Become a Conservation Diver!
Coral reefs are among the planet’s oldest, most productive, and most diverse ecosystems. But they are also one of the most threatened. Reefs around the globe are declining at an alarming rate, and although the problems have been well documented for over 50 years, not enough has been done to protect and conserve our planet’s oceans.
Our aim is to not rely solely on governments to solve these problems, but to increase the capacity and skillsets of divers around the globe to empower a new generation of action-oriented conservationists.
Through training courses, we are giving people from many different backgrounds the knowledge and skills to initiate action!
1 to 2-week Conservation Diver Training
At Blue Marlin Dive Gili Air we teach a 1 to 2-week coral reef conservation course every month.
During this time you can earn Conservation Diver certifications in:
- Coral Reef Ecology,
- Ecological Monitoring,
- Coral Taxonomy,
- Coral Nurseries
- Artificial Reefs.
One week: Reef Science Week
During the first week of the Conservation Diver course we focus on the Ecological Monitoring Program (EMP).
Every day will start with a lecture on the day’s topic, followed by a dive to put the theory into practice. You will learn the ins and outs of the tropical coral reef ecosystems, how to monitor invertebrate and fish species and how-to asses the health of corals. In addition to this we host a guest workshop by Belgian NGO, Save The Plastics, who will teach you how to monitor marine debris and microplastics in the environment.
Two week: Artificial Reef Week
In the second week we take our new understanding of the reef and put it into action. After learning the theory and techniques you will design, build and deploy your very own coral nursery and artificial reef structures. Working underwater to restore coral reefs is one of the most fun, challenging and rewarding things you will ever do!
Lunch is included every day during any course!
Gili air is one of three small islands located north-west of Lombok. The island is famed for its laid-back lifestyle and as we are located in the Coral Triangle, we have an incredible diversity of marine life. Local food is delicious, and we can help you find affordable accommodation in one of the many homestays on the island. No cars, no motorbikes, just as island life is supposed to be!
The course is designed for anybody who is interested in coral reefs and conservation. You do not need a background in biology or science to start the course as we start from the very basics. If you’re on a gap year this course is a perfect way to get a taste of marine science and what it means to work in hand-on conservation.
Boost your professional dive resume!
Divemaster or Instructor? Diversify your CV, as a certified Conservation Diver you will stand out from the crowd with in depth knowledge of the environment you work in every day.
Not SCUBA certified yet? No problem!
Blue Marlin Gili Air is a 5-star PADI career development center. We offer all dive certifications from Open-water Diver to Instructor level. A prerequisite to join the conservation program is being Advanced Open-water certified (through any organization).
Interested? Contact us directly at Leon@conservationdiver.com