Eco-Venture

Our Eco-Venture is the perfect combination of heart and mind. If you are looking for a way to combine a scuba diving holiday with the opportunity for personal development, renewed purpose and giving something back to the natural world, then our Eco-Venture is the perfect expedition for you. Join us in paradise for the experience of a lifetime and help us preserve and protect the vibrant and diverse marine ecosystems that will be your classroom and playground during your time with us.

From Coral planting to turtle protection, our Eco-Ventures are packed full of exciting experiences that really help to make a difference to the ecosystems and species we work with. All of the activities you will take part in are based around our research, conservation and education initiatives and are designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to get hands on with each and every one of them. Receive training from experienced marine biologists and take an active part in our marine & coral reef projects today.


Skills Acquired

The skills you acquire during your Eco-Venture will depend to an extent on the duration of your stay and where your particular interests lie. However, to give a general indication of the project areas that are covered during our Eco-Venture Expedition please see the list below:

  • 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 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
  • Comprehensive understanding of recycling and waste management techniques
  • Extensive experience scuba diving in a variety of condition 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

Prerequisites
  • You must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • You must hold a PADI Open Water Dive Certificate or equivalent OR book to complete your PADI Open Water with us when you arrive on site.
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months
  • Minimum 1 week commitment (up to a maximum of 25 weeks)
  • Available to begin and end your Eco-Venture Expedition on a Monday

Pricing
  • 1 week – £550
  • 2 weeks – £1100
  • 3 weeks – £1450
  • 4 weeks – £1800
  • 5 weeks – £2050
  • 6 weeks – £2300
  • 7 weeks – £2550
  • 8 weeks – £2800
  • Each additional week after the 8th week is charged at £200

If you require training for your PADI Open Water Certificate at the start of your Expedition, please see PADI Courses for details and pricing.


What’s Included

We offer our Eco-Venture 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 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.

  • 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)
  • Underwater field training in diver operated Stereo Video Systems (DOVs) and Baited Remote Underwater Video Systems (BRUVs)
  • All necessary field equipment
  • 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)
  • Complementary private accommodation in traditional bamboo lodges (double rooms and dormitory style rooms can be accommodated on request)
  • Complementary use of 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
  • 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 Eco-Venture please contact us to find out about availability.

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