15th Anniversary of Lotus Diving and monitoring the coral reef bleaching situation 2016.

Written by Yann Poire on . Posted in Owner's Talk

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Lotus Diving, we decided to give back to the community by organizing a cleanup and environmental awareness event that will take place on the 1st of May 2016 . We invited divers around Thailand to come dive with us and help us with the cleaning of Chaloklum Bay, Haad Khom, the artificial reefs that have been laid last 3 years outside Chaloklum Bay and possibly a less known dive site called Samran Pinnacle if the conditions and logistics allows us.

Aside the cleaning, some of our teams will be busy setting up mooring lines that will hopefully be used by the several boats visiting Mae Haad and Haad Khom to prevent them from dropping their anchor in the fragile coral reefs of these popular diving and snorkeling spots.

Also as part of this event Lotus Diving will teach SSI Open Water Course to 10 lucky children from the community to add to the 20 children that have been certified last 2 years as part of a similar program that has been made possible with the help of the Department of Coastal and Marine Resources of Thailand (DMCR).

Divers visiting the island are also welcome to join us for this event for the price of 1500 Thai Baht for as many dives required for the event to be a success. Also divers with full set of gear will only be charged 500 Thai Baht to cover for food, tanks and transportation. The participants will also receive a long-sleeve shirt as a memory for their help in making that day a success.

After this event a diner will take place at the Lotus Diving centre with live music for the participant of the events. There will also be a draw from the people present at the evening diner for the chance to win prizes. The diner includes food and soft drinks but people can bring their own drinks.

We are cooperating with the research centre Core Sea for that day but the other dive centres on the island are also invited to join our movement by organising their own clean-up events on that day.

So far around a hundred of divers from across Thailand but mostly from the south have confirmed their participation in the event. Which demonstrate the will of Thai people to preserve, raise awareness and conserve their beautiful but fragile marine environment by being role models.

The team at Lotus Diving is hoping to make the success of this event to repeat in the coming years as an annual event to further improve the environmental awareness and inform the people of the need to protect the sea and its precious resources.

The last day of inscription is  20th of April 2016. People willing to participate can contact Lotus Diving directly or use the AWARE project event set-up for the event using the following link.

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