Learn to scuba dive on this unique and fascinating expedition and earn yourself an internationally recognized PADI dive qualification in the Caribbean waters of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Take part in important marine conservation work on the worlds second largest barrier reef, participate in reef monitoring surveys, turtle nesting and crocodile surveys, as well as community education and sustainable tourism development projects in the local communities. In addition to the dive training, you will have the chance to learn a great deal about this tropical marine environment, learn a little Spanish and partake in expeditions to a wide variety of exotic destinations in this beautiful and historically rich area. You will be based at the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve, and learn about the diverse wildlife living both above and below the waves.
How this program makes a difference?
The data GVI obtains at the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve provides an invaluable baseline to assess the health of reefs found in pristine locations. Since the inception of this expedition, and with the assistance of their partner organizations, GVI have amassed one of the largest existing databases related to the condition, health and changes of any section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. This data is now being used by GVI and its partners to promote the management of the reserves resources in a more sustainable manner.
* Live and work on a remote jungle base
* Learn to scuba dive
* Participate in monitoring dives
* Get your PADI Cavern Diver training
* Learn about the reef and how to identify fish and coral
* See dolphins, sharks or manatees
* Participate in night monitoring of turtles laying eggs
* Enjoy cultural visits to Mayan ruins
* Learn some basic Spanish