Scuba Diving and Marine Conservation in Borneo
Learning to scuba dive and supporting marine conservation efforts are two great experiences that work together perfectly and offer students amazing life changing experiences during a school expedition to Borneo. Scuba diving reinforces environmentally friendly morals and is overall a highly rewarding experience. Diving gives a first hand, front row seat of the beautifully stunning but delicate coral reef ecosystems, providing an informative introduction to caring for the environment and the need for our seas to remain sustainable. As divers, or snorkelers, you have the privilege of seeing the beauty, and health, or our coral reefs up close.
"Last year the students did more diving, received their PADI certification on the trip and did some in-depth study of coral reefs. We have a group of students very interested in being involved in coral rescue and replanting, now. A safe adventure for students that inspired independent positive environmental action is a gift that Borneo Dreams delivered for our students." Secondary School Principal, International School in Shanghai
With Kota Kinabalu’s waters being located within the ‘Coral Triangle’ we are lucky to have an incredible variety of marine life in our nearby Marine Park. From colourful soft corals, sponges, hard corals, anemones to numerous species of Clown Fish, Parrot Fish, Barracuda, Moral Eels, Stingrays, macro life galore and Turtles. Where better to also highlight the importance of issues such as the effects of global warming, impact fisheries and marine pollution. Exposing students to these issues and encouraging them to support marine conservation efforts to protect our coral reefs in Borneo will help support them in becoming environmentally responsible citizens. Borneo, as part of the Coral Triangle – the most diverse coral reef region in the world – is an ideal location to learn about and support marine conservation efforts.
Marine Conservation in action during a School Expedition to Borneo
Alongside participating in one of our PADI diving or snorkeling activities we can build in a range of marine conservation educational activities during a school expedition or group trip to Borneo. Two important marine conservation activities we support in Borneo are as follows:-
- Join a 'Dive Against Debris' dive to remove marine debris from a coral reef, or support a beach clean up. Dive Against Debris is a marine conservation initiative led by Project AWARE which we support at Borneo Dream. From the smallest bits of plastic, car batteries and appliances, to enormous fishing nets, "stuff" from our daily lives makes its way to the ocean every day and damages coral reefs. Your individual marine conservation actions can contribute to a clean, healthy future for the ocean and our coral reefs in Borneo. Data collected is shared online to Project AWARE - all data submitted contributes to the global database and helps drive long-term change to address the marine debris issue.
- Join an introduction to Marine Biology course led by our marine conservation partner in Borneo and experts in their field, Marine Research Foundation. Completing this course (which can range from 2 - 4 days) will help bring to life some of the practices involved in measuring, and assessing, the health of a coral reef. Join educational sessions led by experienced qualified Marine Biologists followed by practical, hands on fieldwork sessions. You will learn more about how to study marine ecology processes, symbiotic relationships and fish identification and species diversity. Being able to study and measure a process, or relationship, provides valuable learning and insights about that process / relationship and overtime the health of a reef.
Borneo Dream is a 5* PADI Dive Facility working to the highest quality and safety standards - from small groups per PADI Instructor, well maintained dive gear, comfortable dive boats and a friendly, highly experience team of PADI Instructors we are the perfect choice for schools and groups looking for an underwater and marine conservation adventure in Sabah, Borneo. Our marine conservation and PADI programs can be tailored to be suitable for those learning to dive, certified divers progressing their diver education and for those new to snorkeling - there is something for everyone during a school expedition to Borneo.
"Whenever an institution looks to take students on an international school field trip safety has to be one of our biggest concerns. The boats and diving equipment used by Borneo Dreams are top notch. Everything was in the finest condition and the student to diving instructor ratio was ideal. All of the instructors were knowledgeable and confidence instilling. Some of my students had experience diving but most were trying it for the first time. The experience was positive and successful for everyone." Teacher, International School in Shanghai
If you are interested in including marine conservation activities, or developing scuba diving or snorkeling skills, during a Borneo School expedition or group trip then contact your perfect expert and in country partner, Borneo Dream.