Marine Conservation Programs and internships
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 to offer training and certification in a number of unique marine conservation programs and internships. From Summer 2019 we are also offering coral rehabilitation programs in partnership with the non-profit Marine Conservation Costa Rica. Come join us in exploring the underwater world!
Marine Conservation Internships
If you are looking for something different and don’t want to pursue a professional scuba diving career, then we offer marine conservation internships that can be customized to you.
You can complete either a 2 week or 4 week program where first, you will complete the marine conservation and research certification. After that, you can will complete a number of surveys on the reef, either Fish surveys, coral surveys or a program of you choice You will also complete some of our distinctive specialties depending on where your interests are.
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 Marine Conservation and Research as well as 1 – 3 of our distinctive certifications depending on your time here.. We are the only facility on the world to offer these certifications.
With the partnership with non-profit Marine conservation Costa Rica we are also assisting on their coral rehabilitation program. This can be integrated into the 2 or 4 week program. To take part in that you would need at least an advanced certification as a pre-requisite.
There is also the opportunity to take part in some of our non-diving activities including school and community programs depending on what time of year you are here. Also our whale survey program if you are here during the season.
2 week program
This shorter program consists of the Marine conservation & research certification, followed by 8 days, working with the non-profit marine conservation costa rica, focusing on your subject of choice. It also includes one of our distinctive specialties, either sponge ecology, nudibranch awareness, humpback conservation or juvenile fish ecology. You will dive during that time and take part in surveys and research. This is a total of at least 16 dives around the Manuel Antonio National Park here in Costa Rica. It is great opportunity for you to spend some time gaining valuable experience in the diving and marine conservation field.
$1659 with Coral rehabilitation
4 week program
The 4 week program starts with your Marine research and conservation program, followed by 5- 6 days a week working with our non-profit. During that time you will be diving as well as recording data and assisting with other projects. You can perform fish surveys and reports, coral watch surveys or invertebrate studies. You will then participate in three of our distinctive specialties over your time there. With so much area to explore you can really have a good opportunity to focus on something that interests you the most.
You will be diving approximately 4-5 times a week, a 2 tank dive on each trip.
This can be combined with the coral rehabilitation program.