Student projects 2016

Students regularly visit TRACC to collect data for a graduate or masters degree project.  Art or science – if you are passionate about ocean issues then we have intern positions for a wide range of backgrounds. Marine conservation is often about communication and artists, photographers and media students can all become extraordinary advocates for ocean issues.  Each year, we support a few students to become useful interns to do some great science or art.

Photographing rare biodiversity such as this nudibranch (sea slug) requires a commitment to night diving.
Photographing rare biodiversity such as this nudibranch (sea slug) requires a commitment to night diving.

Have you got what it takes?  🙂

We have a range of projects in 2016,  from fish surveys to reef restorationcoral planting techniques, Stabilising rubble, optimising growth of coral species, impact of El Nino, climate change impacts on reefs, Turtles,  Sharks, rays, Humphead wrasse, anemone fish reproduction, biodiversity.  Other projects are possible such as the art installation #biggestsharkinborneo.  What are your interests?

#biggestsharkinborneo hammerhead shark on beach
Biggest shark in Borneo is a hammerhead shark artwork to raise awareness.

Art, media or communication interns please contact us with a formal presentation of ideas.

reef crest survey
reef crest survey

Generally our science intern requirements are practical in nature:

  • Can it be done in 12 -16 weeks.
  • Does it have a hypothesis?
  • Does it follow scientific method?
  • What is the control variable?
  • How discrete is the experimental variable?
  • Random or structured experimental design?
  • Is the project safe?
  • Etc.  Etc. Etc.
  • Has the student really thought about this?

Most student projects start with a 4 week volunteering experience to gain experience and dive qualifications.  When you have a month of doing underwater work under supervision from our staff then you will move to doing your own things safely with minimal supervision.  We like people doing independent projects to be Rescue diver qualified.  (read why here).

We expect a scientifically viable proposal, background research, strong commitment to the project,  regular written reports, Photos and video, several presentations to others at the camp and a copy of the final report as submitted to your university.  We don’t consider a research project a holiday, it may be fun but there is significant work involved if it is going to be worthwhile.  A scientific internship requires investment by TRACC in your future,  There is a lot of competition.  Are you worth our effort?

Mangrove studies
Mangrove studies

To stand out from the crowd:  Don’t simply send us a CV.   Send us a one page (max) project draft based on what you care about, what you can see is happening in the world of marine science or conservation, in our blog or on our facebook & twitter pages.

To learn about the experience – please look at the blog posts from ex students.  See what they did, they may even write about what went wrong.  Contact them on social media and ask for advice.  Be polite and they will help.

Marine science course cambridge a level
Rocky shore exploration

Ten facts to know about becoming a marine biologist

How to get a job in Marine Conservation.

Return of fish to Pom Pom Island

TRACC has been working on Pom Pom Island for 5 years and the change in fish life has been amazing. More Species
More Individuals
Bigger fish – often reproductive sizes

Our big fish surveys document what all our returning divers can see with their own eyes.

Large fish survey on Pom Pom Island 2011-2015
Large fish survey on Pom Pom Island 2011-2015

Who can ask for more?  The numbers of fish of all large species is definitely increasing.

We have resident schools of Barracuda, Big eye trevally, and fusiliers as well as a myriad smaller fish species.  The eagle rays are really special and coral cat sharks can be seen on night dives and our 2016 save sharks project should increase the numbers and species of sharks seen.

Definitely enough fish all around the island to sustain a small shark population so we can protect them before they are all killed.

Baby sharks for sale in the Kudat fish market 2014
Baby sharks for sale in the Kudat fish market 2014

 

Budget diving on a coral reef

TRACC are recipients of a grant to plant coral and we need help so we are offering 50% disount for divers or dive training.

fiftypercent discount (1)This is a great cheap way to get marine biology fieldwork experience and boost the numbers of your dives.

The sharks, the barracuda and the bumphead parrotfish will still all be here, the macro biodiversity is amazing and the water is warm and clear.
What are you waiting for  – this is a great opportunity to dive as much as you like for the cost of your food.
We will even train you to dive at the lowest possible cost.   Find out more  or  email to BOOK now

cheap stay at tracc

Costs for Marine Science A level

Accommodation, food, unlimited diving, 2 dive courses for a 14-16 week stay = £3200 ( Course is 14 weeks but most people stay for 1-2 extra weeks to celebrate and chill with their friends)

A level course & exam fee = £1500
This includes books, materials, lessons, field trips, etc.  The exam will be held in Kota Kinabalu during the last weeks of the course ( the exam dates are set by Cambridge).
Course starts 18th Jan 2016 but students are welcome to arrive Thursday 14th to allow time to settle in.
Exams for 2016 are 27-30th April
Nurul Yazid biodiversity of pom pom island Sabah
not a stone or a sponge but a frogfish. Learn about camoflage, foodwebs, water chemistry and much more!!

Open water dive training costs 2016

Welcome to booking for a dive training trip with TRACC to our Pom Pom island Reef conservation Projects.  Pom Pom island is an awesome dive site where we start our beginning divers off at our shallow training sites around the various islands.

dive training with male green turtle which lives in front of the TRACC camp.
Adult male green turtle. Many turtles are completely unafraid of divers or snorkellers

As training progresses (OW, Advanced, Scientific diving) you will experience many good but safe diving sites filled with clouds of fishes and amazing types of coral.   Pom Pom Island has many marine turtles, amazing biodiversity and some of the best visibility in the region.

