Scubabo Quantum Research Sector

www.quantum.scubabo.com

Welcome to Scubabo Quantum, a unique and innovative science and dive traineeship based on the world famous Great Barrier Reef. We offer the highest levels of diving and scientific training currently available to kick-start your marine science career!

Quantum is a programme aimed at giving those interested in Marine Science a chance to undergo extensive dive training, to Professional Divemaster level, as well as the Commercial Scientific Diver Course, allowing you to commercially survey underwater, anywhere in the world.

As well as world class dive training, you will spend time collecting data for the GBRMPA (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority) you will also be granted a permit to survey and collect data within the GBR Marine Park for your own research collection, an unmissable ticket!

Where In The World?

We have partnered with the Frankland Island group, to bring our trainees the number one unique working and living experience.

Trainees will work from, on and around the uninhabited Frankland Islands, as well as overnight camping on the beaches, and full access to the Island, its rainforest, and its secluded beaches and coves. Scubabo run all of the dive and in-water operations on the island, as well as running the photography aspects for Franklin Islands, meaning that our trainees will be diving from this picturesque chain of islands regularly, and have endless opportunities to improve their photography and online digital skills, whilst working alongside industry professionals.

Frankland island have offered Scubabo Quantum Research Sector the exclusive use of their scientific research vessel, designed entirely for all forms of data collection and analysis, perfect for any form of surveying you may wish to conduct, or data you may wish to collect!

The Frankland Island group is a collection of 5 incredibly picturesque, uninhabited islands approximately 45km from Cairns. The Frankland Islands have special significance for the Mandingalby Yidinji and Gungandji Aboriginal people who fished, hunted and gathered food on these islands and the adjacent sea country. Part of an ancient coastal mountain range cut off from the mainland several thousand years ago these islands were named by captain James Cook in 1770. The jungles, mangroves, beaches and reefs are fully protected under Australian law making the waters around the islands a haven for all manner of marine species including turtles and manta rays. As part of Scubabo Quantum you will be granted exclusive access to this unique ecosystem. The islands host our very own research station with its untouched reefs forming an ideal environment for marine training and scientific research. In addition to contributing data to the GBRMPA and our own long term monitoring you will also be able to develop and conduct your own surveys for undergraduate, masters or doctoral projects. Frankland Islands truly has everything a researcher could ask for including dedicated boats for scientific study as well as on site camping facilities in order for you to maximise your time in the field.

Start as a recreational Open Water Diver and make your way up to the professional level, obtaining your Dive Master certification. This qualification not only allows you to work as a professional in the recreational diving industry, but is also a minimum requirement for many marine science positions around the world.        1. DIVE MASTER TRAINING
This commercially recognised program meets and exceeds international marine scientific diving requirements and has been created with the Australian Government to train scientists that take part in marine research activities; such as surveying, monitoring and inspecting. The course develops specific skills required to conduct scientific diving safely and in an efficient manner. All training is in compliance with the Australian standard for occupational diving requirements. This is the most comprehensive scientific diver program currently offered anywhere in Australia and is a must have for any aspiring marine scientists.

2. SCIENTIFIC DIVER TRAINING
Scubabo Quantum is unique in offering the opportunity for marine scientists to conduct their own personal research and to collect data for undergraduate, master’s or doctoral research using our facilities and expertise. We will equip you with all of the knowledge and skills required to design your own marine surveys as well as the techniques used to survey a wide range of marine species and habitats. In addition you will be contributing to the ongoing conservation efforts of the Great Barrier Reef by supplying much needed data to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. You will receive in depth classroom and practical in water training from our team of experienced marine researchers and divers.

3. MARINE RESEARCH
Boost your career further with commercial photography training. Learn advanced photographic techniques with state of the art underwater photography equipment while compiling your own portfolio of professional images from the Great Barrier Reef. You also receive instruction on the uses of photographic and video imagery in marine research and how to incorporate these techniques into your own surveys.

4. UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY
Boost your career further with commercial photography training. Learn advanced photographic techniques with state of the art underwater photography equipment while compiling your own portfolio of professional images from the Great Barrier Reef. You also receive instruction on the uses of photographic and video imagery in marine research and how to incorporate these techniques into your own surveys.

ESSENTIAL TRAINING
Advanced First Aid course, AED use course & Emergency Oxygen use course

What you’ll receive upon arrival:

Personal set of basic scuba gear, including mask, snorkel, fins and a 5mm wetsuit, which you get to keep!
Use of all other scuba gear (BCD, tanks and weights)
Shared accommodation and use of the house facilities, including bbq and swimming pool
Materials needed to conduct marine surveys

Maritime Techniques & Training:

Classroom, pool and open water training conducted by experienced scientists, divers and photographers
Underwater photography training using state of the art camera equipment (equivalent to that used by National Geographic photographers)
Instruction in various marine survey methods, including coral, fish and invertebrate survey techniques Turtle identification and databasing techniques
Workshops in the uses of photography in scientific study

Quantify your Opportunities:

Conduct marine surveys and provide meaningful data to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
A chance to live and dive on the Great Barrier Reef
Extensive dive and photography experience
ACCESS TO All boat trips to the Great Barrier Reef during the length of the program
Gain globally recognised qualifications and experience to increase your employability in the field of marine science.

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