New Heaven Diving School on Turtle Island

The New Heaven Diving School (NHDS) on Turtle Island is much more than a diving school. With more than 20 years on the island and a focus on personalized small group instruction, safety, and having a good time, their instructors are just the right guides for our marine vertebrate lab.

The instructors at NHDS are committed to coral reef research and conservation.

It starts with preserving the namesake of the island itself - the sea turtle. Since populations are dangerously small and only 1 in 1000 turtle hatchlings survive in the wild, NHDS staff partner with community members to protect egg laying sites and collect hatchlings to raise in the nursery, improving their chances of living to be healthy adults. Every year, they collect turtle hatchlings in June and release 50-150 turtles between October and February.

But headstarting turtles isn’t enough if they don’t have a home. Among their other projects are coral and giant clam nurseries, sea horse studies, "coralivore" removals, artificial reef building and accelerated coral recovery, mooring line maintenance, trash removal, and research partnerships with the Prince of Songkhla University.

There’s no doubt we’re in good hands with the NHDS team, and so are the reefs.

Check out New Heaven's latest research publications.