Scuba Diving, Volunteering

Volunteering with AIMS on the Great Barrier Reef

It’s the second to last day of the ten-day trip I volunteered on with the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and honestly, I am sad to go. These past 8 days have taught me about scientific data gathering, coral species, fish identification they have allowed me to dive some of the most pristine and untouched reefs I have ever seen all while on a boat with excellent company and delicious food. For anyone looking to volunteer and expand your marine science knowledge volunteering with AIMS on the Great Barrier Reef is the ideal place for you.

Prerequisites

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Before you do volunteer with aims, you will need to provide a plethora of documentation to prove your qualifications and skills. Amongst these will be:

  • A professional dive medical less than a year old. The 2299 in Australia.
  • First Aid and Advanced Resuscitation with Oxygen provider certification.
  • Minimum of PADI Rescue Diver qualification or equivalent.
  • 50 hours of logged diving. (This is very important, you must have your logbook signed, dated with all the relevant information filled in)
  • Be 18 years of age

You will also have to go through an induction in Townsville at the AIMS headquarters, fill out numerous liability releases, safety sheets and become familiar with the equipment. Once on the boat you will also have dive and boat induction on your first day.

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Product Reviews, Scuba Diving

Best Scuba Diving Torches

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So you’re looking for scuba diving equipment, among all the brands, specifications and price points its very easy to get lost. After ten years of diving, and five years of being a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor, I decided why not share some of my insights over my diving career, to help divers to pick their ideal gear. I am not going to be talking the most technical points, however, the aspects of scuba diving equipment that matters in the end : ease of use and durability. Today, we are tackling the best torches to buy.

As an example, I wanted to use the four different types of torches we have at the dive shop here at Laka Lodge, along with the Orcatorch which was sent to be to test and review.

Mares EOS 2c

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(Discontinued, but similar torches are available such as Mares Torch EOS 3 Scuba Dive Light, Mares Eos 5Rz Magnetic Rechargeable Waterproof Torch or Mares EOS 5 Torch – Black/Black by Mares. )

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Eco Tips, Product Reviews

Best Reef Safe Sunscreen

Reef Safe sunscreen time! I have been meaning to talk this for a very long time, scroll down to the bottom to get a list of some epic sunscreen brands you can get yourself! Or how to make your own!

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Hawaii Setting the Bar

Hawaii has just passed a landmark decision, of banning all reef harming sunscreen island wide. The decision is currently awaiting the governors signature and would come into affect January 1st 2021. Currently, estimations are that 14,000 tons of suscreen is deposited in oceans annually. The greatest damage from these chemical products has been found in popular reef areas in Hawaii and the Caribbean. Studies were conducted by the non profict Haereticus Environmental Laboratory which surveyed several beaches, finding the statistics of Trunk Bay receiving 2,000 to 5,000 swimmers daily while Hanauma bay, a popular snorkeling destination in Oahu drawing 2,6000 swimmers a day. Calculating roughly the amount of sunscreen a person puts on and repplies, the amount washed off into the reefs could be up to 200kg per day!

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How to, Travel, Volunteering

Saving Baby Turtle Hatchlings

After conducting a discover scuba dive from Laka Lodge, I offered my students whether or not they would like to have a walk on the beach. Completely unknown to me, this small decision would lead me to one of the best days of my life. Today, I would like to share with you how I helped 19 tiny turtles, to make their way across their first obstacle in life and enter the oceans.

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Travel

Moving To a Tiny Island in the Indian Ocean

Since the middle of March, when I first took this job, I have heard many words describe the journey I am about to embark on.

Crazy” “Lonely” “Incredible” “Once in a Lifetime” “isolated” “Experience”  and so on.

Sitting on the floor of a packed Ethiopian airport, all these words are repeating themselves in my head and creating one of those world cloud representations of data.

The truth is, I nor no one I know, has ever been to the Comoros and despite being friends with many well travelled people, no one has quite managed to describe the experiences they have had in isolated islands or parts of the world. The feeling I have now, is not as if I am about to get onto a plane, but on the contrary : I feel as If I am entering a time machine. A machine that will transport me so far beyond the world I know, where I will merely glimpse snippets of ‘normalcy’ on this 9 month journey.

I’m going to a place with no shops, cinemas, cafes, crowded streets, crosswalks, ice cream trucks, Happy Cow reviews or just about everything I have become accustomed to by living in Australia and Europe.

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