Meet the mightiest builders on Earth and get to know why corals need our help through the new educational kids comic, ‘Coral Heroes’. Illustrated by Bernhard Speh and published by SECORE International, readers join the coral kids ‘Al’, ‘Samy’, ‘Jo’ and ‘Bran’, as well as the unique ‘Doc Kraken’ through two lovingly drawn tales – one of reef ecology and the other of a mystic night dive.
The comic’s aim is to equip children and teenagers with knowledge about coral reefs and why they are threatened, potentially setting the premise and foundation for a future generation of decision makers, practitioners, conservationists and environmentally conscientious citizens. “We want to spread the word how precious coral reefs are, what a wonderful underwater world they thrive in and how fragile their status is these days,” says Dirk Petersen, founder and Executive Director of SECORE. “Giving coral reefs a future, the claim of our organisation, includes reaching out to the young generation; the ones that will see if our joint efforts will eventually be successful.” The comic magazine Coral Heroes aims at educating kids on coral reef ecology, mainly addressing ages 8 to 12 years, whilst having fun!
The award winning illustrator, Bernhard Speh, who brilliantly brought Coral Heroes into life has explored many coral reefs as a diver himself: “I am enthralled by the colorful and often bizarre inhabitants of the diverse coral community. They are alive with inspirations and stories, which we just have to marvel at. The more I get to know about this spectacular and also fragile underwater world, the more fascinated I am.”
Coral Heroes can be downloaded at http://www.secore.org and is freely available for any institutional education purposes, or just for fun. So far, an English and a German version of the comic has been produced. Both can be downloaded via the links below:
All kinds of teachers, zoo or aquarium tutors, scoutmasters and others are invited to use Coral Heroes. An additional presentation about coral reef ecology can also be provided as a helpful background resource for compiling a lively lecture about coral reefs.
I hope you enjoy reading and learning from this comic as much as I did.
See you underwater!
Learning to dive is a thrilling yet somewhat daunting experience. After all, resisting our basic survival instincts to complete entry-level skills such as breathing underwater, mask removal/replacement and basic buoyancy can be quite challenging.
Predicting whether or not student’s will conquer initial fears or even enjoy diving thereafter is difficult, and often part of the reason for them not committing to a full scuba course. Of course, time, money or perceived complexity of the equipment also play a factor. But all of this can change!
Imagine not having to complete so much pre-dive theory or wear such heavy equipment. You simply strap on a harness and go snorkelling – but with a SCUBA regulator! Almost the same experience is offered, but without the complexities, weight or stress and in a completely safe and secure environment. Perfect right?
Depending on the dive center and surrounding water conditions, STEPDive can be offered in many cases as an excellent intermediary program; especially for families who want a shared underwater experience. With STEPDive’s unique and patent pending Variable Depth Control, instructors and students can have full confidence knowing that:
- Everyone begins on the surface and as divers grow in confidence, can progressively go deeper;
- Divers practice the same introductory dive skills (signals, breathing rules, equalisation techniques, regulator and mask clearing, etc);
- Students are depth limited (STEPDive is fully adjustable between 0 – 5m); and
- Even students younger than 8 can give it a try (but only at the surface – see Children and Diving: Are they ready? for more information).
So whether you’re a potential diver wishing to make an informed decision about a full certification course, or a business owner who is keen to streamline their shop’s discover experience, see how STEPDive could work for you.
See you underwater!
The annual DEMA Show is the largest trade-only event in the world for companies doing business in the scuba diving, ocean water sports and adventure/dive travel industries. It attracts hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of dive and travel industry professionals from around the world each year.
STEPDive was proud to be an exhibitor this year, with much interest generated by our product.
Several articles have since been written and if you’d like to check them out, please visit the following links: