Calling All Dive Geeks – We Love Science!
Do you want to learn more about the environment you are diving in? Have you ever wondered how the oceans function or why fish behave in the way they do? Or why they live in certain places alongside other species? If so, our marine biology and oceanography classes are definitely for you.
If you are more interested in researching sunken wrecks, understanding how they came to be there and what we can learn from them, our marine archeology work will give you a good start.
Marine Biology and Oceanography
Our science team has developed a series of courses and internships that are ideal for all levels of student, from the interested beginner all the way through to university students who need to gain practical underwater experience. There are programs for kids to learn about the underwater environment and for adults who would love to expand their knowledge.
In these courses, we look at the way the oceans work and how global systems interact with our local environment. Our planet is 71% covered by water and yet mankind has explored more of the moon than we have our oceans! There is so much left to discover.
Evolution began in the ocean – in fact every living thing can trace its ancestry back to the ocean. We will help you to understand how species have developed into the creatures we love to watch during our dives, their interactions with other species as well as with their preferred environment. We will cover the physical, biological and chemical aspects of our undersea world to help you understand what is going on and to understand the effects and future risks of imbalances such as climate change.
During the practical part of the courses, you will have the opportunity to learn and practice scientific techniques to measure species populations, measure reef health and examine samples in a laboratory environment.
As divers, we owe a debt of gratitude to the underwater environment for providing us endless hours of enjoyment and delight studying its beauty. We believe that we have a duty to understand and protect our favorite place for the pleasure of future generations, which starts by learning about what is happening now and the projected effects on the future health of our oceans.
Our marine conservation programs consist of two parts: academic study and the practical in-water application of that knowledge through conservation projects.
The greatest danger to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.
The academic section focuses on how we identify threats and establishing whether they are they real. We look at how we can act now to create change for the future. We also teach the scientific techniques that underpin our active projects, which include restoration, rehabilitation and resource management.
Our projects include the creation of artificial reefs and coral nurseries, coral propagation, as well as environmental monitoring programs that implement long term data collection frameworks to reflect trends over time. We are already working with GUE and Project baseline to collect data on our local marine protected area at Dibba Rock.
If you would like to become more knowledgable about our oceans and help contribute to protecting their fragile ecosystems, sign up below to join our science team.
Darryl and Marine are both crazy about wrecks. Researching historical records for clues, finding potential targets, searching for the wreck at sea, then exploring and documenting the wreck and its environment - all of these exciting activities are at the heart of our marine archeology program.
If you are interested in non-diving research or joining our in-water wreck exploration team, sign up now to get involved in our projects.