One Week Coral Conservation Program

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One Week Coral Conservation Program $1,900
Dive into adventure with Eco Divers.

Our one week program is open to certified divers and anyone willing to learn about SCUBA diving. Our program allows non divers to spend the first two days earning the PADI Open Water certification. Certified divers are directed towards coral nursery courses and preparations to head underwater to participate in maintaining and managing our nursery sites.

This exciting one week program allows students and visitors to fast track training required to assist our coral conservation efforts. Morning classes lead to afternoon dives every day.

When you arrive on Island, you will be met by our staff and brought to your resort room. An orientation afterwards and a social meeting to get to know you better. In the morning, the fun begins.

Prepare to not only interact with our coral nurseries, but also to participate in outplant procedures and monitoring of already placed corals.

Each day will start with a classroom session to prepare us for our daily activities. Then we head underwater!

Your first two days will depend on your experience with SCUBA diving. Untrained divers will be taught safe diving procedures and by the third day will be PADI Open Water certified.. Experienced divers will begin working directly on Coral Restoration training and will be introduced to our nursery sties.. By the third day, all students will be participating in maintaining our nursery sites. With three locations and nearly one 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. Understanding of the marine environment is crucial when planning future outplant sites and monitoring existing sites for stability and general health.

Day five we will move coral to one of our outplant locations. This important task will begin with workshops and documentation to record our actions and help demystify our actions underwater. Citizen scientist interaction is encouraged and discussions will be an integral part of our morning classes.

Who's It For?

No Certification Required

What's Included

  • Lodging
  • PADI training
  • Manage and maintain live corals!
  • Equipment
Grand Cayman Eco DiversCayman Eco Divers is a husband and wife team dedicated to saving the coral reefs in Grand Cayman. Learn to dive with our experienced staff, or let us lead you on a new adventure every day as we explore our amazing coral reefs. Eco Divers has implemented a comprehensive coral restoration program and has created options for everyone to join us and participate in regenerating our local reefs. Even experienced divers can earn new certifications or distinctive specialties while they are here with our easygoing and informative style of teaching. Dive with friends who understand the importance of keeping groups small when boat diving. Nothing can overwhelm a dive faster than twenty divers piling into the water behind you after you traveled half way around the world. Our Thirty foot boat can hold up to sixteen guests, but we limit our groups to no more than eight at a time unless specially requested. Coral conservation is a daily focus for Eco Divers and we encourage any of our guests to participate in our frequent PADI Coral Restoration DIver distinctive specialty courses. Afterwards, you are able to experience our coral nurseries up close and personal. We even have a series of Advanced courses aimed at citizen scientists interested in focusing fully on our restoration program. One to six week packages are available with special rates that cover training, equipment, transportation to all activities and even LODGING! All our guests have to pay for is their airfare, souvenirs and their food while they visit us. Please refer to our packages for more details about our citizen scientist packages. So please, come for an afternoon, a week or a month. We welcome everyone from seasoned divers to those who have never even seen SCUBA gear before. Our guests have ranged from ages 10 to 84. Let us help you at every step of the way to build lifelong memories and friendships. It is always Sunny in Cayman!
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