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Marine Scientist Training Course



Gain valuable experience in Marine Conservation, either as a way into the industry or as a platform for further studies. Based on our Marine Research Station in the Bahamas, working with the Bahamas National Trust to create a new Marine Park and Bahamas first "Green Nature" Island, you will learn globally accepted Marine conservation techniques.

What to Expect

Dive Training- We provide PADI Open Water & PADI Advanced Open Water Training as well as Emergency First Response Training.  We are accredited as a PADI Dive centre with fully certified instructors.  Gain your education with us and jumpstart your career!

Marine Science Training- Learn about the underwater environment when you dive! We will teach you marine biology, conservation techniques, tropical ecology and more.  We offer advanced PADI training, PADI underwater navigator training and PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Course to enhance your education. Make the most out of your training!


Reef Surveys- Apply your knowledge! Work with our partners, the Bahamas National Trust, to protect the reef by surveying and collecting data used to sustain the environment.  Help make a difference and make a lasting environment so that the reef can be around for generations to come!


Marine Conservation & Dive Management-  Once you become an expert diver, take your knowledge further by gaining boat handling experience, survey dives, and archive sessions & science.  On completion of the course, those who have a relevant degree will be considered for a role as Chief or Assistant Scientist with Gapforce, and for those without a relevant degree there is the opportunity to stay on as a Trainee (all expenses covered) for an additional phase. Don’t miss out!


Community Involvement- Come up for air once a week and volunteer on projects and activities with the local children of Staniard Creek.  From basic lesson plans teaching about fish to teaching children to swim, make a difference in a child’s life.


  • PADI Marine Conservation qualification​
  • PADI Specialities
  • Boat Handling
  • Conservation Management 
  • Internship or paid job options!
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When can I go: January & July

How long can I go for: 12 weeks

What does it cost: From £4,800

What is included:

  • Pre-departure briefing & support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Welcome & orientation briefing
  • Long term experienced Gapforce staff
  • Safe beach front accommodation
  • All meals
  • All project training by
  • All science training
  • PADI Open Water training
  • PADI Advanced OW training
  • PADI Emergency First Response
  • PADI Underwater Navigator Training
  • PADI Project Aware & Fish ID Training
  • PADI Gapforce Distinct Speciality Training
  • Boat handling experience
  • All technical Dive equipment
  • All dives
  • 24-hour Emergency back-up
  • Weekly community visits
  • Social Activities
  • Return Airport transfer
  • T-shirt

related opportunities

Bahamas Marine Conservation
Fiji Marine Conservation

Why I Chose Fiji

"The program is designed to give people who are

interested in operating in the marine environment a

solid grounding in theory and practical application.

It's a unique experience for 2 main reasons: students

who are looking to take a gap year with a purpose

recieve invaluable life experience. We live in a

communal environment that requires getting along

in a diverse group of people.  Students who want

to go on to take marine biology at University get

the chance to add field experience to their CV.

Secondly, the Gapforce Bahamas location is

situated on the third most extensive barrier reef

system on the planet, containing examples of the

most intact coral reef habitat found anywhere

in the world.  This alone is a unique opportunity,

to experience a location still relatively untouched

by the activities of the developed world and to

contribute to keeping it in a healthy condition."

Ben Vieyra, Chief Scientist, MST Course Bahamas

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