We like all our divers at Pom Pom Island to become Advanced divers or equivalent so that they can experience the deeper walls & reefs where the reef restoration work is really making a difference.  We also include Scientific training for snorkellers or divers on a continuous basis.

If you want to snorkel, please –>  click here <–

Can you dive? –>Qualified divers Click here <—-

If you cannot dive see below for dive trainee courses.

Nurul Yazid biodiversity of pom pom island Sabah
Green turtles are common

Open water dive course

Open water dive training starts 1st & 3rd Mondays each month.

Most Popular packages  –

2 week at PP with OW dive training & science training = £1175
4 week at PP with OW & Advanced dive training & science training = £1675
6 weeks at PP with OW & Adv dive training, EFR & science training = £2000
8 weeks at PP with OW & Adv dive training, EFR & Rescue & science training =£2660
Most longer week trips are science project trips or preparation towards Dive master –please email info@tracc-borneo.org to discuss the best trip for you.

All prices include Courses, food, accommodation, boat travel, equipment & unlimited diving

please use Enquiry form or Email ;- info@tracc-borneo.org    or Deposit here

Please see why we do recommend EFR & Rescue.

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Odd weeks or other combinations are available.

Send us an info@tracc-borneo.org  (or use the booking form) with the dates you would like – (PLEASE BEFORE you book flights – Flight recommendations)

Bookings which start within 2 weeks – please email with URGENT and arrival date in subject line  and also sms to +60 198505412  – we are 8h ahead of London

(Please do not use facebook or social media or this website to communicate.) We don’t have instant internet and we are busy underwater & saving the ocean  – we deal with emails for immediate arrivals within a day or 2 but bookings 3 or more months away may take us till our weekly non diving day – if  you do not get a reply within 3-4 days please resend to remind us) info@tracc-borneo.org 

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Nurul Yazid biodiversity of pom pom island Sabah
blue spot ribbon tail ray

Qualified diver trip costs 2016

Qualified Divers with Openwater / Advanced diver or equivalent.

Open water trainees / beginning divers –>click here<–

Trips start any Monday at Pom Pom island.  Divers qualified to Advanced or above can start on Thursdays if space permits.

One dive course is included for each 2 weeks of stay. (discount applies if you do not need dive courses)
For dive courses please arrive on 1st or 3rd Monday in Month.
Underwater Science training is included in all trips. :-)

Qualified to Open water or equivalent

Have Open water or equivalent.  Trips start any Monday at Pom Pom Island.
If you want to do Advanced diver course please arrive on 1st, 2nd or 3rd Monday in Month

cuttlefish spawning tip of borneo by tracc volunteers
Odang with cuttlefish, note the scared red colur. Photo by Vicky

 Most popular

2 weeks at PP with advanced diver course & science training = £1175

4 weeks at PP with advanced diver & science training = £1515

6 weeks at PP, Advanced diver, EFR, Rescue & science training = £2050

8 weeks at PP, Advanced, EFR, Rescue & science training = £2500

All prices include Courses, food, accommodation, boat travel, equipment & unlimited diving

Most 8,10,12 week trips are science project trips or preparation towards Dive master – email to discuss the best trip for you.

please use Enquiry form or  info@tracc-borneo.org   or Pay here

Divers qualified to Advanced or higher.

Most Popular for advanced divers –
1 week at PP with Scientific dive training = £650
2 week at PP with Scientific dive training = £1015
4 week at PP with Scientific dive training = £1355
4 week at PP with EFR & Rescue & Scientific dive training = £1675
6 weeks at PP with EFR & Rescue & Scientific dive training = £1840
8 weeks at PP with EFR & Rescue & Scientific dive training = £2340

Robinsone Crusoe looing for Man Friday

Most 8,10,12 week trips are science project trips or preparation towards Dive master – info@tracc-borneo.org to discuss the best trip for you.

From any package subtract £160 if you do not need EFR and £320 if you don’t need EFR & Rescue.  Please see why we do recommend EFR & Rescue.

All prices include Courses, food, accommodation, boat travel, equipment & unlimited diving

please use Enquiry form or  info@tracc-borneo.org   or Pay here

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Odd weeks or other combinations are available for qualified diver.

Send us an  info@tracc-borneo.org (or use the enquiry form) with the dates you would like – (PLEASE BEFORE you book flights – Flight recommendations)

Bookings which start within 2 weeks – please email with URGENT and arrival date in subject line  and also sms to +60 198505412  – we are 8h ahead of London

(Please do not use facebook or social media or this website to communicate.) We don’t have instant internet and we are busy underwater & saving the ocean  – we deal with emails for immediate arrivals within a day or 2 but bookings 3 or more months away may take us till our weekly non diving day – if  you do not get a reply within 3-4 days please resend to remind us)  info@tracc-borneo.org

10b  Trainee divers

10c  Snorkelling costs

Send enquiry NOW      Email ;- info@tracc-borneo.org

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