The Arabian Bamboo Sharks (Chiloscyllium arabicum) are very small and shy coral reef sharks classified under the IUCN Red List as Near Threatened. The Diving Workshop is comprised of a brief theoretical introduction to Bamboo sharks species, their biology, ecology, and their behaviors, followed by a set of four dives with the species. The participants will be able to identify different shark behaviors and make use of the shark diving techniques taught. These types of Diving Workshops are specially designed and oriented to increase the knowledge and environmental awareness of all divers interested in the conservation of our natural oceanic world. WORKSHOP OVERVIEW 26th to 27th January 2018 8 am to 5 pm The workshop activities are based on a variety of techniques and experiences, developed in the field of marine education and conservation, targeting the importance of sharks within the marine ecosystems. PROGRAMMES: Introduction to the sharks’ biology, ecology, and general behavior. Shark species ecology and conservation status (according to each local species selected for the workshop study). Shark data collection techniques (citizen-science cooperation). - Workshop Dives 1 and 2 (Briefings and Debriefings) Shark-human interaction recommendations. Shark incident standard procedures. - Workshop Dives 3 and 4 (Briefings and Debriefings) Final evaluations, certificates and farewell. WORKSHOP GOALS The purpose of each workshop is to introduce participants to sustainable shark diving techniques, as well as see the different ways each studied shark species allows us to interact with them. DIVERS WILL THEN BE ABLE TO: Recognise Arabian Bamboo Shark species; Make a quick assessment of each shark’s behaviour; Behave in a sustainable way underwater in balance with the studied shark species and its environment; Be aware of important shark traits; Know how to record vital shark information. ENROLMENT REQUIREMENTS If you have an environmental based interest in sharks, you will discover the value of these workshops in your future diving experiences. The Sharks Educational Institute team are run by two highly experienced shark diving experts, Fernando Reis and Manuela Domingues. Both are qualified to deal with any shark interactions, and to teach all ages how one should behave when dealing with sharks in their natural environment, following sustainable and respectful techniques.