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JOIN THE REEF BUDDY VOLUNTEERS

Our programs are designed to provide you with the complete training to take an active part in our ongoing marine & coral reef conservation projects. No prior experience is required. All we ask is that you are 18 years or older, have an interest in marine conservation, and are physically fit for scuba diving. We will provide all training, materials & equipment!

VOLUNTEER FOR 2 WEEKS

Caribbean Reef Buddy Coral Watch training

Our 2 week volunteer program is comprised of the following activities & training: PADI Open Water Diver*, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver*, AWARE Fish Identification, Reef.org roving diver survey methods & dives, Digital U/W Imaging (optional), Lionfish Containment specialty training, dives & data collection, Coral Watch survey techniques & data collection dives.

*If you are already qualified to the required level, you may be doing orientation dives during this time.

28th April to 11th May
26th May to 8th June
30th June to 13th July
28th July to 10th August
25th August to 7th September

14 Nights shared accommodation
Breakfast & evening meals 
All required course materials
Scuba equipment use
PADI certification fees

You can expect to be doing 18-20 dives in total.

Refer to the Essential Information section for Prices, What's Not Included and a useful Things To Pack list.

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VOLUNTEER FOR 4 WEEKS: REEF CHECK ECODIVER

Our four week volunteer program is comprised of the following activities & training: PADI Open Water Diver*, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver*, AWARE Fish Identification, Reef.org survey methods & dives, Digital U/W Imaging (optional), Lionfish Containment specialty training, dives & data collection, Coral Watch survey techniques & data collection dives, Reef Check survey protocols/accreditation & data collection dives. During the four weeks you will also get the opportunity to visit Sandy Island, White Island and the famous Tobago Cays Marine Park.

*If you are already qualified to the required level, you may be doing orientation dives during this time.

28th April to 25th May
26th May to 22nd June
30th June to 27th July
28th July to 24th August
25th August to 21st September

28 Nights shared accommodation
Breakfast & evening meals 
All required course materials
Scuba equipment use
PADI certification fees
Reef Check Ecodiver certification

White Island trip & BBQ, Sandy Island trip & BBQ, Tobago Cays trip.

You can expect to be doing 35-40 dives in total.

Refer to the Essential Information section for Prices, What's Not Included and a useful Things To Pack list.

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VOLUNTEER FOR 8 WEEKS: ECO DM PROGRAM

Caribbea Reef Buddy Divemaster Program

Join our Eco Divemaster program, complete all your dive training, from Open Water through to professional rating of PADI DM. We guarantee at least 60 dives to complete your course. You will gain a thorough understanding of our marine conservation projects as you experience life on the volunteer program, progress through your dive training, and gain certifications in reef monitoring, lionfish containment, and PADI programs.

Your two month volunteer experience will include Emergency First Response and PADI Rescue diver training, culminating in the challenging and rewarding Divemaster course. You will leave Carriacou with the PADI professional rating of Divemaster – able to seek employment with your new skills in dive centres all over the world!

28th April to 22nd June
26th May to 20th July
30th June to 24th August
28th July to 21st September

56 Nights shared accommodation
Breakfast & evening meals
All four week program activities
All required course materials*
Scuba equipment use
PADI certification fees
Reef Check Ecodiver certification
PADI Divemaster Crew Pack**

*You will need to bring your own SMB & reel, and we highly recommend investing in your own dive computer!
**Please note that the PADI Membership fee is directly payable to PADI.

White Island trip & BBQ, Sandy Island trip & BBQ, Tobago Cays trip. 

You can expect to be doing 60-80 dives in total.

Refer to the Essential Information section for Prices, What's Not Included and a useful Things To Pack list.

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TRAINING AVAILABLE TO VOLUNTEERS

PADI Open Water course at Caribbean Reef Buddy

PADI Open Water Diver

Required for all programs

Learn to dive! The PADI Open Water Diver course qualifies you to dive anywhere in the world: working in small groups with a dedicated instructor, you will build confidence in the water and gain the skills to become a responsible scuba diver.

