Marine Scientist Training

Want to take your scuba diving into the world of Marine Conservation or Biology? Our 10 week Marine Scientist Training Course does just that. Based at a Five Star PADI centre on the beautiful Pacific coast of Costa Rica, this course trains you up to become a professional Divemaster whilst also teaching you practical marine science survey techniques. During the course you will be able to contribute to the ongoing reef surveys which collectively help monitor the health of the ocean, and in your spare time you can explore the country with its lakes, volcanoes, rainforests and endless beaches!


  • Become a professional PADI Divemaster
  • Learn Marine Conservation techniques
  • Contribute to international coral and fish surveys
  • Swim with turtles, rays, sharks, dolphins and even whales!
  • Try some optional activities such as surfing or ziplining

Week 1 – PADI Open Water and Advanced

On arrival in San Jose you will be met by our local staff and transferred to the laid back coastal town of Quepos on the Pacific Coast. During your first week you undertake both your Open Water and Advanced Open Water PADI dive training with experienced professional trainers from the dive school. An emphatic way to start your course!

Week 2: PADI Marine Conservation specialty and reef surveys

Armed with your new certifications, week two marks the beginning of your science training when you will learn different conservation and research techniques including fish and reef biology .You will also have the chance to put your new skills to the test this week as you help on one of the many reef surveys taking place in the local marine parks.

Week 3: PADI Nudibranch Awareness specialty and reef surveys

This week you will develop your science training further with Nudibranch awareness. Nudibranchs are some of the smallest most interesting inhabitants of the reef and you will learn about their different behaviours and identification of some local species. As part of this week you will head out onto the reef and complete dives looking for local nudibranch species, as well as continue with the reef surveys from the previous week.

Week 4: PADI AWARE Shark specialty and reef surveys

Always a favourite topic - sharks are crucial to marine ecosystems, yet are in a global decline. This course teaches you about the value of sharks and what is causing the rapid loss of shark populations. By the end of this week you will also complete your reef surveys and help input the date into the international database which collectively helps monitor the long term health of the reef and the marine life it supports!

Week 5: PADI EFR & Rescue

Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency is crucial to your dive progression and this week you will complete both your Emergency First Responder and Rescue certification. This training will complete your recreational dive training and prepare you for your first step into the world of being a professional diver!

Week 6 – 10: PADI Divemaster

The second half of your course, you will be working towards your Divemaster certification, the first professional dive qualification and an absolute must for all budding marine scientists. Your training during this phase will become much more hands-on as you learn to become a leader and take charge of activities. A large part of your training at this stage will include assisting with student divers as you develop your teaching skills. During this time you will also continue with the ongoing reef surveying and also complete two additional specialities: sponge ecology speciality and Juvenile Fish ecology.

At the end of your 10 weeks, you will have gained invaluable practical experience which you will be able to take forward with you in your chosen career path!

What's Included

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • San Jose Airport Pick up (flights excluded)
  • Local co-ordinators
  • Homestay accommodation including breakfast, dinner, Wi-Fi and laundry
  • PADI Open Water certification
  • PADI Advanced Open Water certification
  • PADI Emergency First Response certification
  • PADI Rescue Diver certification
  • PADI Dive Master certification
  • PADI Marine Conservation specialty
  • PADI Nudibranch Awareness specialty
  • PADI AWARE Shark
  • PADI sponge ecology speciality
  • PADI Juvenile Fish ecology
  • Survey dives
  • 24/7 emergency back-up
  • Financial bonding

After submitting this form, we will try and get back to you within 24 hours

Download Brochure

Or call us on 1-888-249-4533

View dates
  • Costa Rica
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Departures: March, July, November

Real Reviews

Click here to read over 100 real reviews about our programs on the independant service.