Dive Instructors and Course Directors
One of the main goals of starting the New Heaven Reef Conservation Program in 2007 was to increase the level of understanding and knowledge about the coral reef ecosystems amongst local Dive Instructors. What we observed at this time was that the diving training organizations do a great job of training instructors about the proper use of dive equipment, but teach very little about how to interact with the marine environment. Our goal is to teach instructors about this marine environment so that they may decrease the negative effects they potentially could have on it while teaching courses, and also act as better ambassadors for this environment to visitors from all over the world.
Although we have had several dive instructors join our Internship Program, the majority of dive instructors in our program are looking to receive training in the PADI or SSI Ecological Monitoring Program and many of the certifications available through the NHRCP Conservation Cert. Program. This allows instructors to then teach these programs in other dive centers or other places around the world, diversify their CV, and gain entry into careers involving marine conservation. In fact some of the instructors that have gone through our program have later gone on to start their own programs here on Koh Tao and in other places around the world.