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Diving Pro & Asia`s EMP Course


On the 18th, 19th & 20th of May 2012 Course Director Natalie Hunt from Diving Pro Koh Tao took part in the new 'Save Koh Tao's Ecological Monitoring Program', affiliated through PADI to become EMP Certified Instructor.  


The Koh Tao EMP course is based on the original Ecological Monitoring Program developed by the "Coastal Preservation and Development Foundation"… the difference being that the Koh Tao course has been written with regards to Reef checks on particular dive sites around Koh Tao as well as particular Marine Life most commonly found here which has the most impact on the overall health of our reef systems.  

Its about data collecting and cataloguing on a regular basis so we can protect, preserve and restore when we see a problem within the eco system

"The most successful projects involving restoring the reefs around the world have been performed by small groups and communities"


Natalie at Diving Pro Koh Tao learned about the different types of corals out there including the vast amount within the Hard Coral family, also learning the coral code that is used by scientists and the Ecological monitoring Program for data collecting.

We learnt how to preform 3 surveys (Fish, Invertebrates & Substrate) as well as how to lay the Transect Line and read/ use it with in the data collecting and we also used a Secci disc for accurate visibilities readings.


Diving Pro Koh Tao is now able to perform reef research methods & submit data collection, can clearly identify indicator fish and invertebrate species as well as substrate types while also gaining further knowledge about our coral reefs and their inhabitants



The Koh Tao Ecological Monitoring Program Written by Chad Scott is founded by the "Save Koh Tao Marine Branch which is a subset  of the Save Koh Tao Community Group.  Similar to the main group, the Marine Branch is a coalition of Thai and foreign locals and business owners from Koh Tao.  Programs developed and initiated through the group are chosen by the community members and funded through private donations, merchandise sales and fund raising events.


Diving Pro Koh Tao would like to add special thanks to "Save Koh Tao Community Group" & Chad Scott, the author of the Koh Tao Ecological Monitoring Program & Mentor.

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