Buoyancy world is brand new dive site with features designed specifically to take divers through training exercises without causing damage to the reef.
Buoyancy World was designed and constructed by the island’s community and dive schools through Save Koh Tao. The idea is that by teaching buoyancy skills on artificial structures in the water, we can help reduce dramatically the damage being done to the reef accidentally. The project also includes a coral and fish nursery try to restore and improve the abundance and biodiversity of Koh Tao’s reefs.
Below are some pictures of Big Blue staff constructing their contribution:
Features include of Buoyancy World include:
- Training aids
- Swim throughs
- Balance beams
- Hover weights
- Rings, hoops and other obstacles
- Search and recovery objects
Buoyancy World 2.0 Construction!
This week Big Blue Conservation have been drilling, hammering and banging all day... except this time it was to make our newest addition to our artificial reef and diver training site Buoyancy World 2.0! 18 members of Big Blue divemasters and instructors have been trying their construction skills making a new buoyancy aid to help train divers in buoyancy skills. Buoyancy skills defines you as a good or bad diver and we are always improving on them. However, even the most 'feather-like' divers can damage the reef during accidental contact. A project in the Red Sea found that divers inadvertently touched the reef 10 times a dive (photographers even more - and often not accidentally either!). So being an Eco-friendly island, we constructed a site dedicated to diver buoyancy training 2 years ago. Weathering and the populatrity of the site mean its time for a refurbish - and I'm super excited about trying out some of the new structures! Watch this space for the first time we dive it after deployment at the end of September.