Programme: MNS-SSI Shark Awareness

Dates: June 3—6 (Fri—Mon)
Costs: RM830 (quad share) RM910 (triple share)
Places:
30 participants
Venue: Pulau Tenggol, Terengganu
Facilitation & Training: MNS Marine facilitators and SSI instructors

Payment deposit due: by 10 April 2016 (Sun)
Payment balance due: by 30th April 2016 (Sat)
Boat leaves from: Kuala Dungun Jetty

WOD2016

Learn all about sharks and learn to be with sharks in a unique marine awareness programme on Pulau Tenggol, Terengganu.

Join MNS Marine (the Malaysian Nature Society Marine Special Interest Group) and SSI (Scuba Schools International) for World Oceans Day 2016 as we focus on the ocean’s most magnificent fish in Pulau Tenggol.

This programme is held in conjunction with the anti-shark’s fin soup campaign My Fin My Life Campaign, of which SSI and MNS are partners (see attached).

By joining this programme, you will:
~ learn about the role and importance of sharks within the marine ecosystem,
~ learn about shark and shark-finning trade and consumption, and
~ appreciate sharks and their ecosystem in the wild through skills training and certification in snorkelling (so you minimise harm to yourself and the ecosystem).

Here’s what you will experience:
~ seminars, group discussions and games
~ snorkeling skills training and certification as well as snorkelling sessions to appreciate sharks in the wild.

At the end of the programme, you should have
~ sound knowledge of sharks in the ecosystem (SSI Shark Specialty Certification) ~ snorkeling skills for marine-friendly snorkeling (SSI Snorkeling Certification)
~ an interest in championing shark and marine conservation.

The fee covers all island costs including accommodation (air conditioned rooms with attached bathrooms on a triple/quad share basis), all meals, boat transfers from jetty, snorkeling gear, activities, guided boat trips for snorkeling, marine park and MNS marine fund fees and group travel insurance. (see Registration Form for details)

Please arrange your own transport to and from the jetty (details below).
The MNS Marine facilitation are volunteers led by Wong Siew Lyn (MNS membership no. F/Q/9321/B) and

Adeline Loh Chooi Ping (MNS membership no. O/E/20559/B).

The SSI Snorkeling Certification and SSI Shark Specialty Certification to the value of RM9,600.00 are generously sponsored by SSI.


Itinerary
(subject to change)

DAY ONE
Check in
Introduction to programme
Lunch
Snorkel school
Dinner
Shark Specialty Course I

DAY 2
Breakfast
Shark Specialty Course II
Lunch
Free and easy
Guided Snorkelling
Dinner
Conservation activities

DAY 3
Breakfast
Beach clean up / conservation activities
Lunch
Free and easy
Guided snorkelling
Dinner
Conservation activities

DAY 4
Breakfast
Free and easy
Check out

Getting there

Pulau Tenggol is an island off the coast of Terengganu, accessible by a 45-minute speedboat ride from Dungun. Tenggol is not built up like Redang and Tioman. Dungun is 365km from Kuala Lumpur (5 hours by car). Buses depart frequently from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan for Dungun (Plusliner or Transnasional [21 seats; 81⁄2 hours; RM36.20 one-way])

How to Register as a Participant

Secure your spot by downloading the Registration Form (MNS_SSI_SharkAwarenessProg_Registration_160302) here fill it out completely and submit and pay the deposit by 10 April 2016.

For more information, email Adeline <adeline_cploh@yahoo.com> and also check out: http://www.divessi.com/sc-sha, http://siputscuba.com/ and http://pulautenggol.com/


Background

The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) is the oldest membership-based conservation organisation in Malaysia. It has branches throughout the country and carries out numerous activities. Each World Oceans Day, MNS Marine volunteers organise a marine awareness programme for members. The programme’s aim is coral reef and marine conservation. Through snorkeling skills training and marine ecosystem knowledge, participants appreciate what the marine ecosystem is, why it’s important to protect it, and how to enjoy it using good and eco-friendly snorkeling skills. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/mnsmarinegroup.selangorbranch/)

Scuba Schools International (SSI) is an international training and certification agency that provides training, scuba diving and snorkeling certification, and educational resources for divers, dive instructors, dive centres and resorts. It promotes responsible dive business operations and active environmental protection. Its specialty courses provide further training in specific skills and knowledge. For one, it has a shark specialty course that actively promotes the positive image of sharks by imparting knowledge on the biology and ecology of sharks as well as correct techniques and approaches when encountering sharks. (http://www.divessi.com)

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