Seychelles Marine Conservation

Gapforce program

Get your PADI Advanced Open Water and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver qualifications and live the island life in the Seychelles while contributing to the conservation of the marine ecosystem.

Your participation in marine species research will contribute towards providing data to the local government on various conservation initiatives.

Suitable for: Adventure Travel & Marine Conservation


  • Develop valuable skills needed for a career in conservation 
  • Earn your PADI Advanced Open Water certification
  • Learn how to identify fish and coral in the Indian Ocean
  • Dive in clear blue waters and spot dolphins, fish and coral 
  • Sharpen your skills by taking extra dive courses with local dive shops (optional)

The Project:

Interns will be PADI dive trained in order to effectively complete necessary data collection on the coral reef without causing any damage. Upon completion of this internship, you will receive your PADI Advanced Open Water and the unique speciality PADI Coral Reef Researcher.

All data collected is passed on to local authorities in order that they may implement new protection policies to ensure long term survival of the marine ecosystem in the Seychelles.  You could also expect to participate in dives against debris, community outreach activities and environmental education classes. 

You could also expect to be involved in crown-of-thorns starfish removal and data collection on mega fauna as well as coral, fish and invertebrates. 

This program includes an optional Marine Conservation online course which must be completed in order to obtain a certificate offered in partnership with the University of Richmond in the United States.

Life on the base:

The project base is located in Baie Ternay Marine National Park, a 3-minute walk from the beach. The building is an eco-friendly research base with classrooms for presentations, a recreation room to relax after a day of diving, giant hammocks for more relaxation, and a large grassy area for volleyball, with benches for eating or studying. Life on base is like a big family and we share cooking and tidying duties on a rotation basis.

Based in a protected natural reserve means that signal does not cover the entire area. There are spots with good phone cover and we have a phone on base for emergencies. For high speed connectivity, our participants travel to Victoria’s many internet cafes.

Daily Life:

Participants are expected to remain flexible as project work changes based on weather as well as needs of our project partners. 

Estimated schedule:

  • 5 or 6am:         Wake up call
  • 6 - 10 am:         First Dive
  • 12pm:               Lunch
  • 1pm - 4pm:      Second Dive 
  • 6pm:                 Dinner 
  • 9pm:                 Bed Time

Participants can expect to complete 1-2 dives OR snorkels per day. 

What is included?

  • Comprehensive pre-departure support;
  • Local coordinators supervising throughout the program;
  • Airport transfers;
  • Welcome and safety briefing;
  • Accommodation;
  • 3 meals a day;
  • 24/7 UK emergency backup

What is not included?

  • Flights to and from destination
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa and Vaccinations
  • Spending money
  • Additional excursions/activities

Who can apply?

You'll spend the majority of your time on this expedition scuba diving and as such you need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water, or equivalent before joining the program.

Who takes part in this program?

The program is designed for those with a passion for diving and marine conservation who wish to help protect some of Africa’s most iconic species.  You must be 18 and have passion, enthusiasm and a willingness to get stuck-in!

Who will be supervising me?

Throughout the volunteering program you will be supervised by the friendly and knowledgeable members of the island conservation team. Our coordinators are highly experienced and experts in their field. They will provide 360 degree support and facilitate participants for their entire duration on the program.

What are weekends like?

Weekends are free for relaxing or independent exploration. There are a number of excitings ways to keep yourself busy over the weekend. This includes visits to Victoria City, only an hour away from the project site, island hopping, water sports or a hike up Cap Matoopa - a local peak with stunning views!

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  • Seychelles
  • Duration: 2 to 12 weeks
  • Departures: Every month

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