Congratulations to the intrepid divers who joined Al Mahara Diving Center on Friday 30th December 2011 in the ghost net removal exercise!
The day started with a safety briefing by Darren Drewery, PADI Instructor who talked about the importance of clearing the abandoned fishing lines and nets as they can cause divers to get entangled as well as marinelife. Previous trips to the MV Jassim wreck off Abu Dhabi caused divers to take action as plenty of abandoned lines were encountered.
On sunday December 4th 2011, our GoPro Interns and the Blue Season Bali team gathered together for our monthly IE Party at our Sanur dive centre. Each month we host this casual event in part sponsored by Storm Beer to celebrate and reward the hard work of our IDC candidates and Divemaster interns. Over the past few months, we’ve opted to combined our BBQs with creative auctions to raise money for Project AWARE, supporting their various Actions.
Right now is the low season on Koh Tao, but that does not prevent us from getting some good work done. The other day after returning from performing some DSDs on a small beach near our bay we decided to do a clean-up. The beach, which has nobody living around it, was literally covered in Plastic bags, bottles, and foam.
The International Coastal Cleanup Day is... Every year. Right? Could you, please, write it down your agenda, right away?
That way... You can't tell us that we told you at the last minute, can you? :P
If you are a scuba diver from Montreal, Quebec, Canada - or from around Montreal - we've created an event right here on the Project Aware website, to get us all working together for this planet... Please reserve Saturday, Sept. 15, in your agenda:
Three of our DMT's, led by instructors Sarah Van Name and Scott Butz, conducted a monitoring project of our adopted nursery off of Sairee Beach on Koh Tao. First, they were given a lecture by Sarah, detailing what coral is, what it needs to survive and threats to it's health. On dive one, they conducted a coral health check, counted missing corals and searched for and collected threatened fragments near the shore. Back on the boat, with the fragments safe in a bucket of salt water, the instructors went through the fragments showing which ones were good for transplant and why.
It has been a a stellar month of Eco work at Crystal Dive & Eco Koh Tao with most of it being conducted at one of Koh Tao’s most popular local dive spots, Twins.
Twins is also one of two sites maintained and managed by Crystal Dive/Eco Koh Tao as part of Koh Tao’s ‘Adopt-a-Reef’ program. We have a number of environmental programs going on at the moment, some experiments but all of it is helping to enhance the spectre and appeal of Twins.