Marine Conservation Programs

Want to take your scuba diving into the world of Marine conservation or Biology? We are pleased to announce that we are the only center in central America offering training and certification in Marine conservation and research techniques so come join us in exploring the underwater world!

This certification can be completed as a stand alone certification or as part of your ECO divemaster internship.

The purpose of the PADI Marine Conservation Research Diver Specialty Course is to teach certified divers about conservation biology and conserving the underwater world. In addition to that, it covers how to undertake scientific surveys and studies and produce a report from your findings.

marine conservation and research in Costa Rica

What does the course cover ?

  • What is conversation biology ?
  • Fish biology and fish ID
  • Coral reef ecology and ID
  • Marine Invertebrate ecology and ID
  • Survey techniques
  • Report writing
  • 4 training dives that cover research and survey techniques

By the end of the program, participants will be able to conduct and set up their own surveys and studies, recording and analyzing their results.  A great way to get started or to complement your venture into the scientific and conservation field and the underwater world.

Marine Conservation Programs

If you are looking for something different and don’t want to pursue a professional scuba diving career, then we have a couple of options with our marine conservation and research certification.
You can complete either a 2 week or 4 week program where first, you will complete the marine conservation and research certification, after which, you can focus either on Fish surveys, coral surveys or a program of you choice over the following days or weeks. We offer this as either a 2 week or 4 week program with a prerequisite of the PADI open water certification or equivalent. Both include certification in AWARE fish identification and Marine Conservation and Research. We are the only facility on the world to offer this certification

2 week program

This shorter program consists of the Marine conservation & research certification, followed by 8 days of diving focusing on your subject of choice. This is a total of 20 dives around the Manuel Antonio National Park here in Costa Rica has never been studied, so it is great opportunity for you to spend some time gaining valuable experience in the diving and marine conservation field.


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4 week program

The 4 week program starts with your Marine research and conservation program, followed by 6 days a week of diving. During this time you can perform fish surveys and reports, coral watch surveys or invertebrate studies. With so much area to explore you can really have a good opportunity to focus on something that interests you the most. Total of 46 dives


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