The Marine Group will be conducting seven marine friendly SCUBA dive courses for members at Pulau Tioman starting April 2004. To ensure a low student-teacher ratio, each course will only have four members.
The PADI Instructor is Mr Julian Hyde of Tioman Dive Centre, who has certified more than 350 divers in the last three years. Each course takes five days to complete and upon successful completion, the member will receive both the Open Water PADI diver and the Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation certifications, allowing the member to buddy dive recreationally.
The PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Open Water course is a popular dive certification, which teaches you, step by step, how to dive safely. It consists of theory, skills development in confined water, and open water training dives in the sea.
The Project AWARE (Aquatic World Awareness Responsibility and Education) – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course teaches divers about the vital role of coral reefs in the marine environment. It also familiarises members with the current state of the world’s coral reefs and how they can help.
By year’s end, the Group hopes there would be 32 new divers who are proficient divers with a strong foundation in coral reef conservation. With a better understanding of coral reefs, the divers can then progress to Reef Check training, which the Marine Group also organises.
Reef Check is a simple survey technique designed for recreational divers; the data collected is used to assess the status and thereafter the management of coral reefs.