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Environmental Courses

AWARE Coral Reef Conservation

AWARE Fish Identification

Project AWARE

Shark Conservation

Shark Guardian Diver

Dive Against Debris

Environmental Courses

Do you want to learn new diving techniques and have the chance to try new equipment?
Through various specialty courses at Kon-Tiki, you can perfect your buoyancy control and experience depth, underwater photography, wrecks and a whole new world of diving skills.

AWARE Coral Reef Conservation (1 day / no dive)

The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course is designed to inform you about the world’s coral reefs. 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. 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.

AWARE Coral Reef Conservation ฿ 3,500

AWARE Fish Identification (1 day / 2 dives)

Have you ever been scuba diving and asked yourself, “What was that?”. The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course provides you with the fish identification basics so that next time, you know the answer. You’ll find you enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see. The fun part about this course is you can use the skills you learn on every scuba diving vacation once you learn the main fish families and characteristics it will help you decipher the species you see all over the world.

For example, a butterflyfish in the Caribbean has a similar shape to a butterfly fish in Southeast Asia, but their colors and markings may be wildly different. If you know what fish family it belongs to, it becomes much easier to look upthe local name or at least be able to intelligently ask the local scuba instructor what you saw. During two dives you gain hands-on (okay, eyes-on) experience in looking for and identifying the fascinating fish you see underwater

What you learn:
• How to identify characteristics of local fish families and species
• Fish survey techniques and strategies
• How to practice fish identification dive planning, organization and pro.

AWARE Fish Identification ฿ +4,900 on any dive trip

Project AWARE (1 day / no dive)

The underwater world needs heroes. You can be one of them by championing the causes of the world’s most fragile and important aquatic eco systems. You can make a difference! Learn about some of the most pressing problems facing these vulnerable environments and everyday actions you can take to help conserve them. It’s informative, interesting and most importantly, you learn how to make a difference. Project AWARE Foundation is the scuba diving industry’s leading non profit environmental organization dedicated to conserving the aquatic environment through education, advocacy and action. Besides completing the Project AWARE Specialty course, you can become a partner in the efforts to preserve the underwater environment.

What you learn:
• The ocean commons and coastal zone issues
• Fisheries challenges and sustainability
• Coral environment overview and inhabitants
• The role of the scuba diver in protecting aquatic environment

Project AWARE ฿ 3,900

Shark Conservation

Love sharks? Scared of sharks? Or do you just want to know more about them? Enrol in an AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty course and discover the value of sharks to marine ecosystems and economies. You’ll learn more about the causes of declining shark populations and the actions you can take to become a knowledgeable and passionate shark defender. By being informed, you can dispel misconceptions and act to protect sharks. Sharks need you!

If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enrol in the AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty course.

  • What you learn: The conservation status of sharks, why they are unique and vulnerable, and the importance of healthy shark populations.
  • How to manage threats to sharks, recognize the value of sharks and remove barriers to conservation.
  • Actions you can take to protect sharks and how joining a global movement of divers can help to protect sharks.

Shark Guardian Diver

Conservation, Education, Research and Expeditions are the four operational arms of Shark Guardian founded by professional divers, shark researchers and conservationists. Building on our education projects, we are very proud to offer this program to anyone who is interested to learn more about sharks and get immediately involved and active in shark research for conservation. 

What you learn:

  • The role of sharks in the ecosystem
  • How to dive or snorkel with sharks
  • Threats to sharks and how to help
  • How to contribute to citizen science and research
  • How to get involved and support Shark Guardian

Dive Against Debris

The PADI Dive Against Debris Course will teach you to about the threats of trash in our oceans to the marine ecosystem. You will also plan scuba dives to remove underwater debris and learn the decision making process to only remove certain items to protect the environment.

What you learn:

  • How to plan scuba dives to remove underwater debris
  • Decision making process to only remove certain items.
  • Experience to make you realise how much trash is in our oceans today.