• Coastal Ecology Program

Takata’s Coastal Ecology Program is an intensive educational program that will guide you towards a better understanding of coastal ecosystems and of the role of divers in ocean conservation. It contains the necessary tools to understand, appreciate and protect the marine environment.

We take a systemic and multi-disciplinary approach to our subject matter, focusing our attention on a diversity of systems that are connected to the ecology of coastal biomes: biological systems, ecosystems, earth systems and social value systems. This allows us to include the human element in our understanding of ecology.

Scheduled activities include interpretation dives, a field visit to the mangrove forest, socio-environmental volunteering activities, ethics discussions and a research project presentation. Here at Takata we believe that divers should become protectors of the ocean and its ecosystems. This program was created with that goal in mind.

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The program’s content is inspired by college and university level biology, ecology, environmental sciences and environmental sociology curricula. It consists of 30 hours of activities divided in four modules:

  1. Coral Biology: all you need to know about reef building corals, from the tiny polyp to reef formation.
  2. Tropical Coastal Ecology: contemporary models of ecosystem structure and how these apply to a variety of coastal ecosystems: reefs, mangroves and seagrass meadows.
  3. The Anthropocene and our Oceans: the impact of human activities on our ocean ecosystems, conservation status of reefs worldwide and conservation efforts.
  4. Environmental Ethics: a sociological approach to environmental value systems and exploration of a variety of environmental philosophies.
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