The group of 19 students from the University of Glamorgan, currently residing at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya island, got their skills on this weekend.
In Borneo as part of a module for their bachelor and master degrees, the students will be surveying the coral reefs and sea-grass beds near Gaya island.
The class of 2011 kicked off the survey last year and gather interesting stats about density and diversity of various forms of underwater life.
The class of 2012 will build on their work and survey the same spots again to see what has happened to the environment over the last year. The more data points are collected, the more insightful the University of Glamorgan research becomes.
Before they can start their surveying though, the students need particular skills; buoyancy being an important one.
Lead by resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann and his team of expert PADI Instructors, the students took to the depths of the TAR Park in Kota Kinabalu to hone their specific diving skills.
The skills session was followed by some fun diving, giving the Glamorgan Uni students the opportunity to enjoy a bit of the underwater life they will soon be studying in detail.