For the month of September, 5 Reef Safari (Fiji) staff underwent training on guidelines for water sports activities and snorkeling. The training was held on South Sea Island (SSI) and lasted 2 days. Topics covered were basic coral reef biology, threats and pressures to coral reefs in the Mamanucas and possible solutions to these current pressures. Also included were brain storming sessions where participants come up with new ideas that will assist their departments to improve their current approach in handling and taking care of their marine environment.

The practical portion of the training required participants to enact a basic briefing to tourists and guests before engaging in any water sports activity or snorkeling. On day 2 of the training, Marcus King (a Reef Safari diver) had the 1st go at briefing tourists before they snorkelled the SSI house reef. It was a job well done!

After the training, participants said that they have a better understanding of their marine environment and how to effectively pass this knowledge to their guests and tourists through proper briefing methods. They now look forward to putting into practice what they had learnt from the training.

On the list for this month’s training are Sonaisali and Tavarua Island Resort staff.