2-Week Advanced Coral Conservation Program. $3,200
Extend your stay here in Grand Cayman with our two week Coral Conservation program. During your experience we will further develop your diving skills and every participant will be able to leave with an Advanced Open Water certification from PADI. Prepare to not only interact with our coral nurseries, but students will be able to participate in outplant procedures and monitoring of already placed corals.
Each day will be one part classroom and one part diving as we educate and then take action to preserve our coral reefs.
Your first two days will depend on your experience with SCUBA diving. Untrained divers will be educated about safe diving procedures and by the third day will be participating in our nursery activities. Experienced divers will bypass the obligatory training and will begin coral nursery specific training. All of our students will spend the mornings in class reviewing material and the afternoons underwater learning.
By the third day, each student will be participating in maintaining our nursery sites. With three locations and nearly on thousand corals to manage, daily visits to the nurseries is vital to maintaining coral health.
Day four will lead into more advanced coral outplant training, discussing outplant and site selection criteria. Boat dives to explore for suitable outplant sites will expand our students confidence underwater.
Day five and six will involve monitoring outplant sites and each Friday we will move more coral to our outplanted locations. Student interaction is encouraged and discussions will be an integral part of our morning classes.
As our second week begins, we will move into Advanced Open Water skills. Every student completing our two week program will be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.
During your second week, we will also take part in the Cayman Blue Iguana Conservation and Breeding program here on island. These amazing, blue Iguanas are critically endangered and we are proud supporters of the Blue Iguana Recovery project.
Further training and education on handling corals will allow our week two students a chance to participate directly in moving and placing corals on our living reefs.