Programme: Advanced Divers Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico Yucatan Develop your diving skills to the next level while discovering Mexico’s Mesoamerican coral reef and its abundant wildlife. As a member of the advanced diving team in partnership with highly regarded organisations, you will be able skip go and dive right into vital marine conservation projects.
This programme runs for 4, 6, 8, 12 weeks. Contact us to find out the dates and start planning your adventure!
Overview Our marine conservation expedition will take you to the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea, complete with pristine white beaches and tales of lost treasure. Put your advanced diving skills to the test while working on and monitoring the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world.
This project works in conjunction with several highly regarded organisations such as Amigos de Sian Ka’an, a Mexican NGO famous for their conservation work. Through such partnerships, advanced diving volunteers can be sure their efforts are making a serious and measurable impact under the water
Programme: PADI Instructor Internship Mexico Ideal for PADI Open Water divers and Divemasters who dream of becoming highly qualified and specialised PADI instructors, with extensive marine conservation training. PADI Instructors make for more versatile employees than Divemasters, so if you're planning on choosing it as a career path, this customised, professional programme focused on marine conservation and its best practices is perfect for you. Selected interns will be given the opportunity to return to our marine conservation expedition base as PADI Open Water Instructors!
This programme runs for 30 weeks. Contact us to find out the dates and start planning your adventure!
Overview You will live and work for 12 weeks with a GVI research team and undergo an extensive training program, taking your diving skills through to advanced level and gaining an intimate knowledge of the marine ecosystem. This knowledge will be put into practice while you work as part of a team to compile crucial research on coral reef and fish species. Whilst undergoing this training, you will receive coaching to develop personal and professional skills, whilst helping staff out on base with additional duties, and receiving personal feedback as part of the internship.
Programme: Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico Yucatan Earn your PADI diving certificate when you discover Mexico’s Mesoamerican coral reef and its abundant wildlife. As a member of an international team of volunteers in partnership with highly regarded organizations, you can be sure your marine conservation efforts are making a serious and valuable impact.
This program runs for 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, 20 and 24 weeks. Contact us to find out the dates and start planning your adventure!
Overview While your experience on the expedition will be rewarding, days can be long and tiring which you should be prepared for.
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 you complete your training. Besides diving, you should expect to be involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal, environmental education session or alternative income training, depending on local and project needs. You will also be required to complete base duties.
Accommodation The project will see you sharing accommodation with novice divers and other volunteers. However your team will consist of fellow advanced divers, who you will be working with on vital conservation surveys such as directly monitoring the overall health of the reef. All the information gathered will go to our partners and play a vital role in sustainability plans for the reefs fragile eco-system. Building on your advanced diving skills, you can look forward to gaining in-depth knowledge on species identification, coral reef and fish monitoring as well as once in a lifetime experiences such as swimming with the endangered Hawksbill sea turtle.
Highlights Include As a member of the advanced diving team, you will be learning about the Mesoamerican coral reef and how to identify the wildlife it supports against the backdrop of a practically untouched tropical paradise. During your regular monitoring dives you may be able to see mega-fauna such as dolphins and sharks while exploring different sites along the coast. While on land you could be joining in with community programmes; teaching English and raising the environmental awareness of the local community.
Scuba Diving Requirements and Additional Courses This 4-week minimum programme is exclusively for advanced divers, you are required to have an Advanced Open Water PADI qualification, or equivalent. Please speak to your country expert about other Marine Conservation programmes for PADI Open Water or beginner programmes in Mexico.
Also, if you wish to add to your scuba diving skillset, why not take an extra course at a discounted rate?! Check out available Add-ons under the Book Now button on the right hand side, or mention to your Country Expert if interested in finding out more. Please note that extra dive training might take time away from monitoring dives and training.
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
Live and work in a protected reserve surveying deserted reefs under GVI’s research permit
Long term experienced staff
Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
Transfer to base location
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
Police or background check (where necessary)
Some equipment is not included
How this programme makes a difference Over time and with the contributions of volunteers, we have been able to amass one of the largest databases in existence on the condition, health and changes of any section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.
The presence of volunteers helps to reinforce the protection of the reserve and has assisted with reducing poaching numbers of endangered species. Without the man power that volunteers provide to our partner Amigos de Sian Ka’an, they would lack the manpower in order to partake in night patrols during the turtle egg laying season.
As a result of our work, our partners have been able to continue with the protection of the Sian Ka’an reef system and some local fisherman are now trained in diving and monitoring skills and partake in marine surveys with the park and Amigos de Sian Ka’an staff.