PictureGo Eco Phuket teaches local Thais
Go Eco Phuket was never about only cleaning up the reefs and bays around Phuket. From the beginning we also wanted to make a difference to PREVENT debris on our reefs and in our bays, and to improve the water quality around Phuket to allow our reefs to flourish in a healthy state. 
This means Education. 

Thankfully with numerous high-profile Reef & Beach Clean-Ups and consistent support from our member Dive Centres we have been able to raise awareness to the problems that Phuket faces. Most notably the Thai authorities in charge of Phuket's water areas have started to listen and when we said that we wanted to reach out to the local Thais and to educate for the good of Phuket's future we got the go-ahead! Even better, we got their support and from all this, Go Eco Phuket Camp was born!

From November 19th to November 24th a group of local Thais and expats were encouraged to join the Go Eco Phuket Boot Camp which was designed for applicants to receive their full PADI Open Water Course and to learn about the conservation of our marine resources. 

Vice-Governor Sommai Preechasil officially launched the project and expressed official thanks to Go Eco Phuket for organising beach and underwater clean-ups throughout the year that often involved hundreds of people on land and in the sea, collecting garbage. "To collect garbage from underwater has never been done before," she said. "I am glad that Go Eco has started these innovative and generous programmes. It is a good example of activities that give back to society".

So well done to everybody who got involved in this terrific project. All of those involved had a wonderful day and learned a lot. Special thanks to All 4 Diving for providing their swimming pool facilities free of charge to participants and to all dive centres who got involved, all in support of Go Eco Phuket and educating Phuket locals and visitors to make for a better, cleaner Phuket.