As divers we love nature and need to help to conserve our natural habitat. Tourism however is one of the threats to the coral reef and marine life, we are very active in trying to change bad habits such as walking on coral, fish feeding, trash from boats, anchoring on reef...
Many of these issues can be avoided by making everyone aware and responsible for their actions. This is something BB divers work on every day with our own divers and snorkelers, and by making others aware of bad practices. We are thankfull for the beauty which Mother Nature lets us enjoy every day, and will do everything we can to help preserve this gift. We strive for conservation aware dives and trips so future generations can enjoy these grand coral reefs as much as we can. To be eco minded is our spirit and our legacy to the future.
Some of our actions...
We are proud to be part of the great movement Trash hero, started on Koh Chang April 2018. A few locals got together and decided to join this powerful organization to get Koh Chang green and clean and raise awareness about the problems with trash.
We have started with weekly clean ups, and are planning more programs such as the bottle refull stations etc, ...
Everybody is welcome on the weekly Wednesday clean ups, the calender is published on the Trash hero facebookpage.
Aware on boat
Drinking water, we take 30 liter bottles on the boat and serve it with ice made of drinking water. This way there is less litter, and plastic bottles don’t end up in the sea when it is windy or wavy.
Soft drinks in cans have been replaced by big bottles, thus cutting down on litter, we use and wash plastic cups instead of using disposable ones.
Lunch is served as a buffet and we use plates, no styrofoam or unnecessary plastic bags.
All divemasters and instructors collect rubbish while diving, and recommend other divers to do so.
Boat share, we invite other dive schools in low season to join on the boat, this cuts down on petrol use and the pollution that comes with it.
Local awareness in Bang Bao village is slowly growing. We take part in the committee’ Bang Bao clean and green”, which plans actions to get the living space cleaner and healthier around the pier.
- Every low season we organize a few underwater cleanup projects ourselves. Our own staff and divemaster trainees are happy to help, and for every clean up we ask guests to join for a free diving day, so they can help to collect rubbish. This is not only useful to get the trash out of the water but it is fun as well.
- We offer coral watch diving trips in cooperation with project aware.
- We join and support the yearly clean ups from Dasta and National Park.
- International clean up day, day of the reef.
- Nemo project, reintroduction of the clownfish on Koh Rang national Park.
- Active cooperation in the planning and sinking of a new artificial reef the HTMS Chang, which became a great reef over the years and takes away some of the "load" of other reefs.
Coral watch dives
Next to the regular dives we offer Coral watch dives. This is a day of diving, where we go under with coral charts, taking data to map the reef and check how it is affected over time. It is a fun way to learn about the coral reef, and a great feeling to make your dives count! If you are interested have a look at www.coralwatch.org
Ocean Quest coral propagation progra,
One of the courses we teach is the ocean quest coral propagation, a great way to propagate broked corals without using any unnatural products on the reefs such as plastic pipes or cement.
- CPP diver: cpp course 3 days
This is a 3 day course on coral propagation using a standard method. The course includes theory on reef conservation and fish recognition, buoyancy training, and propagating coral from broken of corals found on the reefs. We are not introducing foreign species to any reefs, and use only natural products propagating the coral pieces on locally found rock.
Diving and safety
BB Divers is proud to support DAN Asia-Pacific (DAN AP), our Supporter Code is DS-0044. The Divers Alert Network (DAN) is a global network of not-for-profit, member-based, dive safety organisations working for the safety of all divers through education, research and training.
DAN AP provides Worldwide Emergency Evacuation Coverage and optional Dive Injury (Treatment) Insurance Services for Members. In addition the organisation is responsible for funding and/or manning 24-hour diving emergency hotlines throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
DAN AP is a part of the International DAN Federation of Dive Safety Organisations with worldwide Membership presently exceeding 300,000.
Wherever members live or dive around the world they have peace of mind knowing that DAN is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to assist in the event of an accident/illness.
If you do not have a current dive insurance, please have a look at their website. Signing up can be done within 24 hours.