PADI Sea Turtle Awareness specialty at Oceans 5 Dive Resort
Our Dive Resort, located on Gili Air in Indonesia, offers both participant and instructor levels for the PADI Sea Turtle Awareness specialty.
In between all the sad and depressing news articles that cover plastic pollution, overfishing and the palm oil industry, only to name a few, there are also news topics that brighten up our days.
Although all species of sea turtles are on the IUCN red list with status ranging from vulnerable (leatherback) to critically endangered (Hawksbill and Kemp’s Ridley) globally, around the Gili Islands in Lombok, Indonesia you are guaranteed to find a healthy population of 2 species: the Green Sea Turtle and the Hawksbill.
Our local sea turtles are a major tourist attraction. Both local and western businesses understand the importance of protecting aquatic life, including turtles. Nesting grounds on the beach are fenced off to protect hatchlings and the hatchlings are kept in nurseries until they are a bit older which increses their chance of survival.
Scuba divers and snorkelers alike enjoy spending time with these locals. Over the years our sea turtles have become used to the presence of observers. This allows for very close encounters with these gentle creatures as they carry on with their day to day bussiness.
This doesn’t mean that the waters surrounding the Gili Islands are sea turtle petting zoo. Strict rules of interaction apply and these rules are well known to all scuba diving operation and snorkel tour companies.
What is the PADI Sea Turtle Awareness all about?
The specialty kicks off with with an introduction to sea turtles. The instructor will explain the anatomy of sea turtles, how they feed and what their main foodsources are.
Participants will also learn how to identify all species of sea turtle with the help of a sea turtle field guide.
Furthermore particpants will learn how sea turtles breed and what happens with a hatchling through out it’s life. The instructor will also explain how we can minimize our impact on their breeding and nesting behaviour, as this is today a big problem with the continuing development of coastlines.
To end the course the instructor will lead 2 dives in open water to sites where participants will guaranteed spot both the Hawksbill and Green Sea Turtle. The newly aquired identification skills can be put into practice followed by a debriefing and a discussion on why the observed turtles are thriving around the beautiful Gili Islands.
Become a Sea Turtle Awareness diver and help us protect these beautiful ancient sea creatures.
Help scuba divers become aware of the struggles that modern sea turtles are going through by becoming a PADI Sea Turtle Awareness Specialty Instructor and educate scuba divers.