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2nd ReefCheck training in Tonga

25 October 2008 | Tonga
Jane Pares
The cruising season in the South Pacific is coming to a close and some cruisers have already made their way to New Zealand, where they'll stay during the hurricane season.

Among the OceansWatch members heading back for the 2nd time are Beth and Ken Cone on Eagle Wings and David and Gail Funk on Fifth Season. But before making the passage they're taking the OceansWatch Reef Check course in the Kingdom of Tonga. This is the 2nd course run in Tonga for OceansWatch members, the 1st was in April this year and had ten participants.

OceansWatch member, Glenn Edney, owns and runs OceanBlue Adventures on the island of Foa, and is accredited by Reef Check to run their Eco-diver Course for OceansWatch members. He has considerable knowledge and experience of the underwater world, having been diving in Tongan waters since 1992 and written a book on New Zealand's Poor Knights Marine Reserve. Assisted by Janey Pares (OW Media and Membership), they run the course from their dive and whale watching base in the Ha'apai Islands. Rachel Agnew, an OW member who set up www.scubadive.net.nz - a forum for divers - has also joined them for the course.

The location is beautiful - Ha'apai is Tonga's best kept secret - and the perfect place to learn about the coral reef - a sheltered, turquoise lagoon, whose horizon is dominated by the dormant volcanic cone of Kao side by side with Tofua, an active volcano that is infamous for hosting the mutinous crew from the British Navy's HMS Bounty! There are no other dive operators based here, and it is particularly ideal for cruisers, as they can anchor off the beach, safely tucked in behind the reef and come ashore each day for instruction. The theory which involves plenty of identification of coral types, indicator species, damage, disease, is taught at OceanBlue Adventure's base just up from the beach. All the practical work - snorkelling and diving - is undertaken from both the beach and the dive boat, making use of the Home reef and other reefs further off-shore in the lagoon.

The course started on Friday 23rd Oct once both yachts had arrived, and the first day involved of the time in the classroom and then about 1 hours snorkelling off the beach, starting with some ID and familiarization. The course takes about four days and each day involves both theory and practical sessions, culminating in a full underwater survey.

You'll have a lot of fun doing the course, learn heaps of interesting facts about the underwater world that you're cruising in and meet other OceansWatch members with similar interests to yourselves! If you would like some more information on the course, please email Janey on jane@oceanswatch.org
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Vessel Name: Magic Roundabout, Cat Knapp & Anna Rose
Vessel Make/Model: Sweden Yachts 34, Anna Rose '43 yacht
Hailing Port: Whangarei, NZ
Crew: Chris Bone, Irene Llabres, Katherine Rainone, Anna Pohl
About:
Permanant skipper Chris is a professional yacht skipper and runs a yacht delivery company- Pacific Yacht Deliveries. He has been an environmental activist for many years, including 2 years as a skipper for Greenpeace on the yacht Vega. [...]
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The long term use of Magic Roundabout was donated to OceansWatch to carry out Marine conservation and provide humanitarian aid to the coastal communities in the Pacific. OceansWatch has set up an ongoing training system for yachties and divers to monitor reef health throughout the Pacific using the [...]
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OceansWatch team sailing to Opua
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Work on the Magic Roundabout and departure from Whangarei
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Reef Check training with Reef Check Australia in the Ha'apais April 2008
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Who: Chris Bone, Irene Llabres, Katherine Rainone, Anna Pohl
Port: Whangarei, NZ

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