4 week Coral Conservation Program $5,900
College students looking for a chance to try something different are invited to join us at Eco Divers for an exciting new way to learn.
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.
As you enter the third week of our program, we introduce more advanced dive skills and emergency procedures. By the end of your third week, each student will be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver and be trained in CPR and emergency first aid.
Additional education and training daily underwater will also nurture your understanding of what is required to manage and grow corals then safely return them to our reefs.
Advanced theory regarding safe handling and thoughtful site selection will be critical for our four week program. Around the world, coral reefs are failing and we must look at not only the reasons why, but how we can work past those issues.