Koh Tao Buoyancy World
Technical divers explore underwater sculptures on Koh Tao
Koh Tao, Thailand – During technical diver training for Magnus Baer the training team explored a new feature on Koh Tao called ‘Buoyancy World’ which is a island wide initiative created with the support for Marine Conservation Koh Tao
Buoyancy world is an alternative dive site and coral nursery designed and constructed by the island’s community and dive schools through the Save Koh Tao group. This island wide project is part of a larger program being enacted by the Save Koh Tao Marine Branch in order to monitor and protect our local resources and ecosystems.
Through this project a new dive site has been constructed which is specially designed to function as a buoyancy training site and coral/fish nursery. By increasing novice diver’s buoyancy skills with obstacles not found naturally on a reef we hope to reduce incidences of personal injury/illness and protect natural reef areas from damage. By also acting as a coral/fish nursery the project will help to restore and improve the abundance and biodiversity of Koh Tao’s reefs and help to offset local anthropogenic impacts. Additionally, this project will further increase awareness and community involvement on environmental conservation projects and improve tourist perceptions of Koh Tao.
The general plan of the site is various features built separately and then set up in close proximity to form one cohesive site. Features include:
- Training Aids
- Swim-throughs or caves
- Rings, hoops, and other obstacles
- Balance beams
- Hover weights
- Permanent CESA Lines
- Navigation check points
- Search and recovery objects
- Ecological Monitoring Program/Reef Check Belt Transects
- Coral Nursery Platforms/anchoring points
- Art & Sculptures
- Fish Nurseries/aggregates
- Diverse habitats for Marine Organisms
On this day we used the features of Buoyancy World to help improve the trim and underwater control for Magnus who started his first skills in technical diving gear. These skills will be enhanced with more training leading up to his certification dives tomorrow for the TDI Intro to Tech course.