PADI AWARE CORAL REEF CONSERVATION SPECIALTY COURSE
The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Course
The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course is designed to inform you about the world’s coral reefs. You will learn about the current state of coral reefs around the world or at your current location and the problems they face. Recent coral bleaching may be one of the things you may learn about and the influence warmer water has on the bleaching of coral.
The Fun Part
As a scuba diver, the health of aquatic ecosystems is often what makes a good dive. Become aware of the fragileness of coral reefs and how you can help preserve them.
Corals are now also being researched on their function as cancer care treatment and medication.
What You Learn
The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course teaches you about the vital role of coral reefs in the marine environment. The course also familiarizes you with the current state of the world's coral reefs and how you can help. You will learn about the Project AWARE Foundation and :
• How coral reefs function
• Why they are so important
• Why many reefs are in serious trouble
• What you can do to prevent further decline
Your Next Adventure
Since fish life and coral reefs go hand in hand, it also makes sense to learn about fish identification with the AWARE Fish ID course.
You may also want to brush up on your underwater photography skills so that you can document and capture images of the conditions of the reefs and species you’re encountering.
Good buoyancy is also important, so you can observe coral close up without touching it with any part of your body or gear.
Each year I organize in conjunction with the Samui chapter of the THA (Thai Hotel Association) various underwater clean ups at Chaweng Beach on Koh Samui, Thailand.
Start the conservation at your own doorstep and pick up debris you find underwater during each dive!