Simple Life X ALotMeant Coral Conservation - Intro to Coral
Minimum age: 10
Minimum certification: PADI OW
During this course you will learn the fundamentals of coral ecology, identification and monitoring. Throughout your guided lecture one of our marine conservation staff will guide you through the essential details of a coral's physiology and the unique ways this organism lives.
- Learning how an animal (which a coral is – just like you and I) can both consume other organisms but also produce energy through photosynthesis like a plant.
- Understanding the way in which many coral species can reproduce sexually and asexually – cloning themselves to grow our beautiful reefs.
- Looking at the benefits coral reefs provide to the humans and the world ecosystem
- Gaining the skills to identify coral families and conduct basic coral monitoring
After the lecture your instructor will take you on a guided tour of our underwater coral rehabilitation site to see the success we have had in rescuing coral fragments and contributing to local reef growth. You will then use your newly gained knowledge to survey and identify corals living and growing in our natural house reef. Survey data you collect will be submitted to the global Coral Watch initiative contributing to international research and conservation initiatives. You will also test your knowledge with your instructor identifying prominent coral groupings and types of coral reproduction occurring before your eyes.
After the dive your survey data will be logged with Coral Watch. To finish the course your instructor will help you select a location for a fragment of coral to be saved and rehabilitated on the site you have just visited in your name. You can find it registered on ALotMeant.com and anytime you come back you will be able to dive the site and with your fragment's unique ID number be able to see the progress your contribution has made to rebuilding our reefs.
Duration: 1 Day / 6 hours (approx)
Simple Life X ALotMeant Coral Conservation - Coral Survey
Minimum age: 12
Minimum certification: PADI AOW
During this course you will expand on your knowledge of coral ecology, focusing on the environmental factors and risks that affect coral reef health and growth. The conditions you learn about in the classroom portion of this course will all be tested by yourself on our site contributing to our environmental database allowing us to track growth and plan better each year to ensure the health and success of the ALotMeant coral rehabilitation project.
On the second dive to the site you and your instructor will collect a wide range of environmental data using numerous scientific instruments including:
- Tracking the salinity of water at our site by taking samples and using a refractometer
- Taking water samples to analyze on land with a pH meter
- Recovering traps from our silt traps to analyze
- Using a Secchi disk to record water clarity
- Monitoring the dissolved oxygen content at our site
All of this data collected will be recorded in the Simple Life ALotMeant database and used by our team of conservationists to track overall health of the reef as well as identifying seasonal factors that will affect future plant dates and locations. This invaluable data is what allows our project to continue and flourish. We thank you humbly for your support in this effort.
Duration: 2 Days / 10 hours (approx)
LEVELS 1 & 2
Simple Life X ALotMeant Coral Conservation - 1 WEEK INTERNSHIP
Minimum age: 18
Minimum certification: PADI DM
During this Coral Conservation Internship you will combine all the skills and knowledge of the Intro to Coral and Coral Survey courses (levels 1 and 2) as well as gaining additional experience in UV night diving and participating in some great conservation initiatives such as beach cleans and reef clean ups.
During your week long internship you will complete 8+ dives including the following skills and exercises:
- Alotmeant Coral Level 1 (1 day)
- Alotmeant Coral Level 2 (2 days)
- UV Coral Nightdive
- Clean Swell Beach Clean Survey
- PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty
- Coral Watch Survey Dive
- Additional Alotmeant site data survey dives
Duration: 7 Days / 8+ Dives
**This internship package can be added to any KOH TAO DIVEMASTER program