last years designer and maker for Bans Diving Resort / Darawan Restaurant costumes, Manuel won this years contest. The Costume is the attire worn by a well known King of Thailand. It was made from coke can parts including the can caps, the helmet was made from Coconut, the body shield made from plastic bottles, and the undergarment was made from rice sacks. A lot of thought and detail went into this design. So Thank you P. Wam for your help.


P.Wam and Manuel

To Compliment his the outfit as part of the competition, Manuel had to discuss an item that was created to show ways on how to reuse items.Sarah Van Name put together a small garden that can be made from plastic egg containers, soil and plant seeds to produce herbs or small plants. This container is a great starting point for growing plants from scratch, and easy for anyone to do. Thank You to everyone for their participation in this event.

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In Thailand, there are laws to protect corals everywhere including Marine Protected Areas (MPA's). Though hard to enforce, one of the laws forbids the moving of coral. After the massive coral bleaching event of 2010 here on Koh Tao, and around the world's tropical seas, local government decided to ask for help from different dive schools on Koh tao. Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) and the Prince of Songkhla University decided to include SKT and participating dive schools in a program to promote the rehabilitation of coral reefs. Sunshine Dive Resort is one of the dive schools with special permission from the Thai government to work with coral and construct coral nurseries.

Recently, SKT's Chad Scott gave a Coral Nursery Techniques Workshop so that those participating dive schools could continue to educate their instructors and DMT's here were not here in 2010. The workshop was very thorough covering coral health, monitoring and growth. After the lecture the group actually building coral nurseries from wire and pvc pipes. Participating from Sunshine were David Scanlan, Tamara May, Sarah Van Name and Jacabo Sanchez.

 

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Sunshine Divers continues to be at the forefront of environmental issues. As an Eco Operator, we make it our mission to implement environmental practices and to provide our customers with experiences to enhance visitor awareness, appreciation and understanding of the (underwater) environment. Sunshine Divers continue to work closely inline with Project AWARE (the dive industry's non profit organization dedicated to conserving underwater environments) and also 'SAVE KOH TAO' – a local organization concerned with local environmental issues. Sunshine team members are always present on the frequent Beach and Underwater clean ups, ready to lend a hand

Your friend, Sunshine Divers, has invited you to join a global movement of divers on My Ocean, Project AWARE's eco-networking site.

To become a member and to set up your profile, click the link below or paste it into the address bar of your browser.

http://www.projectaware.org/invite/accept/--invite-code

Please join the movement.

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