Programme: Marine Conservation Expedition in the Seychelles Mahe and Curieuse Get your PADI Advanced and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver qualification as a member of an expedition working on critical marine conservation projects in the pristine islands of the Seychelles. Your participation in marine species research will contribute towards providing data to the local government on various conservation initiatives.
This program runs for 4, 6, 8, 12 weeks. Contact us to find out the 2017 dates and start planning your adventure! Overview Travel to the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean as a a member of an expedition and work on critical marine conservation projects amongst the beautiful islands of the Seychelles.
You will contribute towards various conservation-related surveys aimed at providing data to the local government on coral reef research, invertebrate surveys and turtle breeding areas.
Programme: Marine Conservation and PADI Divemaster Internship Seychelles Boost your professional diving or marine conservation career when you join an internship in the stunning Seychelles. Get your PADI Divemaster qualification and marine ecosystem training, then put those skills to good use when you participate in vital marine research expeditions.
This program runs for 24 weeks. Contact us to find out the 2017 dates and start planning your adventure!
Overview Your First 12 Weeks During your expedition phase expect working days to long and starting early in the morning. Diving days will begin with preparing the dive boat, followed by a short journey to one of the research dive sites. Depending on weather conditions, we aim for everyone to have 1 or 2 dives/snorkels a day, 5 days a week, during which you will conduct underwater surveys after completion of your training.
On other days, you should expect to be involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions, beach cleans, marine debris surveys, environmental education sessions with the local community depending on local and project needs at the time. The days are rounded off with an evening debrief, followed by dinner and time to relax, take in the beautiful sunset and share stories.
Work Placements On your work placement, your situation will vary depending on location, but you will continue to spend the majority of your days diving in the crystal clear waters perfecting your diving skills, while learning to work within the diving community.
Programme: Marine Conservation Short Term Internship Seychelles Located in the stunning Seychelles, our Short-Term Marine Conservation Internship lets you enter the marine conservation industry by gaining valuable first-hand experience and contribute to databases about the condition, health and changes of these African reefs. In partnership with highly regarded organisations, the skills and knowledge you will learn during your Internship will help contribute directly to the future of this unique eco-system. Adventure is only a dive away!
This program runs for 6, 8 and 12 weeks. Contact us to find out the 2017 dates and start planning your adventure!
Overview Cap Ternay is situated on the stunning island of Mahé in the heart of the Seychelles, an area that allows for some fantastic diving! Working days can be long and tiring but extremely rewarding. Besides diving, you should expect to be involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal, environmental education sessions, depending on local and project needs.
Days are rounded off with evening debriefs, followed by dinner and time to relax, taking in a beautiful sunset and sharing your dive stories with your fellow team members. Life on the base will be simple island living, sleeping in basic dormitory style accommodation with shared bathrooms as well as sharing cooking and cleaning duties around base.
Accomodation During your expedition phase you will be living on GVI's research base in the stunning Seychelles. Living conditions will be very basic as we aim to leave as small of a footprint as possible on the environment.
Accommodation at the work placements vary, but all offer basic to comfortable accommodation for their staff.
Highlights Include Learning how to identify fish and coral in the Indian Ocean; visiting and diving amongst tropical islands; taking your PADI Advanced and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver courses, taking other extra dive courses at discounted rates with local dive shops, enjoying fun-dives and searching for the incredible ‘mega-fauna’ in the area, such as sharks, rays, and dolphins; developing the techniques you need to survey coral reefs, exploring different dive sites, visiting breeding areas for the hawksbill and green turtle; having an amazing and unique adventure amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Scuba Diving Requirements You will spend the majority of your time on this expedition scuba diving and as such you need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water, or equivalent. For non-divers wishing to attend, we can recommend local dive centers that will help you qualify before your intended start date.
Project Life Depending on weather conditions, we aim for everyone to have 1 or 2 dives/snorkels each day, 5 days a week, during which you will conduct underwater surveys after completion of your training. Besides diving, you should expect to be involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal or environmental education sessions, depending on local and project needs. You will also be required to complete base duties.
At the end of each day you will eat, relax and socialise with the rest of the team as you recount your sightings from below the surface. Life on the base will be simple island living, sleeping in basic dormitory style accommodation with shared bathrooms as well as sharing cooking and cleaning duties around base.
Weekends will be yours to explore the beautiful surrounding area and islands as you immerse yourself in the Creole culture of the Seychelles.
24-hour emergency phone
24-hour in-country support
Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
All necessary project equipment and materials
All necessary project training by experienced staff
Community work workshop
Coral reef ecology
Diving compressor training workshop
First Aid & CPR training
Long term experienced staff
Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
National Park fees and permits
PADI Advanced Open Water
PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
Use of O2 equipment workshop
What's Not Included
Additional drinks and gratuities
Extra local excursions
International and domestic airport taxes
Medical and travel insurance
PADI Open Water
Police or background check (where necessary)
How this project makes a difference: With substantial contributions from our partners, we are the leading marine data collection organisation in the Seychelles.
Much of this data is used by other organisations in the Seychelles. For example, the Seychelles government relies on this data to show an accurate picture of the overall health of the local coral reefs when setting and creating new management policies.