Marine Conservation Training
Our oceans need saving! Join our 4 week Marine Conservation Training Course and you will become a qualified PADI Scuba Diver and also an ambassador for our oceans. Based at a Five Star PADI centre on the beautiful Pacific coast of Costa Rica, this 4 week course trains you up to become a PADI Advanced Open Water diver 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 an experienced PADI qualified diver
- 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!
At the end of your 4 weeks, you will be a qualified PADI Scuba diver and also have a deeper understanding of our oceasn and the conservation efforts required to protect them for generations to come!
- 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 Marine Conservation specialty
- PADI Nudibranch Awareness specialty
- PADI AWARE Shark
- Survey dives
- 24/7 emergency back-up
- Financial bonding
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- Duration: 4 weeks
- Departures: March, July, November