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Bahamas Marine Conservation


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Overview

Join our Volunteer Marine Conservation project in The Bahamas and help create UNESCO protected marine parks, assist local communities and teach conservation awareness in primary schools.  As part of the team you'll experience unforgettable diving, make a whole community of friends and help ensure that future generations will care for the reef and its long term survival!​

What to expect

Learn about marine ecosystems and conservation methods You'll be trained by experienced scientists in how to complete underwater marine surveys and how to identify the many species of animals and coral you'll see including invasive species.  You'll also learn how to monitor marine movements and how to locate breeding and feeding grounds.

Learn to dive/improve your skills  To complete your project work you will need to be a capable diver, so we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water level, and then add in your Emergency First Response qualification for good measure too! And with the amount of diving you'll be doing, and the variety of dive sites in the Bahamas you'll leave a competent and experienced scuba diver with some amazing memories for your time in the Caribbean!  

Help out at the local school – Once a week you'll come up for air and head to one of two local primary schools. Here you'll use your knowledge of marine conservation to teach the young children about the valuable marine life that surrounds their island and how to protect it in the future.

Have fun – No diving on Sunday mornings so Saturday nights are party night – usually involving fancy dress!! The group will either plan an event or cook a big meal and there's always plenty of time to relax, swim, sunbathe and get to know the local community

Highlights

  • Live and work on a stunning Caribbean island
  • Become an experienced PADI qualified diver
  • Get high quality biology and research training from Gapforce marine scientists
  • Swim with sharks, rays & turtles!
  • Work with Bahamas National Trust on a vital long term project
  • Immerse yourself in the laid-back culture of the Caribbean
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When can I go: Year round

How long can I go for: From 4 – 10 weeks

How much does it cost: from £2,400


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 (£300)
  • PADI Advanced OW training (£250)
  • PADI Emergency First Response (£100)
  • All technical Dive equipment
  • All dives
  • 24-hour Emergency back-up
  • Weekly community visits
  • Social Activities
  • Return Airport transfer
  • T-shirt


related opportunities

Fiji Marine Conservation
Marine Scientist Training


Why I Chose Bahamas

"We run a marine conservation program focusing on the study of the local reef, which happens to be the third largest in the world. I have been lucky enough to dive in a number of destinations but nothing compares to the reef here.

The topography is just astounding. We spend time teaching at the local school, focusing conservation and the preservation of the marine ecosystem. During the summer months we spend time with the summer camp teaching the local kids to snorkel and basic first aid.

We have access to both oceanic and inland blue holes which is very unique. Andros has three or four very special blue holes such as King Kong, which is an oceanic blue hole, Captain Bills and Stalactite are two inland blue holes."

Warren Beyers, Gapforce Expedition Leader, Bahamas

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