Conservation Divemaster

This comprehensive training program provides all the necessary practical and theoretical training to prepare you for a professional career in the diving industry with marine science and biological application. Our Divemaster Trainees will acquire and expand on the knowledge of either an Eco-Venture Participant (EV), a Conservation Research Assistant (CRA) or a Scientific Field Placement Student (SFP) by confidently leading underwater surveys, as brought by the knowledge and experience gained through the PADI Divemaster course. As a SORCE Divemaster Trainee, not only will you be ready to function in a research capacity, you will also learn the responsibilities, etiquette, priorities and knowledge required to work as a dive professional. We will also work with you to tailor your program to your own goals and will provide and career guidance and advice throughout. This is an immersive experience for motivated individuals that wish to pursue a career as a professional diver and marine conservation scientist.

▼ Skills Acquired

The skills you acquire during your Conservation Divemaster (CDM) will depend to an extent on the duration of your stay and where your particular interests lie, as well as which of our three CDM programs you choose to enroll on. However, to give a general indication of the project areas that are covered during our Conservation Divemaster Expedition please see the list below:

  • PADI Divemaster training  and certification
  • Leadership experience within a Non-Profit NGO
  • Experience leading underwater training and research dives
  • Intimate knowledge of coral reef ecosystems and processes
  • Intimate knowledge of Indo-Pacific coral, fish, substrate, invertebrate, and megafauna species Identification
  • In-depth understanding of coral reef threats, impacts, and conservation
  • Hands-on experience in coral restoration processes and techniques; coral reef survey and monitoring techniques; and reef impact protocols (coral bleaching, coral disease, fishing or boat damage, pollution, drupella spp., and crown of thorns starfish outbreaks)
  • Underwater field experience with 3-Dimensional reef modeling, diver operated Stereo Video Systems (DOVs), and Baited Remote Underwater Video Systems (BRUVs)
  • Detailed knowledge of shark and ray biology and behaviours
  • Detailed knowledge of turtle biology and behaviours
  • Field experience in turtle Identification methodologies, turtle population analysis, and turtle conservation
  • Intimate knowledge of mangrove ecosystems and processes
  • Thorough understanding of mangrove threats, impacts, and conservation
  • Hands-on experience in mangrove restoration processes and techniques and mangrove survey and monitoring methodologies
  • Intimate knowledge of seagrass ecosystems and processes
  • Thorough understanding of seagrass threats, impacts, and conservation
  • Active experience in seagrass restoration techniques and seagrass survey and monitoring methodologies
  • In-depth knowledge of habitat fragmentation and the importance of restoring connectivity
  • Experience with historic ecological assessment and habitat reconstruction protocols
  • Comprehensive understanding of recycling and waste management techniques
  • Detailed understanding of Microplastic analysis and chemical sampling techniques
  • Detailed appreciation of NGO and field site operations
  • Extensive experience scuba diving in a variety of conditions and whilst conducting a range of activities
  • Capability development in buoyancy control and eco-aware diving
  • Experience working with Marine Scientists in a professional environment
  • The ability to communicate science through community outreach and cultural exchange activities

For more information regarding the specifics of the Divemaster Training portion of this Expedition please see our PADI Courses.

For specific breakdowns regarding what’s included in, and the related skills acquire for, each of the divemaster paired expedition options please see the relevant pages: Eco-Venture, Conservation Research Assistant, or  Scientific Field Placement

▼ Prerequisites
  • You must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months
  • You must hold a PADI Open Water Certification, a PADI Advanced Open Water Certification, a PADI Rescue Diver Certification, and an Emergency First Responder Certification or equivalent OR book to complete these courses with us when you arrive on site (allowing sufficient additional time on-site for these to be completed).
  • CRA + DMT and SFP + DMT – You must hold or be in the process of obtaining an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (Biology, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Conservation, Ecology, Zoology, or related). Please note this is not required for EV + DMT
  • EV + DMT – Minimum 8 weeks (10 weeks+ recommended)
  • CRA + DMT – Minimum 8 weeks (12 weeks+ recommended)
  • SFP + DMT – Minimum 12 weeks (16 weeks+ recommended)
  • Available to begin and end your Conservation Divemaster Expedition on a Monday

