We have been invited by the Seychelles government and local NGO's, to assist their priority biological study and conservation programmes, coral reef research, whale shark migration, turtle nesting research, and in water turtle, octopus and lobster surveys.
As an expedition member joining the team, you will spend your time diving upon the coral reef, collecting characterisation and monitoring identification and abundance data on invertebrates and fish species. We operate 2 marine bases in the inner granitic islands, both within National Marine Parks next to stunning palm-fringed beaches and forested areas. The paradise of the Seychelles is the ideal location to enjoy conducting marine research, relaxing and exploring a well-preserved and tranquil tropical archipelago.
This is an amazing opportunity to work in an untouched area. You will also be able to increase your dive qualifications to PADI Advanced Diver and take some PADI Speciality courses. Another option is to extend your dive qualifications further at a discounted rate at a local dive centre.
As an expedition member, you will be involved in some/all of the following projects: Invertebrate fisheries surveys Coral reef and bleaching recovery monitoring through SCUBA diving surveys. In-water sea turtle, octopus and lobster surveys. Sea Turtle nesting surveys (in season). Whale shark incidental surveys. Cetacean sighting recordings Assisting in research in Curieuse National Park alongside local rangers Assisting in the development of the environmental education and awareness programmes.
Expedition Members will need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water or equivalent at the start of the expedition.
If you would like to join the expedition, but have not dived before, we can book you onto a PADI Open Water course at a local dive centre before the start of the expedition (we can arrange this for you)
Our comprehensive training programme will provide you with all the skills necessary for expedition life, such as marine survey techniques, species identification and data collation.
Daily Life Weather, season and training permitting, you should expect to have approximately five to ten dives per week on the reef, collecting crucial data on fish species, invertebrates and coral.
At the end of each day, you will eat, relax and socialise with the rest of the team as you recount your sightings from below the surface. Life on the base will be simple island living, sleeping in basic dormitory style accommodation with shared bathrooms as well as sharing cooking and cleaning duties around base.
Weekends will be yours to explore the beautiful surrounding area and islands as you immerse yourself in the Creole culture of the Seychelles.
What is included Pre-departure support and discounted services Airport pick up and transfer to base Food and accommodation National Park fees and permits All training materials, dive and science equipment Discounted PADI Open Water Courses locally arranged prior to expedition PADI Advanced Open Water course with all materials included PADI Coral Reef Researcher specialty First Aid training course Heavily discounted further dive training options up to PADI Divemaster Comprehensive training necessary for research techniques Discounted accommodation around the island for weekends off 24 hour in country support 24 hour emergency phone line in the UK Free Careers Abroad field work placement and job vacancy service for ALL former Expedition Members (successful placements depend upon aptitude and attitude)
What's Not Included Flights Medical and travel insurance Visa costs Personal kit Additional drinks and gratuities Extra local excursions International and domestic airport taxes Airport transfers
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This trip: Marine Conservation & Research in Seychelles
my time in the Seychelles.... what can i say, it was a fasinating experience.
Learning the coral (all 47 in latin), diving 5 days a week. white beaches; blue, blue water; lots of mega fauna; and the stars, so clear and bright.
The staff were wonderful, very patient and passionate about what they do. always willing to sit down and help or answer any questions you have.
The weather was hot, the water warm, the grass and trees green.
They have a sattelite camp on an island where giant tortoises live, after 5pm it is basically just you and a few others and the tortoises on this island, absolutly beautiful.
The diving in the Seychelles is one of the best i have dived. The vis is almost always 18-20 meters, with green and hawksbill turtles swimming past you. giant humphead parrot fish, the coral are bright and abundant.
Don't mistake me, you work hard also, you cook, clean, fill tanks, help where it is needed, but it is worth it. if you can do this trip, do it. 2 thumbs up.