Generally, divemasters participating in our reef conservation choose to enroll in our Internship Program. This allows divemasters time to receive multiple certifications from Conservation Diver. This also allows divemasters to get a few months of training and experience participating in coral reef research, protection, and restoration activities, and in training or supervising other students in the activities. In addition to the internship program, we occasionally also have divemasters join us to learn and become certified in just the Ecological Monitoring Program or any on of our other ongoing projects, so that they may increase their understanding of the coral reef ecosystem and be able to participate in local data collection and reporting.
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 Conservation Diver program. This allows instructors to then bring the knowledge they have gained to 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.