The TRACC Certificate of Advanced Marine science course will start Thurs 19th September in Kota KInabalu Malaysia. This very practical course includes 2 diving certificates and is suitable for all and does not require any prior knowledge.
We regret we will not be offering the Cambridge A level Marine science course in August 2013. The Cambridge exam board are not offering the exam in November 2013 so the advertised Aug to Nov course will not terminate in a CIE examination.
TRACC will still teach the same course BUT the exam will be in December 2013 and will be examined by an independent examiner from a UK University Marine Science Laboratory and the Course certificate will be a TRACC Certificate of Advanced Marine science. The course content is identical to the CIE A level but develops more practical skills so it is more comprehensive than the Cambridge A level.
The TRACC Certificate of Advanced Marine science course will start Thurs 19th September in Kota KInabalu.
To book your place on the course, contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org
The TRACC exams will be mon 8th to Thurs 12th Dec in Kota Kinabalu (one (1.5h) exam @1500h each day). The course will finish on Thurs 12th Dec.
If you do the TRACC course from Sept to Dec you can consider the TRACC Dec exam a practice for the CIE exam. By May/June you would be excellently prepared to take the Cambridge exam in May/June 2014 BUT you will need to find an examination centre that is convenient to where you will be located. The exam can apparently be done in many places around the world but since the 4 exams are spread over a month, the location needs to be close to where you live otherwise the travel cost becomes prohibitive. We have a set of revision guides which you can use just prior to the CIE exams.
We are offering the Cambridge marine science A level in Feb 2014 for the May/june 2014 CIE exam to be taken in Kota Kinabalu.
We are working towards getting the TRACC course endorsed by a local University at which point it would become a weightier qualification similar to this one from Duke University. That however, is still in the discussion stages. The certificate from Duke is actually 6 undergraduate level courses so is obviously covering more information but is also much more expensive. We are aiming for the TRACC A level Marine science course to become one of these 6 courses.
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More Information on the Advanced level Marine Science Course
You may have heard that there was an INVASION, WAR or TERRORIST attack on Sabah. All these are untrue, the sources are out of date! And over dramatizing the situation…
In early Feb 2013 about 200 Filipinos landed on the East coast of Sabah, told a bermused village to leave and declared that Sabah belonged to them. Their claim goes back before the 2nd world war.. An invasion force of 2-300 against the Malaysian army of many 1000′s with tanks, planes and submarines!! It was ridiculous, the whole thing was considered to be a political stunt just before the Malaysian election.
People were describing it as “Lahad Datu” because basically that was the closest place with a name… The Filipinos landed 150km from LD, in a village 3 hours down the dirt the wrong side of Tabin wildlife reserve! About 350km from Semporna. The Malaysian government never stopped anybody from going to LD, or the buses from going through it or anything, which they would have done if there had been the slightest risk. The government here is almost cripplingly cautious about white people. All our volunteers and staff were on the island throughout the incident. We are still there, there is no risk and all the resorts are operating normally.
I think the last “incident” was at the beginning of March 2013. The Filipinos are all in jail in KK sentenced with invading. The villagers are all back in their village (they didn’t take any hostages). The only noticeable difference is that there are extra security patrols in the area, which has to be a good thing.
Things are sufficiently back to normal for the parliaments to have been dissolved in order that we can have a general election on 5th May…
Our professional opinion is that it has never been safer to be in this part of the world, come and visit and enjoy your vacation.
We accept divers with qualifications from any agency but we normally teach the PADI dive courses.
PADI OPEN WATER DIVER
This is the first complete PADI SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) diving course that takes you from total beginner to becoming a certified diver. This certification allows you to go diving with somebody with at least your level of training or higher in conditions similar or better than that in which you were trained.
OW divers are restricted to going no deeper than 18 meter's, 60 feet. The advanced course teaches you more about deep diving.
This then allows you to explore, relax, meet a whole new social circle that allows you to travel anywhere in the world, knowing that you will have fun and meet like-minded people. You will see or experience something wonderful, on a far too regular basis, trust us! Diving really adds a third dimension to your life!
What Is the PADI Open Water Certification?
After you successfully complete all portions of the PADI Open Water Diver course you are awarded a certification card. The certification does not expire. However if you have not been diving for a while, you should participate in the PADI Scuba review program.
Is there a swim test? How old must I be?
You do not need to be an Olympic swimmer to complete the course but yes there is a swim test. By the end of the course you must complete either a 200-meter swim or 300 meter snorkel. This swim has no time limit and you may swim in any stroke you like. There is also a 10 minute survival float test. You must be 10 or older. You should be in reasonably good health.. For those under 15 you will be awarded the Junior Open Water Diver rating. This is exactly the same course but an adult must accompany the junior diver until reaching 15 years old. The certification can then be upgraded.
We require you to complete the PADI medical statement (or provide a diving medical from a GP) before we can take you into the Open Water environment to make sure that you are fit and healthy for diving.
The course is divided into three segments:
1. Knowledge Development
There are five sections to go through. This starts by you reading in your own time a section of the book, then completing the Knowledge reviews. The class meets and your instructor will go through the Knowledge review you have completed. Then you will watch a PADI video followed by an Instructor talking through the information already given. Then you are given a 10-question quiz to make sure you understood everything. This is the same for all five sections except on the last section you will be given a 50-question test. The pass mark is 75% or higher. If you have reading or language difficulties the test can be oral.
