DEEP LVL 0 - (PART 2)
Day 1 - Ocean Training Dives
Day 2 - Ocean Training Dives
Refine the skills from OW Diver and get a final certification to allow students to dive to 30m! 5 dives over 2 days learning advanced SCUBA diving skills. Upon achieving Advanced Diver certification, students will also be awarded the DEEP level 0 certificate which will allow them to progress to DEEP level 1 and begin their Marine Science training.
DEEP LVL 1
Early Research - 2 days
The introductory course at DEEP provides the basics in reef monitoring and marine animal identification. In this course, students are introduced into 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 be develop key skills in pursuing a DEEPer level of marine science education.
DEEP LVL 2
Artificial Reefs and Coral Conservation - 2 days
Artificial reefs and substrate creation are a key method 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 LVL 3
Reef Ecology 101 - 2 days
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 LVL 4
Modern Day Explorers - 2 days
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 have 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 analysis of sediment samples taken by students.
DEEP LVL 5
Advanced Learning - 2 days
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.