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SEYCHELLES - Advanced Scuba and Conservaton

Get your PADI Advanced and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver qualification as a member of an expedition working on critical marine conservation projects in the pristine islands of the Seychelles. Your participation in marine species research will contribute towards providing data to the local government on various conservation initiatives.

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

Dates: See Dates tab below

Location: Mahe and Curieuse, Seychelles

$2,925 $2,340

Description

Experience Highlights:

  • Take your PADI Advanced and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver courses.
  • Enjoy fun-dives and search for the incredible mega-fauna in the area including sharks, rays, and dolphins.
  • Take extra dive courses at discounted rates with local dive shops.
  • Develop various techniques enabling you to survey coral reefs, explore different dive sites, visit breeding areas for the hawksbill and green turtle.
  • Snorkel in crystal clear waters alongside coral, fish, turtles, eagle-rays and reef sharks, and spot dolphins from the boat.
  • Learning how to identify fish and coral in the Indian Ocean.
  • Live in one of the most visually stunning countries in the world. Our beach-front camp is located on the white sand beach of Anse St Jose and overlooks Praslin (Seychelles’ second largest island).

 

A typical Advanced PADI and Marine Conservation Experience:

  • Explorers will be allocated fish or coral as part of their coral reef monitoring. The four week volunteers will be given Group 1 Fish to monitor
  • Coral and Fish Species data collection. Learning to identify target species.
  • Fish – collect data on abundance/biodiversity, helps to assess overall recovery of fish life on the reef. Also examine inverts such as sea cucumbers to assess whether fisheries quotas are being met.
  • Coral – health, coral communities and point intercept data. Level of disease/algae/coral cover within a metre square quadrant over the transect.
  • Incidental Sightings – compile a species list and maintain a record of the daily occurrences of different marine creatures at the various dive sites. This data is passed onto OBIS – an online database.
  • Explorers will be diving 1-2 times a day. This is very dependent on the weather.

 

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.

Included

Experience Fee Includes:

  • 24-hour emergency phone 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.
  • Diving compressor training workshop.
  • First Aid & CPR training.
  • Location orientation.
  • Long term experienced staff.
  • Meals while on project.
  • National Park fees and permits.
  • PADI Advanced Open Water.
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality.
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared).
  • 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.
  • PADI Open Water.
  • Personal dive kit, e.g. mask, fins, wetsuit, timer etc.
  • Personal kit.
  • Police or background check (where necessary).
  • 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
  • 16 November – 13 December 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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