Marine conservation in Belize
Description of Marine conservation in Belize
This five day tailor made marine conservation holiday in Belize is open to all volunteers interested in diving and caring for the environment.
As a diving experience, alone, this trip excels. And when combined with hands-on tasks and the chance to help with marine conservation projects, it makes for an extremely worthwhile introduction to the incredible biodiversity of the Caribbean.
Set against a backdrop of a private 'castaway' island, adjacent to the Belize Barrier Reef, you'll discover every opportunity to swim, snorkel and dive within a truly breathtaking marine environment.
From swimming alongside whale sharks to hunting invasive lion fish with a spear, this is your chance to encounter something completely different within a fun and friendly environment. Protecting the Belize Barrier Reef is an essential part of this five day volunteering adventure and you'll be invited to join an actual marine conservation team as they undertake ad-hoc and ongoing tasks.
Absolutely no experience is needed to sign up. This is the ideal way to learn new skills and make a real difference both above and below the warm waves of the Caribbean. Belize is one of the best places on the planet to learn how to dive in the ocean, not in a swimming pool. Our PADI courses include PADI Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue and Dive Master.
We empower you to take an active role in directly protecting and conserving our oceans that we love via our marine conservation projects and environmental education and awareness program. You will learn about the invasive lionfish species that is destroying our native coral reefs and participate in our conservation dives to spearfish and remove this incredibly destructive invasive species. You will also learn all about coral reefs, tropical fish, sharks, manatees, dolphins and many other species from tiny invertebrates to the largest fish in the ocean, the whale shark. You will participate in our marine conservation identification dives to discover the wonders of the marine world. We also cover many more topics from ocean acidification, climate change, to global warming and you will discover things you can do to combat these issues. Join us and make a difference!
Each week/day will differ but you will be helping and participating in the following areas:
Invasive Lionfish: Spearfish to remove this destructive invasive species that is destroying native coral reef ecosystems.
Marine Conservation Education: Learn about coral reefs and marine animals and discover how we can protect our oceans and reefs.
Whale Shark Monitoring (if spotted): Dive with the largest fish in the ocean and record sightings to improve conservation efforts.
Biodiversity Identification Dives: Identification dives (fish, sea turtles, sharks, invertebrates, coral) to increase ones knowledge and understanding of reef ecosystems.
Beach Clean-ups: Weekly beach and island trash/plastic removal on islands of the Belize Barrier Reef.
Depending on the season and length of stay you might not take part in all of these activities above but it is a good bet that you will experience most of them. Please get in touch for more information and to find out more about what this all-inclusive volunteer placement involves.
PADI Dive Courses Offered on the Island
We have many dive courses available to help you develop your scuba and marine conservation skills while on the island volunteering with us. Below is the price our program charges for each PADI certification course and how long it will take you to complete the certification course on the island. Please note the Open, Advanced, Rescue, and Dive Master certifications require the PADI e-Learning prior to arrival.
PADI Open Water Certification $150 USD (3 days)
PADI Advanced Open Water Certification $200 USD (1 week)
PADI Rescue Diver Certification $250 USD (1 week)
PADI Dive Master Certification $400 USD (4 week minimum stay)
PADI Specialty Course: Invasive Lionfish $100 USD (3 days)
PADI Specialty Course: Coral Reef Conservation $100 USD (3 days)
PADI Specialty Course: Fish Identification $100 USD (3 days)
PADI Specialty Course: Deep Diver $100 USD (3 days)
PADI Specialty Course: Emergency First Response $100 USD (2 days)