How to get involved, and how far you can take it starts with understanding the process. From DEEP Level 0 to DEEP Level 5 and beyond.
The Ins and outs of each level will be explained and how to progress to get there!
Where to start, and where you can go!
After the students finish each level, they will also receive certificates for both the Ocean Program & Classroom Program
*Project Development*
→ In DEEP levels 3-5 the students will be developing their own projects, based on their own knowledge and insights gained from the course.
DEEP Level 0
 The Ocean Program of this level is focused on becoming a qualified scuba diver!
It is composed of two parts:
 Part 1: Open Water 20 Diver Certificate
This is the start of all Scuba Divers. The course​ teaches the basic principles to allow students to be fully autonomous divers, and dive to a maximum of 20 meters with a buddy. This Certification never expires. 
Day 1Classroom Knowledge Session
Day 2 Pool Training
Day 3Ocean Check-out Dives
Day 4Ocean Check-out Dives
Part 2: Explorer 30 Diver Certificate
 Refine the skills of an open-water diver and get a certification to allow students to dive to 30 meters!
Day 1 Ocean Check-out Dives
Day 2Ocean Check-out Dives


The Classroom Program Level 0 is called FOUNDATION, this unit is divided into 10 separate lessons
1DEEP & TOCO Intro
2Rare Earth Theory
4Marine Origin of Life
5REEF Ecology 101 
6Reign of the Eukaryotes
7Human Influences
8Cnidarian Taxonomy 1
9*Floating RAID Lesson*
10*Floating RAID Lesson* 

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Thai Ocean Academy Marine Research Program

DEEP Level 1

 The Ocean Program of this level is called EARLY RESEARCH - a 2-day program

The introductory course at DEEP provides the basics in reef monitoring and marine animal identification. In this course, students are introduced to the Ecological Monitoring Program (EMP) by Conservation Diver, a leading marine conservation and education certification body. The EMP takes students through collecting reef transect data on invertebrates, vertebrates, and coral health over 4 lectures and 4 dives. The EMP protocol has been used in scientific publications and discoveries for over a decade across the Indo-Pacific and students will develop key skills in pursuing a DEEPer level of marine science education.

DEEP Level 1

 The Classroom Program Level 1 is called A Home for Life, this unit is divided into 10 separate lessons

1Extinction & Opportunity
2Weathering & Erosion
3Salinity & Osmoregulation
4Fish Classification
5Plate Tectonics & Abiogenesis
6Prokaryotes & Endosymbiosis
7Coral Symbiosis
8Cnidarian Taxonomy 2
9Coral Spawning & Colonisation
10Ecological Monitoring Program (EMP)

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DEEP Level 2

  The Ocean Program of this level is called ARTIFICIAL REEF & CORAL CONSERVATION - a 2-day program


Artificial reefs and substrate creation are key methods of coral conservation throughout the tropics. By taking the next step in DEEP, students will learn about the impacts and importance of artificial substrates and coral restoration, be able to construct their own structures, and will help deploy some into the marine environment. Additionally, students will learn about some of the pioneering research involving the future of coral reef recruitment on these substrates and how these may be used as tools in a world of changing climates.

DEEP Level 2

 The Classroom Program Level 2 is called ENERGY & COMPETITION, this unit is divided into 10 separate lessons

1Chemosynthesis & Photosynthesis
3Gas Exchange
4Feeding Relationship
5Biofuel & Fouling Organisms
6Nutrient Cycle
8Cnidarian Taxonomy 3 
9*Buffer Lesson*
10Artificial Reefs


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DEEP Level 3

  The Ocean Program of this level is called REEF ECOLOGY 101 - a 2-day program

The study of ecology looks at how different organisms in an ecosystem interact and influence one another. The third level of DEEP sees students exploring some fundamentals in reef ecology including a first look at some threats to reefs around the world. Here, lectures will touch on topics pertaining to symbiosis, competition, and predator/prey relationships. Examples of these will be independently explored across reefs with vastly different communities and stress levels as a window into the variability and often fragility of these important ecosystems.

DEEP Level 3
 The Classroom Program Level 3 is called MARINE HABITAT, this unit is divided into 10 separate lessons
1Tides & Currents
2Sandy & Rocky Shore
3Open Ocean
4Upwelling & El Nino/ La Nina
5Tropical Reefs
7Human Impact & Biodiversity 
10Competition & Stress
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DEEP Level 4

 The Ocean Program of this level is called MODERN DAY EXPLORERS - a 2-day program

After a comprehensive introduction to the coral reef, students who have advanced to the fourth level will be able to participate in real-world research by heading into muck habitats, the home of seahorses, sea slugs, cuttlefish, and more. Our own marine science team from ATMEC has conducted several years of research, discovering and describing several new species from these complex sandy-bottomed habitats beyond the edge of coral reefs. Lectures on seahorse and nudibranch biology are followed by underwater surveys and laboratory analyses of sediment samples taken by students.

DEEP Level 4

 The Classroom Program Level 4 is called ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING, this unit is divided into 10 separate lessons

1Measuring Diversity
2Sampling Techniques
3Keystone Species
4Populations & Changes
5Climate Change
6Ocean Acidification
10Muck Diving & Sediments

DEEP Level 5
 The Ocean Program of this level is called ADVANCE LEARNING - a 2-day program
Students are now finally ready to open the doors of coral taxonomy and identification and take the next steps in reef conservation. Coral identification can be challenging for the uninitiated, however, a DEEPer level of learning allows students to explore the idea behind coral evolution and adaptation. In addition, the fifth level of DEEP allows students to participate in the MARsCI project, a collaboration with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the local government. This project involves the data collection of marine life impacted by derelict fishing gear within coral reefs, followed by their safe removal to protect our reefs and reduce marine pollution.
DEEP Level 5
 The Classroom Program Level 5 is called HUAMAN INFLUENCES, this unit is divided into 10 separate lessons
1Coral Bleaching
2Mangrove Removal
3Agricultural Runoff & Sewage
4Plastic Pollution
5Overfishing & Fish Populations 
10Safe Net Removal
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