Indo Ocean Project was founded by marine biologists, dive instructors, and ocean enthusiasts from around the globe to create a nation wide standardized data collection and research diver training program in Indonesia, the heart of the coral triangle. IOP has been working together with dive operators, various universities, and the local communities to carry out scientific research to address shark, ray, and marine conservation issues in the Indo-Pacific area.
Our field expeditions in Indonesia hosts international and local research projects focused on marine mega fauna and coral reef conservation in marine reserves across the country.
The aim of the Indo Ocean Project is to generate high quality scientific data to inform local mangers and stakeholders about the status of shark and ray populations in the Marine Protect Area (MPA), and to increase marine conservation awareness among the local communities and general public.
You don’t need to be a diver or scientist to apply! Our project relies on the experience and expertise of our volunteers from around the world to take action and take part.
Why become a Dive Master?
The Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with your mentoring Dive Instructor and Nomads’ team, you’ll fine tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.
As a Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.
Before you can be a good research diver, you first must be a good diver. The Dive Master and Research Diver Internship will give you the skills needed to work either in marine conservation/research or the diving industry. You will meet like-minded individuals and be able to network with experienced and aspiring marine biologists and organizations from around the world.
As an Indo Ocean intern you will be trained in various research methods and trusted to adhere to our strict methodology laid out during your training period. We host multiple research and conservation projects and you will be expected to assist in the operation, running, and planning of each of these.
Currently there have 4 resident projects with 2 projects under development.
1. BRUV (Baited Remote Underwater Video) – underwater video surveillance to monitor shark, ray, and fisheries target species populations throughout the MPA. A baited camera is dropped 4x per week throughout the reserve and left to record for 1 hour. The footage is later analysed by our team and submitted to Dr. Mark Bond at Florida International University and The Coral Triangle Centre in Bali.
2. Roving Survey Dive – 30 minute standardized survey where certified research divers actively seek out and positively identify indicator species. Data is logged and shared with various local and international sources.
3. Indo Shark Log – citizen science outreach program collecting shark and ray sightings across Indonesia. Managing online submissions and promoting local stakeholders to get involved and submit their sightings. The research team manages and inputs this data into various local and online sources.
4. Coral Restoration – in partnership with Coral Triangle Centre we manage the coral restoration areas throughout the MPA and assist in coral transplanting.
5. Mangrove Restoration – in partnership with Trash Hero Indonesia, we collect recycled plastic bottles and mangrove propagules along the coast line of Penida, Cinningan, and Lembongan. The propagules are placed in a nursery for 3 months to grow and later transplanted throughout Bali.
For more information on our internship please visit our WiseOceans expedition page or visit the Indo Ocean Project website.
Applications are accepted year round for any start dates, however with limited spaces available you may have to be flexible.
High season is from June - October and spots fill up quickly during these dates.
You can apply online or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.