Special help is at hand to make sure younger students or students with less English understand everything.
2. Confined Water Training
This is where you will learn the skills to dive safely. There are five confined modules usually spread over 2 confined water dives each conducted in sheltered conditions and you will have your first experience of how wonderful diving is on the house reef. The fun has started.
3. Open Water Dives
Four Open Water dives are required for OW certification. In this part you must demonstrate your ability to perform the skills you learnt in the Confined water training sessions. The first 2 Open Water dives are conducted on the house reef and then we often take students on 2 boat dives to the other reefs around the island. The OW course usually takes 4 days and then experience dives take a further 2 days. We will gradually increase the skills so that you can comfortably help with the UW aspects of the conservation work we do. If you are staying for 4 weeks or more you will do an advanced diver course to further improve your skills and diving qualifications.
After you arrive on the island you will receive all materials including the PADI Openwater Crewpak or PADI eLearning Pass. You should then in your own time read Manual and complete the knowledge reviews in the manual before attending the first academic session.
This course includes all course materials and certification. Dive equipment including wet suits and four open water dives. We then do many many more dives to gradually build up your skill. The dives after your course are often with your instructor but are always with a qualified diving leader or divemaster.
Several of our volunteers arrive with the confined ow and theory already completed. We will complete the course as part of the first 2 week package.
Open Water Dives
The cost is included with your TRACC volunteer package (except for short trips which are only for qualified divers). The visits to TRACC all include all dives, rental of scuba equipment including a wetsuit. We recommend you purchase your own fins, boots, gardening gloves, mask and snorkel for personal fit and hygiene.
To Book the PADI Open Water Course
The PADI OW course is included in all the 14 day or longer visits to TRACC. please see Booking a trip
Lots of our volunteers are looking at a two location trip to make a trip to visit TRACC the diving vacation & conservation experience of a lifetime. Once you have decided please read how to Book a trip
Compare the locations
Lang Tengah island (Pulau Lang Tengah) costs more but has resort accommodation (Sari Pacifica Resort) and has more sharks & larger fish numbers. Most suitable for couples who want some conservation during a holiday at a nice resort or for volunteers who only have two weeks. PLT is much more expensive than PP for trips over 2 weeks.
Pom Pom island is a cheaper expedition with more conservation activities and science, it has more turtles and more species of all sorts. More suitable for Marine science courses, research studies or longer visits.
Travel to Lang Tengah is from Kuala Lumpur
The boat leaves from Merang Jetty which is a short taxi ride from Terenggannu.
see getting to Terenggannau – Travel to Lang Tengah
on departure from PLT you can bus or fly back to KL
to get to Pulau Pom Pom
Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau – SEE How to get to Pom Pom
The driver will collect you from the airport and take you to Semporna
Stay overnight in the city Inn
Catch the boat the next day to Pom Pom
It is possible to get from Lang Tengah to Semporna in 1 day (Fly Terrengannu to LCCT @KLIA with Air asia and then fly Air asia to Tawau.) but we recommend a day in KL or a few days at the amazing Taman Negara National Park in Peninsular (West Malaysia). How to get to Taman Negara.
TRACC school of Marine Science offers several marine science and marine biology courses. The advanced level Marine Science course is a 12 week residential course leading to an international exam and certificate. This Cambridge A Level course can be used for self improvement, to change career or to gain credits for a university or college course.
This is a selection of the comments we have gathered from the social media used by the students.
It is not all study. This is what the beach looks like when we are not digging to find marine life
Tracc has vacancies for divemaster trainees and divemaster interns throughout the year. If you are interested in Conservation opportunities and want to become a dive master please contact us. We also accept qualified dive masters to want to increase their skills of marine life identification, marine biology, ocean science and boat handling.
Typical dive master trainees have Rescue diver and EFR, A few Advanced divers do these courses with us before starting the Dive master internship. We only have 2 Internships available at any time.
The sponsored dive master course costs rm3000 (US$975) and takes 12 weeks. Food, accommodation and diving included. By the end you will have mastered leadership, safety and all the DM skills plus a deep understanding of marine life behaviour and ecology.
Tracc has been working on Pom Pom Island for nearly 12 months and has made significant improvements, Large bottle reefs have been planted, these remove trash bottles from the beaches and plant them in rubble areas to provide habitat for fish and other marine life. The fish populations have also improved, giant barracuda and giant trevally are seen regularly, black tip reef sharks now visit the deep reef when the current is strong and the sweetlips and snappers are definitely growing.
TRACC conducted Reefcheck and GCRMN fish surveys in Nov 2011 and again in Nov & dec 2012 and the results are encouraging. There are definitely more butterfly fish at all the survey sites.
more to come
Tracc has a limited number of marine conservation opportunities for 2013.
We normally choose interns from volunteers who have been with TRACC for 8 weeks. The volunteers who are selected have normally reached rescue diver and are keen, enthisiastic and committed. The internship is usually 12 weeks. The interns devide into two groups diving interns who do their PADI dive master course during their stay and science interns who do a research project, science lectures and generally improve their chances of getting a marine science job in the future. All interns learn how to teach, give instructions, operate compressors, drive boats and much more.
Most of our interns and permanent staff positions come from our volunteers but for 2013 we have opportunties for marine science graduates with a diving qualification to become part of the team.
Does work on a tropical paradise sound like fun!
Science Staff – Science officer
Dive Crew – Instructors – Dive Masters – Dive master trainees
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