The International Year of the Reef

The International Year of the Reef 2018 is the third International Year of the Reef which aims to strengthen awareness globally about the value of, and threats to, coral reefs and associated Ecosystems. Today, we are faced for the first time with losing an entire ecosystem on which we depend.   If we succeed in saving coral reefs, we will not … Read More

Why You Shouldn’t Spoon Sharks

Stay up-to-date with this summary of the fourth week on our Bahamas Marine Conservation program in February 2017. Written by Rhiannon & Abi Our fourth week on Andros island has been a very productive one. With more and more volunteers becoming certified divers, we were able to dive almost every day; some of us even managing to dive twice on some … Read More

Gap year adventures in the bahamas

Ocean Shaggies in The Bahamas

Sitting in Jay’s bedroom writing this while doing knowledge reviews I realise it would be easy to make this blog melancholic, for three people left this week and will be sorely missed. But looking back over the week there were some truly amazing moments that I…

Looking Fresh In Our Androsia Shirts

Monday started with two dives in the morning to do some non-priority fish point outs. When we got back to camp we all did some serious cramming as our non-priority fish test was later on that afternoon. We all passed with flying colours so now we know almost every fish on the reef! We had our camp meeting to talk about the awesome week that had gone by and Victoria introduced us to a game called assassins where we each got given a place and item to ‘kill’ someone…

An Exciting Week Of Diving, Puppies, Dolphins And Good Food

Monday we started with two dives in the morning. In the afternoon we had our non priority fish lecture and we feel like we know all of the fish in the sea. After our camp meeting everyone relaxed and had an early night.
Tuesday morning there was two dives and after lunch we went to the Bahamas National Trust to set up for the spay and neuter clinic. When we returned we had a volleyball match which was fun for everyone. After playing volleyball, we had a beach clean and nobody found any money or any treasures…

Bahamas Marine Conservation Gap Year

They Pulled Out Her Hair!

The week began in great style at around 8pm on Saturday with a delicious barbecue followed by a camp fire on the beach where we all had a chance to get to know eachother. People from all around converged on Timmy’s bar that night, including locals and people from Autec Navy Base. For us new guys there was no better way of getting to know everybody than partying the night away, thus by sunrise we were all firm friends…

Fish Identification in The Bahamas

We Found Two MASSIVE Lion Fish

Monday was a fun day for Zara, Michaela, Nanna and Luke as they had the pleasure of seeing a Reef Shark, Hawksbill Turtle and a Southern Stingray all in one dive. Everyone else had a good dive but not as good as theirs. That afternoon we had a fish identification mock exam which we all did well apart from Ben who tried his best but might need some more revision.

Bahamas Volunteers on their gap year

Giants Of The Ocean

Monday began with everyone passing their Open Water, and Advanced Open Water courses to much celebration. Immediately, the Open Water Divers began on their Advanced certifications, in preparation for the survey and science in the upcoming weeks. We finished off the day with a visit to the Bahamas National Trust centre where we met Liz. Liz told us all the interesting places to visit on Andros, and about the wildlife to lookout for when walking in the bush, like cat size Iguanas, large snakes and Wild Hogs.

The Bahamas Gap Year Group April 2016

Have You Ever Played Coconut Shotput?

The weather this week was pretty average so we weren’t able to to dive unfortunately. We began the week by starting our Emergency First Responder course, which was very entertaining. On Tuesday we attempted to dive but ended up with people throwing up off the back off the boat, so we thought we were better off sticking to land-based activities…

Update from Bahamas Marine Conservation Program

Roaming along the river bank

Monday In the morning the most of us were happy to wake up without a hangover and more sleep, so there were smiles all around. For the first half of the day the beginners were briefed on how to assemble their dive gear for the first time. After they finished there session, they were thrilled to have learnt something new. … Read More