Conservation with us is all about having fun while learning to appreciate the marine environment and getting actively involved in activities that will help preserve our oceans and promote environmental awareness. Throughout our work our aim is to inspire people and lead by example, encourage environmental awareness and individual development. We are proud that people who come to work with us leave as friends!
With the help of our volunteers, REEF.org Fish Identification and Coral Watch Monitoring Programmes are carried out on selected sites to monitoring coral reef health.
Our Lonfish Containment Programme aims to educate people about this invasive species, gather valuable data, as well as reduce the numbers of lionfish on Carriacou's reefs.
“After spending 3 weeks with Ocean Spirits in Grenada I was lucky enough to be able to spend the final week of my travels with the Caribbean Reef Buddies in Carriacou. During my short stay I learnt to scuba dive with 6 local Kayaks who where being trained up as coral gardeners, our last drive introduced them to the coral nursery which was so amazing. The conservation and community work CRB is undertaking is really interesting and very valuable to the local ecosystems. I had an amazing time with the team, fellow volunteers and the local Kayaks where all so friendly, I would highly recommend the project to anyone interested in any aspect of marine conservation, but one week is definitely not enough!! Thanks CRB and Deefer it was awesome, I am already looking forward to returning at some point to see progress with the coral garden and learn to hunt those Lion Fish!”
“As a student entering my first year of university I had the urge to do something exciting for the summer. I was apart of Deefer's Reef Ecologist program for the month of July and it was the best experience I've had! The team there is amazing, their hard work and passion for the ocean is inspiring. They always made sure we were comfortable and enjoying ourselves. We went diving about twice a day and always saw something new at every beautiful dive site... each day was an adventure. We were able to complete our advanced open water as well as 6 other certifications. From this trip I've made so many great memories and friends, Deefer Diver has sparked my love for diving THANK YOU!”
“In July I volunteered with their Caribbean Reef Buddy project where I and other volunteers spent a month obtaining our advanced open waters, and learned firsthand about coral reef conservation around the islands’ spectacular reefs. Our confidence as divers grew tremendously! We all obtained our fish ID, coral watch, lionfish containment specialty, deep and wreck dive certifications. It was one of the most fulfilling experiences I have had in my life. I can say that after spending more than a month with the folks at Deefer Diving, they really are the best. I could not be any happier. They are like a second family to me, all of whom I miss dearly. I am so grateful to have met them and for everything they have done for me. I look forward to coming back to see their smiling faces, and of course to do some great diving! If you come to Carriacou, Deefer is who you want to dive with, there's no contest hands down! In fact I have plans to return to do my divemaster. I can't wait!!”
Deefer Diving is Carriacou's premier PADI 5 Star Dive Resort and Instructor Development Resort.
Caribbean Reef Buddy supports Canadore College projects and field trips.
The Caribbean Reef Buddy Lionfish Containment Project is funded by the GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) which is implemented by UNDP.
Ocean Spirits run an active turtle conservation project based in Grenada.
The sign up process for Caribbean Reef Buddy Volunteer Programmes is managed by Working Abroad.