PADI Divemaster course focusing on reef ecology and species identification

Project name:

Hoga Island Marine Station (2)

Project purpose:

Take your first step into the world of professional diving by completing your PADI Divemaster in the heart of the Coral Triangle. You will get the opportunity to increase your knowledge of coral reef ecology and Indo-Pacific species identification and stand out from the crowd.

Project activities:

  • scuba diving
  • teaching (reef ecology training)

Marine

Indonesia

South-East Asia

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

402

Direct benefits you gain:

  • gain a qualification or credit
  • transferable skills in marine conservation

Noteworthy conservation points:


Accommodation:

Single or Shared wooden huts with Indonesian-style "mandi" (bathroom)

Requirements:

  • 18 years of age
  • PADI Rescue Diver with 40 logged dives (can be achieved on-site)
  • Medical clearance for diving prior to arrival
  • PADI Divemaster Crewpak
  • Own dive computer and wetsuit; full gear preferrable

Facilities:

accommodation included
food included
electricity
refillable drinking water
shower (bucket)
toilet (western)

Electricity is from a generator between 18:00 and 22:30 every day. All huts have electrical points for charging. The project has local cooks who prepare all meals, while water for bucket showers and flushing is brought from a well on the neighbouring island. Accommodation and lifestyle is basic but comfortable! No WiFi but 4G signal is generally good and data packages are reasonable on local sim cards.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Remote, idyllic setting - perfect for those looking to avoid the tourist crowds. Superb diving on incredibly diverse reefs, where you will learn the skills to be a Divemaster with a difference. Increasing your knowledge of reef ecology will allow you to impart this to guests in the future and provide a holistic and informative dive experience.

How long can I stay?

minimum 4 weeks commitment, maximum 6 months (Discounts available for longer stays)

When does the project run?

February - May / August to December

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Reviews & ratings

Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

This will not be the last Innoexpedition I go on. And I will keep supporting Innoceana and promoting all the work it is doing.

Volunteer

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Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

Volunteer

An Experience of a Lifetime