Donate to the ocean’s protection by supporting an endeavor designed to increase the awareness and the ability for local youth to join our efforts through the Reef Scouts Program. Through this program, we identify local kids who are interested and enthusiastic about the ocean, and have strong leadership skills. Those who are selected are given a scholarship to learn how to dive (both the Open Water and Advanced certifications,) then spend a minimum of 4 weeks taking conservation courses taught by our certified instructors. Students completing the Conservation Diver curriculum will then be encouraged to join the team regularly on scientific surveys and reef restoration activities. The goals of this program are:

  • Educate and raise the awareness of the local community about coral reefs
  • Build stakeholder capacity to properly manage marine resources
  • Provide the knowledge and skills necessary for the local protection of coral reefs and other marine resources
  • Provide local youth with opportunities for careers involving coral reef ecology and sustainability
  • Over time, provide a reduction in localized threats to reef health

This program will be ongoing in the countries where we operate (currently Thailand, Nicaragua, and Indonesia) putting as many students through the program as we can.

If you would like to support this program or receive more information on it please email us at info@conservationdiver.com (we are a registered 501 (c)(3)) for bank deposit information.

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Past Recipients of the Reef Scouts Program

Metavee May Chuangcharoendee

May is not stranger to marine conservation, after finishing her graduate degree at Mahidol University International College, May went on to study elasmobranchs as part of her Master’s Degree at James Cook University, Australia. Coming back to her home in Thailand, she was able to get real-world, hands-on training in the techniques she has been studying. In response to the program she undertook through Conservation Diver, she said “I really love the welcoming of the staff and their energy toward conservation. I really enjoy the hand on conservation experience and learn many scientific details behind each processes. The holistic approach for artificial reef and the well thought out long term ecological monitoring program done by conservation divers set a great example for what needs to be done in Thailand. Thailand still has a large knowledge gap which hinder management and planning therefore I would like to take the effort done in Conservation divers and apply to other places in Thailand.”

Following this experience, May went on to work with the Thailand Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), saying ” I will start working for the Department of Marine and Coastal resource in November to apply the knowledge I have gained from this experience and encourage long term ecological monitoring program for Thai’s water as well as Marine spatial planning for marine resources. I hope in the future we can work together to further the conservation success in Thailand.”

Phoenix Kennedy

Phoenix is a local to the island of Koh Tao, who has been participating in activities such as sea turtle releases with us since he was very young. When the opportunity came to sponsor a now student at the New Heaven Reef Conservation Programs he was a perfect fit. He has just stopped attending school due and was getting prepared to move to England for high school. During his 4-week course, Phoenix learned about coral reef ecology, reef monitoring, coral restoration, and much more. He practiced all these techniques, and proved to be a very fast and enthusiastic learner, and great member of the working team.

Phoenix plans to study Marine biology, and one day to develop a career in the field so that he can apply his passions for the ocean and environmental protection. We are so pleased that he was able to receive this opportunity, and seized it with such dedication and enthusiasm. We wish him all the best in the future, and will be watching his progress as we are sure one day he will become a leader in the world of environmentalism and marine conservation.



Conservation Diver is a registered non-profit in the United States under IRS tax code 501(c)(3). If you need more information please contact info@conservationdiver.com

 

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