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Save Koh Tao Festival 2016

The Save Koh Tao Festival has been running now for 6 years, a couple of days to show how Koh Tao community comes together for the greater good, and to address any new environmental issues, and the possible solutions that have been put in to place. 

This years festival was held on the 18th-19th of June, and what a festival, the opening was held at the historic King Rama 5 Rock on Sairee beach, follwed closely by our very first and biggest land based world record attempt.Trash Sculpture 2016

At 11:30 pm on Saturday the 18th of June over 3,000 people of all nationalities came together on Sairee beach to clasp wrists with the person next to them in a bid to beat the previous Guiness World record of 2,200 people, and also show their strength as a community. We have yet to obtain the official results, but it did look pretty promising.

Then on to the afternoons festivities, with Kids games, food stalls, Volleyball games, and even a trash sculpture competition, which the team at Big Blue Conservation entered an Anemone sculpture made from mostlly recycle plastic. 

Then to the evening, as usual we worked hard to create outfits for the Mr and Mrs Koh Tao competition, where teams must create outfits made from as much recycled material as possible, and this year we even had a theme to our entries, of a healthy ocean, Mrs Koh Tao and a unhealthy ocean Mr Koh Tao, our efforts were then rewarded with a prize for Mrs Koh Tao, well done.Mrs Koh Tao 2016

The following night was probably the biggest and most exciting night for Big Blue, as it was the night of our on stage 

Always look on the green side of life

performance, each year we ask fo some time on stage, to show the community what enertainers we really are, and this year was no exception, with a twist on old, classic 'Always look on the bright side of life' to always look on the green side of life. The team put on quite a show, and I think even managed to address some environmental issues to the public. 

So all I have to say is thank everyone, that made it possible, and we look forward to next year. 

Nigel our ever enthusiastic intern

I came to Big Blue on a whim not knowing how much I would like scuba diving. I finished my open water course and immediately knew I was hooked and signed up for the advanced course the next day. I had to go back to my job as a teacher in Thailand after that but first chance I got I was right back at Big Blue diving. I had discovered something truly new and amazing to do.

After just 10 dives I felt that I wanted scuba diving to become a part of my life. I signed up for the rescue,deep, nitrox and wreck courses offered in the hopes of exploring as much of the underwater world as I could and become experienced enough to do the Eco internship with Rachel. The Eco internship was by far the most satisfying and rewarding diving I have done to date. It gave me the opportunity to interact with the underwater world and transform my diving from purely spectating to helpful participation with the ecosystem. During my internship my skills and knowledge around diving increased dramatically and I am far more confident underwater than I once was. I was the only intern in the course and got to work one on one with my instructor Rachel. Nigel

This allowed my time with her to be very flexible and tailored my interests. She is very dedicated to what she does, her passion flowed into her work. During my time with her I learned how to care for the local coral formations. Cleaning up large bits of garbage from the ocean has never been so fun. I didn't feel like just another tourist when I was helping clean and care for the marine life. Doing the Eco internship was some of the most enjoyable diving I got to do and I hope that the program expands. It's a great way to get experience if you are thinking of continuing your diving career. I have nothing but good things to say about my experience at Big Blue.

Thanks Nigel, it was a pleasure, carry on sharing the passion!

Valentine Charity Auction

Well it was such a great success last year that we decided why not, it’s all for a good cause. So we went with it, trying to make it bigger and better than its predecessor, with a local DJ plus more amazing hotties from all over Koh Tao and some hungry bidders, wanting to grab themselves a date for valentine. animal clinic 12 

Come 8 o’clock the bar was full, with the community of Koh Tao coming together to raise money for the two great charities we chose, and that community didn’t disappoint with a grand total of 45,000 Thai Baht, I’d say they did good.  Oh and everyone had an awesome time, not sure on how those valentine dates went, but hey it’s all for charity. 50

http://www.seashepherdglobal.org/

http://www.kohtaoanimalclinic.org/

Earth Day

A day dedicated purley to the environment, has been happening now for over 40 years, and here at Big Blue we also spent the day doing what we can to help our struggling environment. 

This year we were invited to join other businesses in an island wide clean up, of not only the beaches, and roads, but also the local diving sites. Earth day 500 x 281

With the involvement of over 60 businesses, including other dive schools we collected over 1,254 Kg of trash, with the help of over 353 divers.

Along with the mass clean up we also raised money for one of Koh Tao's oldest protectors of the seas, Chad Scott. One of the co-founders of the Save Koh Tao organisation, he has helped and created varies projects, that have made Koh Tao more environmentally sustainable.

Unfortunatly he was recently diagnosed with luekemia and so as a community we also held a fundraising event for him on the evening of the 22nd, raising a total of 735,500 Thai baht.

In whole the community really did come together, WELL DONE EVERYONE!Shanna Earth day

 

A NEW YEAR

So how did we get on over the past 12 months, well with more than 20 new BSAC Marine conservationists certified, plus the removal of over a ton of trash from the oceans, as well as the local beaches, I’d say not bad.  Then of course we had some great fundraising events throughout the year, from charity auctions, quizzes, to competitive swim events, raising money for some awesome charities, I believe the grand total of 200,000 Thai Baht was raised. Going to such charities like;

  • Sea Shepherd Australia

http://www.seashepherd.org.au/

  • Shark Guardian

http://www.sharkguardian.org

  • Soi Dog Foundation

http://www.soidog.org/en/about-soi-dog/

  • Noistar Animal Clinic Koh Tao

http://www.kohtaoanimalclinic.org/8

However I don’t think it would have been merely as successful a year, if it wasn’t for the awesome volunteers that joined us in 2015. Designing new posters, giving presentations to our DMT’s, and of course looking after the local reef. Your efforts and contributions will all ways be appreciated, and from everyone at Big Blue Diving we commend you for ‘Saving Our Seas!’