Supporting Environmental Research and Conservation
In order to better educate our divers and to protect the local environment around Utila, in 2006 the Utila Dive Centre helped set up the Utila Centre for Marine Ecology and started offering the 'Beautiful Oceans' science diver and Instructor programs. Since then, we have received the Project Aware 'Environmental Achievement' award several years in a row, and in 2010 and 2011 we integrated the University of Queensland and Project Aware's 'CoralWatch' into our Divemaster program. Every Divemaster intern gets trained in coral identification and data recording and takes part in coral reef surveying during their internship with us, recording valuable data that is uploaded to the University of Queenslands database and used locally by the Utila Centre for Marine Ecology for monitoring the state of Utila's reefs.
We feel that as a dive professional and advocate for the underwater world, a level of environmental awareness and education is fundamental. Taking part in our CoralWatch program or taking the Beautiful Oceans programs allows you to share your knowledge and education with other divers.
As part of our commitment to improving diver education and our underwater environment, Utila Dive Centre has partnered with Beautiful Oceans to offer coral reef and ecosystem educational programs for divers and dive professionals. Read on to learn more about how you can improve your marine education and enhance your diving experiences.
- What is Beautiful Oceans
- Beautiful Oceans Coral Reef Architecture and Organisms
- Beautiful Oceans Food web and Ecosystem
- Beautiful Oceans Science Instructor courses
- Utila Centre for Marine Ecology