Divemaster training with marine conservation

Project name:

Indo Ocean Project (2)

Project purpose:

Divemaster. Reef sharks, Eagle rays, Macro life, Seahorses, Turtles, Coral and mangrove conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • scuba diving

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

473

Marine

Indonesia (Bunaken)

South-East Asia

Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification and/or credit

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes work

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

Accommodation:

Living colours 5 star PADI dive resort/ Lorenso's cottage

When does the project run?

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, cooking facilities, refillable drinking water, hot and cold showers, wifi, mosquito nets, cooking facilities, limited electricity and wifi (encouraged to bring an unlocked mobile to buy SIM data), nearby medical facilities, local shops

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

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

This is a Dive Master internship program with a focus on marine conservation and research techniques. The program is a minimum commitment of 8 weeks and includes 5 specialty certifications in the marine ecology field including shark, manta, turtles, coral, and marine ecology. The project runs every day but interns work 5 days per week for an average of 7 hours per day plus independent study time. Our interns take an active part in the research aspects often part of the project development and independent operation of field research (after training). We currently host 9 projects focused on aiding the marine park managers and other stake holders. We are currently publishing papers for peer review on the use of citizen science in monitoring marine parks.


There are 3 projects:

The Penida Project - mantas, mola mola, turtles, and a healthy coral reef system. This project is located on the island of Nusa Penida, a 45 minute ferry ride from south Bali. 
2) The Bunaken Project - opening June 1st 2019. Wall diving, reef sharks, turtles, and amazing macro life (sea horses!). This remote program also includes 3 meals per day plus snacks! Located in the Bunaken National Park off the Northern coast of Sulawesi, 40 minute boat ride from the city of Manado.
3) The Bira Project - opening October 2019. Sharks sharks sharks! This is our most remote location with pristine waters and famous for the best shark populations in Indonesia. Help us keep it that way with the development and management of a marine protect area. Opening soon!

The price of the program covers accommodation, the dive master certification, 5 specialty courses, in country transportation, and more. There are different packages for different projects and the price varies depending on which package you qualify for, the more dive courses you are missing the longer you need to stay and the more expensive your program is to cover the associated costs.

*The weekly cost of this project is calculated with the 'research diver' option

 

Typical Day

The project runs 7 days a week and all interns are entitled to 2 day off per week or 8 days off per month. These days can be accumulated if you require a few days off in a row. 

Your first few weeks are dedicated to dive, methodology, and fish ID training and workshops. Once you are trained and have successfully complete your BRUV research diver and Fish ID test you will take part in the daily research tasks.  

The average day starts at 7am and continues until 5pm with variations to accommodate sunrise rise, night dives, night shifts, and other activities. Expect to work an average of 6 hours total throughout the day. 

1) Dive Master’s and Dive Guides – learning how to guide certified divers and learn the different dive sites.

2) Instructors – assisting courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Rescue Diver in the pool, classroom, and open water.

3) Research Team – Take an active role in the research team as a research diver and field scientist collecting abundance data on dives and placing and retrieving the BRUV’s.

4) Office Time/Workshops – Help the dive team in the office with equipment maintance and repair, sales and bookings, data entry and analysis, independent study, project development, and dive master workshops.

Workshops

  • survey diver

  • shark ecology

  • manta ray conservation

  • mangrove workshop

  • nudibranchs workshop

  • coral restoration and taxonomy

  • cleaning station

DIVE MASTER $2982

Description: For advanced divers who have completed most of their diver training before program start date.

Prerequisites: For candidates who have completed their Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, CPR/First Air & O2 Provider courses prior to their program start date. Have a minimum of 40 logged dives and have been cleared for diving by a doctor.

Courses Included: PADI/SSI Dive Master, Scientific Diver Specialty, Shark Ecology, Manta Conservation, Coral Restoration & Identification, Turtle Conservation

*Minimum Time Commitment: 8 weeks

RESCUER $3824

Description: For experienced divers who need to complete their rescue skills during their program.

Prerequisites: For candidates who have completed their Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver courses prior to their program start date. Have a minimum of 20 logged dives and have been cleared for diving by a doctor.

Courses Included: Rescue Diver, EFR CPR/First Air & Oxygen Provider, PADI/SSI Dive Master, Scientific Diver Specialty, Shark Ecology, Manta Conservation, Coral Restoration & Identification, Turtle Conservation

*Minimum Time Commitment: 10 weeks

 

ADVANCED $4315

Description: For divers with beginner knowledge and experience who have completed their first diving course with a few extra dives.

Prerequisites: For candidates who have completed their Open Water Diver training prior to their program start date and have been cleared for diving by a doctor.

Course Included: Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, EFR CPR/First Air & Oxygen Provider, PADI/SSI Dive Master, Scientific Diver Specialty, Shark Ecology, Manta Conservation, Coral Restoration & Identification, Turtle Conservation

*Minimum Time Commitment: 12 weeks

 

BEGINNER (ZERO TO HERO) $5183 

Description: For applicants who have no previous diving experience and need to complete all the required prerequisites to complete your Dive Master certification.

Prerequisites: Comfortable in the open water, can complete a timed 400m free swim and tread water for 15 minutes, have been cleared for diving by a doctor.

Course Included: Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, EFR CPR/First Air & Oxygen Provider, PADI/SSI Dive Master, Scientific Diver Specialty, Shark Ecology, Manta Conservation, Coral Restoration & Identification, Turtle Conservation

*Minimum Time Commitment: 14 weeks

 

RESEARCH DIVER $1894

 

Description: For divers who do not want to complete the dive master course and just focus on conservation and research activities and courses.

Prerequisites: For candidates who have a minimum of Rescue Diver certification. Have a minimum of 60 logged dives and have been cleared for diving by a doctor. You must be a competent diver before entering this program.

Courses Included: Scientific Diver Speciality, Shark Ecology, Manta Conservation, Coral Restoration & Identification, Turtle Conservation

*Minimum Time Commitment: 4 weeks

 

**Additional Weeks: $263 /week up to a maximum 4 add on weeks

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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

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