Published: January 1, 2021

Location: Online, United Kingdom


Closing Date: Ongoing

Online: Yes

Marine Conservation Course

About the organisation

At GVI, we have been connecting thousands of change-makers, like you, with impactful environmental projects in some of the most vulnerable habitats all over the world, for over two decades. We offer an extensive range of nature conservation programs through which people from all walks of life can volunteerintern and study. Our programs are led by our partners who are local to the communities we’re based in, and focused on making a data-driven, sustainable impact. With GVI, you get access to real-life practical experience to kick-off or advance your career. We also offer immersive social development programs in communities and cultures all over the world.

We know that creating lifelong connections with like-minded global change-makers is important to you. That’s why we go to great lengths to set the scene for you – so you can enjoy the most memorable experiences together. Just ask our alumni. You’ll see that we’re serious about ethics and sustainability – we partner with expert locally-led organisations and align ourselves to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Over the years, we have been moved, educated and impelled by our many conservation partners. Our work with them has won numerous awards and has been featured across global media. Whilst you’re immersed in the abundant ecosystems of our locations, we don’t want you to worry about a thing. That’s why our team offers support every step of the way, taking care of the admin, logistics and health and safety on your behalf. You’re in good hands.

With the climate crisis intensifying, GVI is more determined than ever to follow our mission. By joining a GVI program, you’re not only contributing to positive change on the planet, but also within yourself. This we can guarantee: you will never be the same again.

About the course

From the microscopic plankton to the mighty blue whale, ocean ecosystems are teaming with a plethora of marine creatures. Get involved in the field of marine conservation to help protect and preserve these flora, fauna and the natural environments they call home.

After completing our Marine Conservation course you will have the knowledge and tools needed to understand the intricate balance between sea life and the environment, and how these contribute to a functioning marine ecosystem. Learn about marine protected areas (MPAs), the different marine biomes and how data is collected and used by professionals in the field of conservation.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

  • understand the key tools, terminology and concepts used in the field of ocean conservation
  • analyse the importance of marine protected areas and ocean ecosystems
  • discuss the driving forces behind the decline of sea life
  • discuss how contributing to marine conservation data can help to develop governmental policies in conservation
  • understand the measures being taken to conserve earth’s marine species.

Course curriculum:

The course will start with you developing the foundational skills and understanding the terms used in the field of marine conservation. This includes being introduced to the history of marine conservation as a specialisation.

You’ll then go on to learn about some of the many challenges facing marine life such as the pollution in coastal waters, the overdevelopment of coastlines, climate change and overfishing. Investigate how these factors have contributed to a decline in coral reefs, fish life and marine mammals, and what can be done to negate them and protect the world’s largest ecosystem.

Then, you’ll explore real-world scenarios in which sustainable marine conservation projects have had a positive effect. Look at how this was achieved, and examples such as seeing an increase in the numbers of vulnerable marine species, forming live coral nurseries or managing key marine protected areas.

Next you’ll discover what biodiversity contributes to ecosystems and how biodiversity is economically, socially and scientifically important. This will allow you to join in-depth discussions around how contributing to conservation data can help to develop governmental policies and support conservation practices.

Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to look at conservation best practice and how engaging local coastal communities and having community buy-in can ensure the success of conservation programs.

Module 1: Introduction to Marine Conservation
Module 2: Approaches to Marine Conservation
Module 3: Key Threats to Marine Environments
Module 4: Marine  Conservation in the Field
Module 5: Marine Conservation Stakeholders


If you have always loved diving beneath the waves, snorkelling or exploring the sea life found along the beach then this course is for you. You’ll gain the introductory skills needed to pursue an impactful career in marine conservation or expand your knowledge and contribute towards conservation-related initiatives. This course is open to anyone with a passion for ocean conservation, from high school and college students to working professionals and retired seniors.




Starts weekly on Mondays, with a duration of 8 hours.

How to apply

To find out more about this and other GVI courses please follow this link!