DEEP, initiated by our friends at Thai Ocean Academy, conducted its pilot efforts in 2019. Subsequent collaboration with experienced educators from Love Wildlife Foundation in combination with active marine biologists has allowed DEEP to further develop its priorities in 2020 and beyond.
DEEP is a long term fully immersive marine science program backed with real life SCUBA training and scientific diving applications. The goal of the program is to educate students through an in-house developed curriculum by partner marine biologists, to a level that will be setting the bar for marine education worldwide.
To facilitate this, DEEP has partnered with marine scientists from ATMEC. By developing SCUBA diving skills from a young age, as early as 10 years old, we develop a passion and intrigue for the marine environment.
Once these basic SCUBA skills are developed, we begin with marine science education with a very broad focus. By developing a broad knowledge-base for the students we allow them to have a strong foundation for future applications, once they have completed high school.
All programs at ATMEC, while available to students around the world, adhere to strict safety standards. This includes public health issues such as Covid-19. All students will need to provide proof of residing within Thailand for a minimum of 14 days, or completion of mandatory quarantine following Thai law, and relevant medical certifications for any field work intended prior to the commencement of any course. During time getting to and staying on the island, and on the boat, students and staff will be exposed to no areas of communal social gatherings and public spaces.
ATMEC facilities will not be open to the public and will only be accessible to government staff and ATMEC members. Equipment will be assigned exclusively to individual students where possible and living spaces will additionally be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised regularly, particularly before and after any course. Students and interns that do not meet stringent requirements by Thai law and ATMEC regulations will not be permitted to attend ATMEC courses.