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Eco-Philosophy

Scubafish’s Eco Philosophy started with the belief that everyone’s enjoyment of diving or snorkelling can be enhanced if they understand something about the ecology of reef systems. At first sight, a coral reef seems like a fantastic collection of colourful creatures. However, there is a complex eco-system that supports this array of life and each creature has a unique species-history that has been shaped by thousands of years of evolution.

As a diver, you only become aware of these patterns and complexities after completing hundreds of dives and hours of research about the reef environment!

If you dive with Scubafish, you have the benefit of a professional Marine Biologist at your side to explain this complexity as you see it – the equivalent of adding many, many hours to your dive log!

Our pledge to the environment is to:

• Provide dive experiences that enhance visitor awareness, appreciation and understanding of the local aquatic environment.
• Use recycled products whenever possible.
• Participate in local conservation efforts and support established parks and reserves.
• Not sell items made from endangered species, threatened species, corals or tropical hardwoods.
• Respect local people, culture and traditions while abiding by local laws and regulations.
• Provide pre-dive briefings on responsible dive practices such as:
o Proper buoyancy control
o Securing equipment and streamlining body position
o Maintaining distance from sensitive environments
o Not touching or chasing animals
o Abiding by all fish and game regulations
• Use mooring buoys or drift diving techniques whenever possible to avoid damage to underwater habitat.
• Offer Project AWARE specialty courses that teach customers about ecology and conservation.
• Practice buoyancy control skills in a pool or sandy area before swimming near a coral reef or any sensitive environment.
• Make sure your equipment is secured, you’re weighted properly and be careful not to touch, stand on or collect coral.
• Display environmental public awareness materials and provide community involvement opportunities.
• Use environmentally sound methods of rubbish disposal.

Scubafish is involved in a number of marine conservation, research and local community projects. We believe that we are in a unique positin to be able to actively put something back into the environment in which we live.

Projects we are involved in include:

• Whale Shark ID Project
• Artificial Reef Project
• ReefCheck Global Reef Monitoring Project
• House Reef Mapping Project
• House Reef Macro ID Project
• Permanent Transect Line Project
• Daily Dive Site Data Collection Project
• Project Clean Up
• Project Lanta Community

If you’re interested in marine biology or conservation and want to participate in one of our programs, we offer a range of courses.

The Tropical Reef Diver course gives a broad overview of 4 key areas within Marine Science. The 7-day course introduces essential theoretical knowledge relating to Oceanography, Zoology, Fish Ecology and Marine Habitats with presentations, academic training and, most importantly, hands-on, in-water experience.

If you are short on time you can take a 2-day introductory course. We offer Discover Zoology, Discover Fish Ecology or Discover Marine Habitats. All our courses are modular, so you can build your knowledge and learning, step-by-step.

After completing the Tropical Reef Diver course, you can specialise in the areas that most interest you, or build up a portfolio of specialist knowledge if you are interested in several different topics.

We offer a range of Reef Plus courses that allow you to deepen your understanding of subject areas such as Sharks & Rays, Venomous Species, Coral Life and Tropical Reef Fish. You need to have completed the Tropical Reef Diver course before enrolling on a Reef Plus course.

If you want to participate in the ReefCheck EcoAction programme and contribute to their global survey of Reef Health, we also offer Discover ReefCheck and ReefCheck EcoDiver courses, for an introduction to, and certification in, reef monitoring and surveying techniques.