As part of DJL’s continued commitment to eco diving, I was one of a large number of volunteers to help in Koh Tao’s latest project, ‘Buoyancy World’. This project has seen a number of Koh Tao’s dive schools unite for one purpose, to help preserve paradise.
Buoyancy World is a new artificial dive site that has been designed to take the strain off of some of the most commonly dived dive sites on the island. The new site will contain a large number of man made structures, including a giant lizard, a concrete butterfly and a bamboo forest. In addition to the weird and wonderful structures that will make the new site so interesting, a number of fixed objects will also be added, with the aim of these assisting in the teaching of buoyancy control.
However, before the structures for the new site can be deployed they must first be built. The building phase of the project has been going on over the last few days, and today saw several of the larger structures nearly reach completion thanks to the hard work of all the volunteers.
The volunteers were divided into small teams, each responsible for different aspects of the building project. These roles included welding, steel cutting, rendering, meshing and my personal job of the day, smashing coconuts into tiny pieces to use as stuffing for the structures.
As the day went on, and the blisters came, a real sense of camaraderie was built up between all of the volunteers. I felt privileged to work on a project with a group of people so passionate about preserving the underwater world of our beautiful island. I have no doubt that the new dive site will be absolutely amazing. I look forward to seeing how it develops over the coming months and can’t wait to see which aquatic life will end up calling it home.
James, Instructor at DJL