Divemaster and Conservation Internship
Coral Cay Conservation (CCC) believe in a future where our choices today will benefit the generations of tomorrow, where coral reefs will sustainably provide for local communities in the face of growing demand, allowing these systems to thrive in harmony with human kind. We work with local communities in developing countries through the provision of scientific data collection, whilst increasing opportunities for education and training, building awareness, and inspiring the next generation of conservationists!
Duration – 20 weeks
Start dates every 4 weeks
Location – Sogod Bay, Southern Leyte, Philippines
Cost - £4,995
This internship has been designed to offer diving enthusiasts the opportunity to become a PADI Divemaster whilst gaining skills in species ID and an understanding of coral reef ecology, adding to your future teaching repertoire.
Over the first ten weeks we will take you through your PADI Open, Advanced and Rescue courses whilst taking you through a rewarding skills development program based on an extended version of the globally recognised reef surveying methodology – Reef Check. Through this training you will learn how to identify a host of corals, fish and invertebrates, and how to conduct surveys. Training is carried out through a mixture of classroom and scuba ‘pointy’ sessions to ensure it is adapted to a wide range of learning preferences, and fun! Once successfully trained you will be armed with the knowledge to carry out meaningful data collection. The data collected by teams of staff, volunteers and local scholars is vital, as it is the foundation that allows us to create recommendations for the local government and community, before working with them to set up successful locally managed marine protected areas.
On completion of your ten weeks with us you can then travel for a bit or go straight to the second half of the internship with Sogod Bay Scuba Resort (SBSR). Over the remaining ten weeks the team at SBSR will continue your PADI training up to Divemaster, ensuring that you gain experience in all the requirements of working as a professional in a commercial dive shop.
The Philippines lies at the heart of the Coral Triangle; a region of the Indo-Pacific celebrated as the most diverse marine ecosystem on the planet. The waters around the 7641 islands that make up the archipelago are home to a staggering diversity of life, from tiny pygmy seahorses to large ocean wanders like whale sharks and manta rays. CCC is at the forefront of efforts to conserve this beautiful ecosystem and ensure its long-term future.
Check out www.coralcay.org for more information and grab the opportunity to work at the forefront of conservation.