Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Description
Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Course at Underwater Vision
The Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course is designed to inform you about the world’s coral reefs-the state they are in and the impact climate change, over fishing and land development (to name a few) are having on them.
This specialty at Underwater Vision will teach divers about the specific threats to the reef surrounding Utila, the importance of the reef and how it functions, as well as how to best conserve and protect it and the creatures which make it home, in order to ensure bountiful, healthy dive destination for generations to come.
Unhealthy reefs make for undesirable dive destinations and unhappy divers. The health report for the reef is a reflection of the health of the creatures of the sea, the land surrounding it and the people who live near it. It is vitally important for people to become aware of the delicate situation the world’s coral reefs are in, in order to preserve and protect what is there.
What will you learn?
The Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course teaches you about the vital role of coral reefs in the marine environment. The course also familiarizes you with the current state of the world's coral reefs and how you can help. You will learn about the Project AWARE Foundation and :
- How coral reefs function
- Why they are so important
- Why many reefs are in serious trouble
- What you can do to prevent further decline
How can you start learning now?
The AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation course references information in the digital manual – AWARE - Our World, Our Water – downloadable for free on Project AWARE. Although this manual is not required for the course, you can read the chapter on coral reefs in preparation for meeting with your instructor.
Since fish life and coral reefs go hand in hand, it also makes sense to learn about fish identification with the Project AWARE Fish Identification course.
You may also want to brush up on your underwater photography skills so that you can document and capture images of the conditions of the reefs and species you’re encountering.