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MEXICO - Advanced Scuba and Conservation

Travel to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and join forces with the marine conservation expedition. Earn your PADI Advance Open Water and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty certificate while working on and monitoring the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef which is the second largest barrier reef in the world.

Duration: 28 Days (27 Nights) – Longer options available

Dates: See Dates tab below

Location: Akumal, Mexico

$2,575

Description

Experience Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in a tropical paradise with the opportunity to experience a new culture, food and way of life.
  • Learn about the Mesoamerican coral reef and how to identify the wildlife it supports.
  • Participate in monitoring dives that explore different sites along the coast.
  • See mega-fauna such as dolphins and sharks; snorkelling in cenotes or waterways.
  • Join in with community programmes which teach English and raise the environmental awareness of the local community.

 

NB: It is compulsory for Explorers attending this Experience to have their PADI Open Water certification. For non-divers wishing to attend, we can recommend local dive centers that will help you qualify before your intended start date.

 

A typical Advanced PADI and Marine Conservation Experience:

  • While your experience on the expedition will be rewarding, days can be long and tiring which you should be prepared for.
  • Depending on weather conditions, we aim for everyone to get into the water everyday to dive or snorkel but this is also dependent on the needs of our partners as there are conservation measures in place which will not require you to dive 5 days a week.
  • During your time in the water you will conduct underwater surveys after you complete your training.
  • Besides diving, you should expect to be involved in additional projects and activities. These include training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal, environmental education session or alternative income training depending on local and project needs. You will also be required to complete base duties.
  • While your living conditions will be basic, our base is located on a property a few hundred meters from the beach. When not working, you can take the opportunity to brush up on your knowledge of the reef and marine species, explore the nearby cities, cenotes, relax with your fellow volunteers or just take in the stunning sunsets that have to be seen to be believed.

Included

Experience Fee Includes:

  • 24-hour emergency phone and in-country support.
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts.
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated).
  • All necessary project equipment and materials.
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff.
  • Community work workshop.
  • Coral reef ecology.
  • First Aid & CPR training.
  • Live and work in a protected reserve surveying deserted reefs under GVI’s research permit.
  • Location orientation.
  • Long term experienced staff.
  • Meals while on project.
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality.
  • PADI Open Water (for 8 and 12 week volunteers) and Advanced Open Water.
  • Real hands on experience and learn about the challenges marine conservation has in this region.
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared).
  • Transfer to base location.
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop.
  • Welcome meeting.

 

Experience Fee Excludes:

  • Additional drinks and gratuities.
  • Extra local excursions.
  • Flights.
  • International and domestic airport taxes.
  • Medical and travel insurance.
  • Personal dive kit, e.g. mask, fins, wetsuit, timer, DSMB and reel, slate, etc.
  • Personal kit.
  • Police or background check (where necessary).
  • Some equipment is not included.
  • Visa costs.

Dates

  • 12 January – 08 February 2019
  • 09 February – 08 March 2019
  • 09 March – 05 April 2019
  • 06 April – 03 May 2019
  • 04 May – 31 May 2019
  • 01 June – 28 June 2019
  • 29 June – 26 July 2019
  • 27 July – 23 August 2019
  • 24 August – 20 September 2019
  • 21 September – 18 October 2019
  • 19 October – 15 November 2019
  • 11 January – 07 February 2020
  • 08 February – 06 March 2020
  • 07 March – 03 April 2020
  • 04 April – 01 May 2020
  • 02 May – 29 May 2020
  • 30 May – 26 June 2020
  • 27 June – 24 July 2020
  • 25 July – 21 August 2020
  • 22 August – 18 September 2020
  • 19 September – 16 October 2020
  • 17 October – 13 November 2020
  • 14 November – 11 December 2020

Documents Required

  • Personal Details – Name, Surname, Date of Birth, Nationality.
  • PADI Open Water Certification.
  • PADI Medical Form.
  • Medical Form – to be signed by doctor if volunteer has illnesses to declare.
  • Clear criminal background check.

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