▼ Pricing
  • EV + DMT – 8 weeks – £3650 (Each additional week after the 8th week is charged at £200)
  • CRA + DMT – 8 weeks – £3950 (Each additional week after the 8th week is charged at £200)
  • SFP + DMT – 12 weeks – £4950 (Each additional week after the 12th week is charged at £200)

If you require training for any of the following: PADI Open Water Certification, PADI Advanced Open Water Certification, Rescue Diver Certification, or Emergency First Responder Certification, at the start of your Expedition, please see PADI Courses for details and pricing.


▼ What’s Included

We offer our Conservation Divemaster as a package deal and have worked hard to include as much as we can so that you really get the most out of your time with us. Please note that the duration of your stay and the specific program that your DMT is paired with will impact which and how many of our lectures and workshops you are able to experience, as well as how many of our projects you are able to participate in.

  • PADI Divemaster training and crew pack
  • Field training in all of our projects, techniques, and methodologies
  • Introductory Marine Biology and Conservation lecture and workshop series’ (Coral Reef Biology and Conservation, Indo-Pacific Identification – Fish, Substrate, Coral, Invertebrate and Megafauna, Coral Restoration Techniques, Coral Reef Impact Assessment and Survey Methodologies, Mangrove Biology and Restoration, Seagrass Biology and Restoration, Turtle Identification, Population Analysis and Conservation, Recycling and Waste Control, Buoyancy Control and Eco-Aware Diving, Community Outreach and Cultural Exchange)
  • Advanced Marine Biology and Conservation lecture and workshop Series’ (Coral Reef Ecology and Physiology, Mangrove Ecology and Physiology, Seagrass Ecology and Physiology, Habitat Fragmentation and Rehabilitation, Community Reconstruction Assessment, Microplastic Analysis Techniques and Applications, Chemical Sampling and Assessment)
  • Underwater field training in 3-Dimensional reef modeling, diver operated Stereo Video Systems (DOVs), and Baited Remote Underwater Video Systems (BRUVs)
  • Data analysis of images using the most up to date software systems (CPCe, EventMeasure, and AgiSoft)
  • Training in GIS mapping techniques and applications for aerial monitoring and assessment of ecosystems
  • All necessary field equipment
  • Career guidance and job placement training
  • SCUBA equipment rental (Tanks, BCD, Regulator, weight belt, and weights – you will need to provide your own mask, fins, snorkel, and wetsuit. Dive computers must also be worn and can be rented separately on a week by week basis from SORCE)
  • Unlimited training and survey dives – typically 2-3 dives per day 5 days a week (weather and tides permitting)
  • Sunday Funday – including additional fun dive and end of week party with a special dinner
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week
  • Unlimited drinking water and hot drinks (tea and coffee)
  • Complimentary private accommodation in traditional bamboo lodges (double rooms and dormitory-style rooms can be accommodated on request)
  • Complimentary use of the outdoor gym, basketball court, and yoga equipment
  • 24hr in-country support
  • Visa and travel advice

Not Included:

  • Flights and transfers
  • Visa costs
  • Travel and Diving Insurance
  • Annual PADI membership fees (see PADI website for details)
  • Additional drinks, food and excursions
  • Dive computer rental (available to rent on-site)
  • Fins, Mask and Wetsuit/Rashsuit
  • Internet (sim cards and data can be purchased locally)

If you are interested in booking onto our Conservation Research Assistant program please download and fill in the appropriate booking form (making sure to indicate that you would like to Dive Master Training) and return it to or contact us to ask about availability.:

EV Booking Form 

CRA Booking Form 

SFP Booking Form 

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