Marine Conservation starts here!
Get involved with our Marine Conservation activities! You will find everything you need at the Freestyle Divers Academy, including marine biology classes, laboratory facilities, coral nurseries, artificial reef creation and tailored marine conservation internship programs!
If you are curious about the ocean, marine life and how it all works, you can learn about our local ecosystem from our resident marine conservation team.
Moreover, you can also help us to protect it!
Our full curriculum of courses, workshops and internships provide something to suit everyone. You can get started with a weekend introduction or construct a personalized program that could go all the way up to a three month residential internship.
Certified divers will love our Ecological Diver course, it’s a great way to get started! All you need to do is take the online academic course, then put your knowledge into practice during our one day in-water practical sessions. There is also a non-diver version of the course if you haven’t taken your Open Water course yet.
If you do want to learn to dive at the same time, we can construct a personalized program for you to gain experience in both diving and marine conservation.
Are you already a student in marine conservation? In that case, we have everything you need to grow your understanding, as well as the opportunity to participate on practical scientific dives and laboratory work.
While you are here we can help you perfect your diving skills too! We have very experienced technical diving instructors on staff who will coach you on trim, buoyancy and propulsion to make your scientific dives effortless.
We would also welcome your active contribution to the health of our local marine ecosystem. We run ongoing projects for reef monitoring, building and monitoring coral nurseries as well as the design and construction of artificial reefs.
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Marine Conservation Curriculum
You can choose your areas of marine biology specialization and focus from our comprehensive Marine Conservation curriculum. The Core Marine Conservation course is the foundation. Once you have completed it, you can pick your own learning path. That means you can progress at your own speed with the topics that interest you the most.
All of our marine science courses are scheduled to run every month. If you’d like to join, all you need to do is check out our events calendar to find a date that works for you and get signed up!
We want to help you optimize your learning experience and help you make the best of your stay with us. So if you need a customized program, contact us and we will craft your perfect educational experience.
We’ll work with you to create your ideal mix of online learning, face-to-face classroom work, practical in-water experience and time in our laboratory. If you are traveling to us from abroad or would just prefer a ‘staycation’ residential course, we can help you design your customized marine conservation internship.
Marine Conservation Module Descriptions
Core Marine Conservation course. (5 Days 6 dives)
This consists of 5 topics:
- The Blue Planet : Why are the oceans important and how do they help the whole planet to sustain life? What are the chemical and physical limitations of the oceans and how does this affect marine species?
- Marine Ecosystems: A look at how the previously identified physical factors affect distribution of marine life and an examination of the different ecosystems throughout the Earth’s oceans.
- Marine Biodiversity: An introduction to the range of species found throughout the planet’s ocean ecosystems and how the ocean environment drives speciation.
- The State of the Reefs: What are the threats posed to the earth’s marine ecosystems and particularly the coral reefs throughout the tropical regions? Whether caused naturally or by man, the health of the oceans is declining and we identify and examine the threats in this section.
- Marine Conservation: What techniques and actions can be taken to mitigate these threats? Is marine conservation just a drop in the ocean?
Ecology Foundation (1 Hour)
A quick biology and ecology refresher making sure that we are all on the same page with regard to marine biology terminology and fundamentals.
Lab Foundation (1 Hour)
This is an orientation class for microscopy, dissection techniques and laboratory fundamentals.
Coral Reef Ecology (2 Day, 2 dives)
Have you ever wondered: what is coral? What is a coral reef? How does the coral feed, grow, reproduce and survive? What is Zooxanthellae? Where did coral come from? This is the course that answers all those questions for you!
Environmental monitoring program (5 days 6 dives)
A course designed to train you in the skills of underwater survey techniques, how these different techniques are applicable in different situations enabling you to collect relevant data in order to establish and contribute to long term environmental monitoring programs.
Advanced environmental monitoring program (5 days 6 dives)
A focus on coral species identification and associated benthic surveys, before looking at the associated statistical and analytical techniques which can be implemented upon the data identifying potential correlations.
Invertebrates (2 day 2 dives)
The marine environment is so biodiverse primarily down to the huge array of different marine invertebrates, On this course we look at the strange and beautiful creepy crawlies of the oceans, what defines them and what role they play in marine ecosystems.
Molluscs (1 day 1 dive)
Octopus, cuttlefish, snails, slugs and more! A look at marine molluscs, their identifying traits and the roles they play within marine ecosystems
Cephalopods (1 day 1 Dive)
A more in depth look at these stunning intelligent creatures.
Echinoderms (1 day 1 dive)
Starfish, Sea urchins, Sea cucumbers and more! How these Creatures play a pivotal role in maintaining the equilibrium of the marine ecosystems.
Crustaceans (1 day 1 Dive)
Crabs, Lobsters and a whole bunch more of these wonderful marine creatures, what role they play in marine ecosystems. a focus on some of the weird and wacky
Vertebrates (2 Days 2 Dives)
On this course we will identify the diversity of vertebrate species found throughout the ocean ecosystems, the role they play in these environments and identify a few evolution adaptations creating this array of beautiful species
Bony Fish (1 day 1 dive)
The majority of the marine life we think of naturally falls into this specification of bony fish aka Teleosts and in this workshop we will look into how to accurately identify these species and what physiological adaptations define them.
Turtles (1 Day 1 Dive)
Let’s take a look at totally awesome sea turtles and the role they play in marine ecosystems throughout the oceans. Then we go diving with them!
Sharks (1 Day 1 dive)
Duh duh, duh duh, duh duh duh duh…
Let’s have a look at these misunderstood creatures, their physiological adaptations, the role they play in marine ecosystems and how the way that humans treat them will lead to our own demise.
Cetaceans (1 day (1 optional dive)
A look at marine mammals, how they came to be and what role they play in marine ecosystems. What adaptations have they amassed allowing them to inhabit the oceans in the way that they do and what threats still remain to these magnificent creatures.
Coral Nursery (2 days 2 dives)
We take a look at coral propagation techniques and the theory behind it before going and getting practical hands-on experience with fragment collection and placement.
Artificial reef (2 days 2 dives)
We look at the theory behind the implementation of artificial reefs before getting hands on experience creating and transplanting coral onto these structures.
Advanced Coral Propagation (1 day 1 dive)
Coral nursery maintenance techniques and an increased set coral propagation techniques allowing you to work on the nurseries in the future without supervision.
Become an Ecological Diver!
The diveRaid Ecological Diver course is a core module of our marine biology education system and we have both diving and non-diving options for this course. Click to find out more!
Marine Conservation Internships
Every month we start a new marine conservation internship program. You can decide whether you would like to stay for a week, two weeks or a month (even longer customized programs are available on request). This is the perfect way to broaden your general understanding about marine biology or specialist knowledge about marine science.
Help us protect our reef and coral ecosystems
Join our coral reef nursery, coral propagation and artificial reef projects to gain hands-on experience as well as the academic theory to help to protect and restore our reefs. We can expand this topic to provide a central thread for your marine conservation internship.
Marine conservation for kids!
If you want to get the kids off their iPads and doing something healthy and educational, we have some really fun programs for children. They will learn all about our marine ecosystem with some adapted marine biology education, collect plankton and analyze it in our lab, go diving or snorkeling then paint their experience on a tile that will become part of our artificial reef.This is the ideal way to get your children started with marine science activities.