As an Eco resort we are passionate about the environment, minimizing our impact and developing a sustainable future. We are forever striving to attain new levels in these areas around the resort, and with our diving practices and the briefs we give to our visiting divers and guests. Well we can now take that further by offering our divers experience and training in a number of new Ecological Diver Specialties.
The New Specialties that have been released are:
Marine Ecology, Shark Ecology, Sea Turtle Ecology, Fish Identification and Coral Identification
We are very excited to be able to offer all these new specialities with our Instructors Mike and Mem our resident Marine Biologist.
Each of these programs offer a wealth of knowledge about different aspects of the marine world, each has been developed to develop divers’ awareness of the marine environment and how their interactions can have effects and impacts.
We love all the new programs but one of the ones we are the most excited to teach is the Marine Ecology Program, this course is available online, it explores the complex and multi-layered web of life that is found in the ocean’s various ecosystems. Students will study how organisms interact with each other and their environment, how energy flows through communities, and the links between different ocean ecosystems. Most importantly it teaches how you play a role in the ocean’s ever changing ecology and how conservation is the future for our oceans. Best of all its not just for divers so anyone can join.
The other specialties take you through theory and in water practical training, for Fish and Coral ID you will learn how to identify fish based on physical appearance and behaviour, you’ll learn the unique reproductive cycle of corals and how to identify the main family groups.
The Sea Turtle Ecology looks at the life-cycle of sea turtles, challenges that they face, and how they are threatened by both natural and anthropogenic factors. We are very luck that Mem is a turtle specialist and will provide you with much more information on their behaviour, biology and introduce you to the new monitoring program we are developing and testing for the Raja Ampat region.
The Shark Ecology explores the fascinating history of one of the ocean’s oldest living predators. You’ll learn more about how sharks earned an unjust reputation as mindless man-eaters, their role as a keystone species in reef ecosystems, and why they deserve our protection. One of the best bits with the shark Ecology Program is that for Each student registration and certification SSI will donate 10% of their earnings to shark preservation.