Participating in this program means conducting important research with our key partners, and making a direct contribution to preserving the corals in the Dawasamu District. Coral bleaching is a global marine crisis: 50% of the world’s corals, which house a majority of marine life, have already been wiped out in the last thirty years, making it an intergenerational problem, requiring as much active action as possible.
This project is geared at providing long term research to support sustainable use and preservation of marine resources, with benefits to the local communities through strategies designed to help guarantee a rich diversity of marine life remains for future generations.
Weather permitting, you may participate in 1 or 2 dives or snorkels each day, for 5 days a week. Prior to diving, you will complete extensive training, in order to prepare you for the research you will be involved in. Our GVI staff will supply you with all the training you need to be certified up to a PADI Advanced Open Water diver. Receive the Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality segment of the PADI Divemaster course. This unique offering by GVI & PADI teaches you about best practices when conducting underwater coral reef surveys. This is offered to participants staying for 2 weeks or longer.
Non-divers are welcome to join for 8 weeks or more, but the 4-week duration is only open for qualified Open Water Divers. Non-divers who want to attend the program for 4-weeks can qualify through local dive centers before their intended start date.