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Travel to the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean as a member of an expedition and work on critical marine conservation projects amongst the beautiful islands of Seychelles.

You will contribute towards various conservation-related surveys aimed at providing data to the Seychelles Parks and Gardens Authority (formerly Seychelles National Marine Park Authority - SNPA) and local government on coral reef, fish and invertebrate research and assist with the development of environmental education awareness. You might also undertake marine plastic pollution clean-ups both on the land around the base, our neighbouring beaches and across our adopted dive sites.

You'll spend a large part of your time on this expedition scuba diving and as such you need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water, or equivalent before joining the program. For non-divers wishing to attend, we can recommend local dive centres that will help you qualify before your intended start date. 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.

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Day 1 - (Saturday)

Meet the local team in the car park behind La Perle Noire restaurant in Beau Vallon, Seychelles at 11:00 AM. Airport pick-ups can be arranged between 07:00 - 10:00 AM the day before your program start date and must be arranged in advance.

Day 2

Receive orientation and training on the program and our local partners  as well as health & safety training. With the beach being a short walk away from your accommodation, you may be given some downtime to explore and enjoy the immediate surroundings.

Days 3 - 7

Most of your time during the week will be spent on project activities. Since this is a diving program, you will be trained up in your PADI Advanced Open Water as well as PADI REMS Speciality ( designed to educate divers about how to correctly identify specific species associated with coral reefs)

Once trained up, participants will be diving or snorkelling 1-2 times a day and you will be collecting data on either Fish or Coral species. 

We also occasionally do Dives against Debris as well as environmental education lessons for the local community. 

Day 8 - Day 9 (usually Saturday and Sunday) 

Weekends will be free for you to explore the local culture and sites along with your fellow volunteers. 

Here are some examples of things you can do in your free time: 
Visit Victoria, the capital city of Seychelles 

  • Do some island hopping
  • Hiking and Climbing 
  • Water Sports 
  • Visit Beau Vallon Bay 
  • Do some hiking

Day 10-14 (Monday to Friday) 

Project work will commence and you will pick up on the activities you started in your first week.

Your last day

Oh no …… no matter how long you’re here for, one of these days it will be time to say goodbye to your newfound friends.  The local project coordinator will drop you back off at the airport in time for your departure flight.

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start date

Saturday's

minimum age

you gotta be 18 to do this program

Highlights

  • Learning how to identify fish, coral or invertebrates in the Indian Ocean.
  • Earning your PADI Advanced Open Water certificate.
  • Complete GVI & PADI's unique qualification, the PADI Coral Reef Research Speciality.
  • Exploring different dive sites around the tropical island of Mahe, searching for ‘mega-fauna’ in the area, such as sharks, rays, and dolphins and learning more about the wider ecosystem.
  • Developing the techniques needed to survey coral reefs.
  • Participation in local ecosystem surveying including seagrass monitoring, mangrove species identification and nudibranch diversity checks.

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