Ocean Ventures Fiji Launches Cutting-Edge Coral Reef Ecology Course

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With extremely limited global travel, and the almost total shutdown of the tourism industry in Fiji, Ocean Ventures Fiji, a PADI scuba diving operator based in the untouched Natewa Bay near Savusavu, decided to put their time to good use by writing a first-of-its kind coral reef ecology course.

Ocean Ventures are delighted to announce the launch of their brand new online course, South Pacific Coral Reef Ecology, to coincide with World Oceans Day and World Ocean Week. Taking inspiration from a field ecology course they have been teaching for many years, this eLearning course aims to bring coral reef ecology and a love of the marine world to everybody who is unable to travel and experience these amazing ecosystems for themselves during these difficult times.

Bringing Our Vibrant Underwater Cities to Life

This comprehensive program looks at the ecology of coral reefs, starting with their importance as ecosystems, before discussing in detail the amazing biodiversity found on reefs, including the corals themselves, common reef fish, and marine invertebrates. The course then covers the intrinsically-linked ecosystems, mangroves and seagrasses, before concluding with a detailed look at the threats faced by coral reefs and the actions being taken to preserve these wonders of nature.

Although the majority of the course content is applicable to all coral reefs globally, each section also includes significant local context with many examples from reefs in the South Pacific. Stunning photos and underwater videos illustrate the course, most shot in Natewa Bay by the Ocean Ventures team themselves. Although it is the largest bay in the South Pacific, Natewa Bay remains a little-known gem home to pristine reefs and incredible biodiversity.

Gaining Knowledge and Earning New Qualifications

This eLearning course can be taken either as a standalone program at US $50, or with certification in Ocean Ventures’ exclusive PADI distinctive specialty, PADI South Pacific Coral Reef Ecology at US $95. Ocean Ventures will deduct the basic cost of US $50 from selected diving courses and dive packages for anybody diving with Ocean Ventures Fiji in the future!

Inclusive Access to Coral Reef Education

  • Who might be interested in this online reef ecology course?
  • Anybody with an interest in coral reefs globally and/or marine conservation
  • Anybody with a general interest in our oceans and the environment
  • Anybody with a specific interest in the coral reefs of the South Pacific
  • Anybody who planned an ocean-based trip but is currently unable to travel due to restrictions
  • Scuba divers and snorkelers
  • Divers looking for an additional certification (this PADI specialty can credit towards PADI Master Scuba Diver)
  • Students interested in the fields of marine science or marine biology
  • Underwater photographers looking to improve their knowledge of marine creatures and basic ID skills

Want to know more?

To get more information or sign up for the course click here.

Any other questions can be directed to Matthew and Sara at info@oceanventuresfiji.com, or via their website, www.oceanventuresfiji.com.

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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