MEXICO - Scuba and Conservation

Spend your spring break learning to scuba dive and gaining skills in marine conservation on the world’s second largest reef, Mesoamerican. The area is full of marine diversity including sea turtles, tropic fish, manta rays, and over 60 different types of hard coral species. Workshops will be centred around discussing vital topics and effective research techniques. Emphasis will also be placed on engaging with the local area and Mexican culture.

Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights)

Location: Puerto Morelos, Mexico

$1,650.00 $1,519.00

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Description

Experience Highlights:

  • Learn new scuba diving skills by taking your PADI Open Water course.
  • Take on the role of a marine conservationist for a week on the Mesoamerican reef, the world’s second largest reef.
  • Get up close to various marine life including sea turtles, tropic fish, manta rays, and over 60 different types of hard coral species.
  • Gain insight into Mexican culture and explore the diverse and stunningly beautiful location where the program is located.
  • Engage in critical conversations surrounding the world of marine conservation.

 

A typical PADI Open Water and Marine Conservation Experience:

  • Your experience will begin in Cancun. After making your way south you will jump into orientation around conservation issues, a culture class and an introduction to Mexico.
  • Initial training will begin for the PADI Open Water course with confined water training. Once you are comfortable with the equipment you will move on to scuba diving in the ocean. The course will end with an official certification in scuba diving that will allow you to continue diving into the foreseeable future.
  • Educational activities will be focused on developing a more general understanding of marine conservation. Emphasis will be placed on relevant research techniques, pertinent issues facing marine biologists, and viable solutions that are currently being implemented.
  • The program will also allow you time and provide an opportunity to discover more of the exciting culture of Mexico. Side trips will be tailored to introduce you to the natural beauty of the area with possible visits to the areas cenotes, and historical sites.
  • Evenings will be comprised of an exciting variety of cultural activities and excursions around the area. Activities may include; regional cooking classes, salsa lessons, visits to nearby Mayan ruins, or swimming in some of the spectacular cenotes that this region is famous for.
  • Reflect on your experience and personal development throughout the course of the week, giving you a chance to develop both personal and professional awareness.

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.
  • Location orientation.
  • Long term experienced staff.
  • Meals while on project.
  • Real hands on experience and learn about the challenges that marine conservation has in this region.
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared).
  • 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).
  • Visa costs.

Dates

  • 9 March – 15 March 2019
  • 16 March – 22 March 2019

Documents Required

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

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