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Crystal Dive > News Archive > 2015 > August 22nd
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Reef Check Eco Diver Course

 

As a novice diver, I spent a lot of my time underwater flailing around, with no clue to what marine life I was seeing and where I was going - something I'm sure a lot of people can relate to. Sure, I could identify 'fish', 'turtle' and 'shark', but why was my group getting excited over a worm that looked like a squashed slug?

 

Reef Check - Eco Diving

 

After finishing the Reef Check course I now know, among other things, why people get excited over slugs (or flatworms, as I've learned to call them). The course has taught me several important skills, both theoretical and practical. Being able to identify different species of fish, invertebrates, corals, spot predation and disease, has given me a better understanding of their roles in the eco system making my dives so much more interesting.

 

Instead of just admiring their pretty colors and shapes, I can roughly tell what species they are, how often they're found and how thrilled I should be if I see them - which helps to make sure I never again hold up an entire dive group so I can show my buddy a clownfish.

 

The learning curve, whilst certainly effective when combined with seeing the subjects in real life is manageable and easily delivered meaning it is suitable for all levels.

 

Reef Check - Eco Diving

 

Another vital skill I mastered during the course is buoyancy control. Reef checking brings a whole new meaning to being 'slow'; not necessarily a bad thing, since you actually see more marine life that way. Your buoyancy skills will be challenged during each dive, but the course will help you pretty much perfect it by the end.

 

It's also exciting to know I'm contributing to something important, the Reef check database, by simply by doing an activity I love.

Author: Patree Witoonchart (Reef Check Certified Diver)

 

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..August 2015

 

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How To Clear Your Mask
"Many new scuba diving students find clearing their mask of water somewhat of a challenge the first time they try...."
28-08-2015
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The Turtles Of Tao Island
"One of the most loved creatures in the oceans around the world is the Sea Turtle. Here on Koh Tao we have several...."
26-08-2015
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Preventing Seasickness
"If you are unfortunate to be one of those people who suffer from sea sickness, you should not let it put you off diving...."
24-08-2015
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Reef Check - Eco Diving Course
"After finishing the Reef Check course I now know, among other things, why people get excited over 'slugs'...."
22-08-2015
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Neuer PADI Open Water Kurs
"Der PADI Open Water Kurs ist seit Jahrzehnten der wohl bekannteste und populärste Einsteigerkurs...."
19-08-2015
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Nitrogen Narcosis
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16-08-2015
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How To Use A Compass
"Need help with getting from A to B? Having trouble finding your way round? Learn how to use an underwater compass...."
14-08-2015
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Finding Nemo!
"The Clownfish is common to the dive sites of Koh Tao, with this fish, made popular by the 2003 animated movie...."
13-08-2015
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Surface Marker Buoy (SMB)
"The surface marker buoy, known as the SMB, or most commonly of all, the 'safety sausage'...."
09-08-2015
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Diving Thailand
"Thailand has some of the best dive sites, with its warm tropical waters home to an amazingly diverse marine world...."
06-08-2015
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The Buddy System
"As scuba divers, the buddy system is ingrained into our brains from the minute we start our open water course....."
03-08-2015
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Koh Tao's Triggers!
"There are around 40 species of Triggerfish worldwide. They're beautiful fish with various colourful markings mainly consisting...."
01-08-2015
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