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CLIMATE CHANGE AND CORAL BLEACHING IN SEYCHELLES

2-12 week durations available from AU$6095

Travel to Seychelles and collect data on coral reef health and recovery following climate-change-induced coral bleaching events while earning your PADI Advanced Open Water and PADI Reef Ecosystem Diver Specialty qualifications.

HIGHLIGHTS
● Assist with coral reef recovery research, coral reef rehabilitation, and other marine conservation initiatives.
● Contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #14, Life Below Water.
● Earn your PADI Advanced Open Water certificate.
● Complete GVI & PADI’s unique qualification, the PADI Reef Ecosystem Diver (RESD) Specialty.
● Experience diving in a destination renowned as one of the top diving sites in the world. Explore various dive sites searching for the incredible ‘mega-fauna’ in the region, such as sharks, rays, and dolphins. Take other extra dive courses with local dive shops.


PROGRAM OVERVIEW 
On this program, you will be trained up on diving best practices and earning your PADI Advanced Open Water certificate before starting your monitoring of the reef. Please note that you will need to be PADI Open Water certified before joining this program. Receive the PADI Reef Ecosystem Diver (RESD) Specialty segment of the PADI Divemaster course. This unique offering by GVI & PADI teaches you about best practices when conducting underwater coral reef surveys. This is offered to participants staying for longer than 2 weeks on the program.

After completing your dive training and learning how to identify coral species and how to carry out different coral monitoring techniques, you will assist our international team of researchers to monitor specific dive sites for coral reef recovery. Depending on weather conditions, we aim for all participants to have the opportunity to experience one or two dives or snorkels per day during weekdays.


INCLUSIONS
General
● 24-hour emergency desk
● 24-hour in-country support
● Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
● All project equipment
● Food
● Safe and basic accommodation (usually shared)


Pre-Program Training
● Group introductory call
● Welcome presentation
● Endorsed GVI Specialisation Course


Project Work
● Sustainable project work
● Leadership responsibilities


Remote Support
● Program Training

We also include local/cultural activities once a week for up to 8 weeks. These activities may include:
● Learn to cook traditional Seychellois Creole dishes
● Visit the Mission Ruins at Venn's Town
● Paddleboard across the bay
● Hike through lush forests and across rocky plateaus
● Explore the ocean after dark with a night dive
● Discover rare and endemic species of plants
● Swim at a secret beach
● Go fishing with local fishers