Nicole Helgason is a coral educator dedicated to teaching people about coral diversity.
Nicole started scuba diving in 2006, and as a stroke of luck or destiny her very first dive was at a coral restoration project. Being an avid gardener on land before learning to dive she became obsessed with the idea that you could grow corals underwater just like a garden. After this first dive she knew that is what she needed to do with her life.
Nicole started working as a dive professional in 2007 and being in love with coral she continued to notice recreational and professional divers pay very little attention to coral diversity. After years of diving and searching for information online about coral diversity she founded the website www.ReefDivers.io as an outlet for scuba divers to seek advice and reference coral diversity in a fun engaging format.
My first dive was in 2006. I was scared at first, but then I never looked back. By the next year, I became a certified PADI dive instructor and have been working in the dive industry ever since.
She has written a Guide to Caribbean Corals and currently working on a Guide for Indo-Pacific Corals. Nicole can be seen giving presentations at conference and dive centers around the world about her coral identification guides.
Nicole is interested in working with professional divers, and dive centers who want to learn more about coral diversity through workshops and training. As well as providing tools for instructors and divemasters to share this knowledge with dive guests.
Nicole is interested to help dive centers and hotels design coral restoration projects that benefit the environment while getting scuba divers involved in coral conservation and coral identification.
Feel free to contact Nicole with questions about coral identification and how you can inspire scuba divers to take a closer look at coral diversity.