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New Heaven Dive School & Reef Conservation Program (NHRCP)

We enjoy diving… but we also love the environment. Want to do more than just your average dive course?

Our unique program and conservation courses were the first, and are the longest running ones like this on Koh Tao, Thailand. We offer many courses and hands-on opportunities for aspiring marine biologists or merely divers wanting to try something new involving coral reef education, research, and restoration.

Conservation Activities

Our Marine Conservation Courses range from 3 days to 6 months, with most students choosing to participate for 2-4 weeks. Many nationally or internationally recognized certifications in diving, marine research and conservation are available on completion.
Students of our program will get the opportunity to learn about and dive to work on a long list of ongoing conservation projects, including:

  • Reef monitoring & coral health assessments
  • Coral nurseries & bio rock coral rehabilitation
  • Coral spawning and larvae culturing
  • Artificial reef construction and maintenance
  • Sea turtle rehabilitation & giant clam nurseries beach/under water clean-ups & awareness campaigns, and much more.

A typical day involves a talk in the morning around 9:30 am about the day’s topic, a dive to practice the techniques learned, and data entry or debriefing until about 3pm. The rest of the day is free to either help out with things going on around the island, or simply relax and soak in the beautiful and serene beaches, island lifestyle, and nightlife.

I’m in!

What do I need? For all conservation courses you must be certified in both the Open Water and Advanced level dive courses – we believe it’s important that you are a proficient diver so you don’t damage the underwater environment while trying to help.
Not a diver yet? No worries. New Heaven Dive School Koh Tao offers all the PADI and SSI dive courses you need, from the basic Open Water course all the way through Dive Master Level. We offer personalized service in small groups (4 people max) and a safe, relaxed, and fun atmosphere.

Reputation. Come find out why our students and volunteers just can’t get enough, and continue to come back year after year to learn and enjoy more.

Find out more about our marine conservation courses and projects 
Find out more about our dive courses and certifications 
See our pictures or connect with our past students through our Facebook page 
See what goes on at New Heaven on YouTube

  • Banner image: Sirachai (Shin) Arunrugstichai