Scuba dive training, basic marine species identification courses, and experience marine conservation in action
It is a great opportunity to learn to scuba dive (or for those already dive trained: Enhance dive skills and experience) whilst learning about tropical marine ecosystems. You will also get the opportunity to participate in some of our marine management and community development initiatives.
As a Reef Doctor EcoDiver, you will get PADI dive-trained, acquire coral reef underwater identification skills, and gain first-hand experience in the workings of a marine conservation NGO.
Following Your Training
Once you have completed your training you will be able to undertake ‘EcoDives’; advancing your learning of coral reef systems under the guidance of our science team.
EcoDiver volunteers undertake regular diving (weather dependent).
Night dives can also be arranged along with other PADI specialty dive courses, though these do come at an extra cost.
You will also have the opportunity to assist our team in a variety of our core research, management, conservation, and community projects.
Additional activities may include some of the following (although some are subject to season):
Why Choose Reef Doctor?
· On average, 80%–90% of your expedition contribution goes directly into our conservation work and the local economy in Madagascar.
· Our core staff are professionals in their respective fields, their knowledge and experience will be passed on to you throughout your expedition.
· Malagasy culture is vibrant and memorable. During your stay, you’ll experience it first hand; through getting to know our local Malagasy staff members, visits to Ifaty village and surrounding areas, and from participating in our education, research, and development projects. .
· Our expeditions attract people from all walks of life and from all over the world. You will make new friends with whom you will share memorable life experiences.
· Our work is part of a larger, global effort. It helps develop an understanding of marine resource management in developing countries and contributes scientific information to a much wider conservation community.
· Our programmes are designed with the community at their heart; our work is directed at helping local communities develop and grow while conserving their culture and resources.
· Our expeditions are all about making a difference and you’ll be contributing to helping us fulfil our long term ecological and social objectives in the Bay of Ranobe.
· As a Reef Doctor volunteer you’ll learn new skills, walk away with new experiences and a whole new level of scientific knowledge, and ultimately, you’ll have contributed to helping protect threatened marine ecosystems and the future livelihoods of the local Vezo people.