Using Marine Education As a Tool For Positive Change
Travel With A Paddle combines a love of stand up paddle and environmental education. We offer travel opportunities for ocean lovers by combining flat water and SUP surfing coaching with hands-on eco-learning and conservation research.
I managed a coral rehabilitation program in the Maldives called The Coral Lines Project, which grew coral fragments (which had broken off in storms) on ropes. These ropes were hung in a nursery on the ocean floor and every day I dived to track the coral’s health and growth. Once the corals were large enough, they were transplanted to the reef and research was carried out on their success rate. The project was aimed at building the health of the existing reef and it was funded by guests who donated each coral line, so it was a great opportunity to teach others about the devastating effects of climate change on coral reefs due to warming ocean temperatures and ocean acidification. By the end of my two years there, 6000+ coral fragments had been planted and many more grown on our house reef.
“It’s all about spreading conservation awareness to help protect our one ocean. I have seen first-hand the effects that plastic, over-fishing and ocean acidification have on the environment and I want to encourage and involve more people to join the fight in creating a better future.”
SUPs allow us to explore the marine environment without sound disturbance. We’re able to view marine ecosystems in their natural form and learn first hand. It’s a fantastic teaching tool as I can ensure our clients get close up and personal with the subject I am teaching.