Overview

Your ideal tropical adventure. Become a Marine Conservation Volunteer in Costa Rica, full training included. Learn to scuba dive in one of the world’s most stunning settings and take part in vital marine conservation research! 

HIGHLIGHTS

Become an experienced PADI qualified diver

Learn Marine Conservation techniques

Contribute to international coral and fish surveys

Swim with turtles, rays, sharks, dolphins and even whales!Try some optional activities such as surfing or ziplining

Only PADI Centre in Central America offering training and certification in unique marine conservation specialties 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Week 1 – PADI Open Water and Advanced

On arrival in San Jose you will be met by our local staff and transferred to the laid back coastal town of Quepos on the Pacific Coast. During your first week you undertake both your Open Water and Advanced Open Water PADI dive training with experienced professional trainers from the dive school. An emphatic way to start your course!

 

Week 2: PADI Marine Conservation and Research 

Take part in the only centre in central America offering training and certification in these unique marine conservation programs. Armed with your new PADI skills, week two marks the beginning of your conservation training when you will learn different research and survey techniques including fish and reef biology. You will also have the chance to put your new skills to the test this week as you help on one of the many reef surveys taking place in the local marine parks.

 

Week 3: PADI Nudibranch Awareness specialty and reef surveys

This week you will develop your science training further with Nudibranch awareness. Nudibranchs are some of the smallest most interesting inhabitants of the reef and you will learn about their different behaviours and identification of some local species. As part of this week you will head out onto the reef and complete dives looking for local nudibranch species, as well as continue with the reef surveys from the previous week.

 

Week 4: PADI AWARE Shark specialty and reef surveys

Always a favourite topic - sharks are crucial to marine ecosystems, yet are in a global decline. This course teaches you about the value of sharks and what is causing the rapid loss of shark populations. By the end of this week you will also complete your reef surveys and help input the date into the international database which collectively helps monitor the long term health of the reef and the marine life it supports.

 

Week 5: Dive Safety Training and Emergency First Response 

For those completing the 6 week program option, you will continue your training this week with all things safety and security. Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency is crucial to your dive progression. This week you will complete both your PADI Emergency First Responder and Rescue Diver certifications. This training will complete your recreational dive training and prepare you for your first step into the world of being a professional diver.

 

Week 6: Coral Rehabilitation 

Today’s coral reefs are threatened worldwide, and this is no different in the waters surrounding Costa Rica. Get ready to put your conservation skills learned over the previous 5 weeks to the test, through aiding in the recovery and restoration efforts of a non-profit organization for marine conservation in Costa Rica.  Complete your final PADI certification of the course, PADI Distinctive Coral Rescue Certification. Through this course, you will learn how to help conserve these vital systems through hands-on coral nursery work. 

 

At the end of your Marine Conservation Training, you will be a qualified PADI Scuba Diver and also have a deeper understanding of our ocean and the conservation efforts required to protect them for generations to come.

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