Our marine conservation courses offer participants the opportunity to learn in-depth about marine ecology and the techniques used by reef managers around the world to manage and protect coral reef resources. After developing the knowledge, participants then practice those techniques underwater while simultaneously contributing to the conservation of the reefs around our island. Our unique program focuses on scientifically based techniques that empower local stakeholders and assist the efforts of the local community and government.
Our shorter courses ranges from 1-day to 4 weeks.
Our week runs Monday - Friday with weekends free for other activities and relaxation. Our days start around 9am when we prepare the gear for the day before sitting down for the lecture around 9,30am. The lecture is about 2 hours, and we have a short break before heading out for our dive.
The dive itself is normally longer than a recreational dive, could be as much as 2 hours depending on your air consumption and depth.
After the dive we head back to the shop, clean the gear and equipment used and have a debriefing.
Learn about Marine ecology, reef species and reef monitoring techniques
Learn to identify hard corals by genera and species
Learn about coral nurseries, artificial reefs and mineral accretion
Learn about giants clams, their role in the ecosystem, how to survey and measure
Learn more about sharks and sea turtles, how to collect data and identify individuals.
Learn more about the coral predators drupella snails and crown of thorns starfish (COT)
Learn more about plastic pollution and marine debris
Learn more about EMP Data collection and data input workshop
Learn more about coral restoration, techniques and maintenance
Mooring lines and knots workshop
Learn more about seahorses and nudibranch species around Koh Tao
- Introduction lecture is held on Sundays 4pm, day before course start date.
- The course start date depends on what level diver you are, see date schedule.
All participants in our conservation dive courses must first be certified as an Advanced level diver to ensure their safety and to prevent damages to the reef during their training.
More about the Open Water and Advance Adventurer course
1-Day course TBH 2,400 (no certification)
3-Day course TBH 7,000 (no certification)
3-day course TBH 7,500
1 week course TBH 13,000
2 weeks course TBH 24,000
3 weeks course TBH 36,000
4 weeks course TBH 48,000
Dive Equipment Rental, boat and tank fees, drinking water, coffe tea and a fruit on the boat,
Lecture/Presentation on theory, New Heaven Dive School company insurance when you are on our premises, on our boats and diving, but not when you are on your own. The insurance under the dive school only covers minor injuries. When doing the 2 weeks course or longer you receive the EMP Manual free of charge.
Conservation Diver certification cards included in course fee:
1 day - no certification
3 days - one certification card
1 week - one certification card
2 weeks - two certification cards
3 weeks - three certification cards
4 weeks - four certification cards
Extra cards 500 Baht/card
To begin the NHRCP courses you must be certified by SSI, PADI or equivalent as an Advanced Level Diver. This means that non-divers coming to do the program must first complete the Open Water (3 Days, 11 000 THB) and the Advance Adventurer (2-3 Days, 10 000 THB). Both of which can be done with our New Heaven Dive School
Minimum age is 16 years old. If you are under 18 years old you need parental consent to join the program.
Also note that participants must be able to carry a gear bag on and off the boat, ascend stairs, and work outside and should be of physical condition to do so.
Diving is about expanding your limits; increasing your potential. And we should take that same attitude with us after we leave the water. By encouraging stewardship and responsible business practices we believe dive schools will soon be rated not by how many certifications they pump out, but by their social and environmental impact.