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OceansWatch Reef Check Training in Tonga

'A healthy Reef - OceansWatch'    Rachel Agnew    Click Here to view large photo

The cruising season in the South Pacific is coming to a close and some cruisers have already made their way to New Zealand, where they’ll stay over the hurricane season.

Among the OceansWatch www.oceanswatch.org members heading back for the second time are Beth and Ken Cone on Eagle Wings and David and Gail Funk on Fifth Season. But before making the passage they’re taking the OceansWatch Reef Check course in the Kingdom of Tonga. This is the second course run in Tonga for OceansWatch members the first was in April this year and had ten participants.

OceansWatch member, Glenn Edney, owns and runs OceanBlue Adventures on the island of Foa, and is accredited by Reef Check to run their Eco-diver Course for OceansWatch members. He has considerable knowledge and experience of the underwater world, having been diving in Tongan waters since 1992 and written a book on New Zealand’s Poor Knights Marine Reserve.

Healthy coral - OceansWatch -  Rachel Agnew   Click Here to view large photo



Assisted by Jane Pares (OW Media and Membership), they run the course from their dive and whale watching base in the Ha’apai Islands. Rachel Agnew, an OW member who set up www.scubadive.net.nz - a forum for divers - also joined them for the course.

The location is beautiful - Ha’apai is Tonga’s best kept secret - and the perfect place to learn about the coral reef - a sheltered, turquoise lagoon, whose horizon is dominated by the dormant volcanic cone of Kao side by side with Tofua, an active volcano that is infamous for hosting the mutinous crew from the British Navy’s HMS Bounty!

There are no other dive operators based here, and it is particularly ideal for cruisers, as they can anchor off the beach, safely tucked in behind the reef and come ashore each day for instruction.

The theory which involves plenty of identification of substrate, reef health indicator species - fish and invertebrates - bleaching and predation, damage and disease, is taught at OceanBlue Adventure’s base just up from the beach. All the practical work – snorkelling and diving - is undertaken from both the beach and the dive boat, making use of the Home reef and other reefs further off-shore in the lagoon.

The course started on Friday 23rd Oct once both yachts had arrived, and the first day involved ¾ of the time in the classroom and then about 1½ hours snorkelling off the beach, starting with some ID and familiarization. The course has finished after 5 days of enjoyable, but intensive learning with each day involving both theory and practical sessions.

Glenn, Beth, Ken, Gail, David, Rachel in the classroom! - OceansWatch -  Rachel Agnew   Click Here to view large photo



Several theory tests and a full underwater survey need to be passed in order to gain the qualification. All 5 participants happily passed and had the following to say about their experience:

'What a wonderful opportunity to learn and be useful at the same time.'

'Every day brought new insights and surprising facts!'

'The last 12 years of diving I have focused on fish identification and photography. The Reef Check has really opened my eyes to the variety of coral and invertebrates.'

OceansWatch links sailors and divers together with marine conservation projects, as well as forming partnerships with local island communities to work with them to find practical solutions to some of their most basic of problems.

www.oceanswatch.org www.tonga-dive.com

Getting kitted up. - OceansWatch -  Rachel Agnew   Click Here to view large photo



More substrate testing! - OceansWatch -  Rachel Agnew   Click Here to view large photo



Substrate test - OceansWatch -  Rachel Agnew   Click Here to view large photo



Final Survey for Reef Check - OceansWatch -  Rachel Agnew   Click Here to view large photo




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