PADI Advanced Open Water at Caribbean Reef Buddy

PADI Advanced Open Water

Required for all programs

Dive deeper, learn to navigate underwater and improve your buoyancy control! The Advanced Open Water can also include an optional Night Dive and Digital Underwater Imaging Photography/Videography Dive.

Caribbean Reef Buddy Coral Watch

Coral Watch

Core training, all programs

Learn to classify coral found on Caribbean reefs, the importance of coral reef conservation, how to conduct Coral Watch surveys and submit the data you have gathered, and earn the Coral Watch PADI distinctive specialty.

Reef.org Fish Identification Caribbean Reef Buddy

Fish ID / Reef.org Surveys

Core training, all programs

This  Project AWARE specialty teaches you how to identify common Caribbean reef fish and the terminology used in fish identification. You will become a REEF.org member, conduct roving diver surveys, and submit your data online.

Carriacou Lionfish Containment Program

Lionfish Containment

Core training, all programs

What are invasive lionfish, and what can we do to contain lionfish on our reefs? Support the Carriacou Lionfish Containment Program by becoming a Lionfish Containment Specialist, and learn how to gather valuable data from catch analysis. 

Caribbean Reef Buddy Reef Check

Reef Check Ecodiver

4 & 8 week programs

This course teaches you everything you need to take an active part in our ongoing Reef Check monitoring surveys, and includes Reef Check methodology and identification training for fish, invertebrates & substrates. Includes both classroom and field work.

AGGRA Coral reef survey training

AGGRA

Optional add-on to 4 & 8 week programs

AGRRA surveys have helped build one of the largest open-access public databases of coral reef condition. You will learn how to identify key reef organisms, their role in reef health, and how to scientifically monitor, track and understand these systems, and submit the data collected.

Emergency First Response Carriacou Grenada

Emergency First Response

Prerequisite to Rescue & Divemaster

Learn valuable First Aid skills! The Emergency First Response (EFR) course is a valuable experience for everybody - not just for divers! Anybody with an interest in learning First Aid can take this course. Covers primary care and secondary care skills.

PADI Rescue Diver

Available on 8 week program only

Becoming a Rescue Diver makes you more aware of what's going on around you - you identify and help resolve problems before they occur, and become a more confident diver because you have been taught how to handle yourself in an emergency underwater or on the surface.

PADI Eco Divemaster training Caribbean Reef Buddy

PADI Divemaster

Available on 8 week program only

The Eco Divemaster program combines the PADI professional development courses with our ongoing projects and conservation efforts thus ensuring our students are not just dive professionals but also trained and experienced environmental ambassadors.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

For more useful information refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Two Week Package 
GBP £1916.00 / USD $2509.96 

Four Week Package
GBP £3093.00 / USD $4051.72

Eight Week Package
GBP £5102.00 / USD $6683.00
(excluding PADI professional membership fee)

Costs are dependent on the duration of your stay. Extra night accommodation on Carriacou is available at GBP £26.75 / USD $35.00 per night- this does not include extra diving and must be booked in advance.

All above costs include hotel accommodation (based on a shared rooms) with breakfast and evening meals provided. All dive training, or free fun diving in lieu of courses, equipment rental and PADI course fees and PADI manuals are also included as well as project t-shirts and wrist bands. Airfares, transfers to Carriacou, medical/travel insurance and personal expenses are not included. It is compulsory for all volunteers take out travel/medical (including dive) insurance prior to joining the project.

Not included in your volunteer package:
Airfares
Visas
Transfers to Carriacou
Medical insurance
Travel insurance
Dive insurance
Lunch meal
Bus fares
Dive Medical*

Excursions that are not part of our monitoring activities or training programs
(some volunteers wish to island hop to explore more of the island chain).

*You will be required to complete a PADI Medical Statement prior to commencing any PADI course. If a Yes appears to any question on your statement, we advise you to consult your doctor and get them to complete the reverse of the form before the start of your program with us.

General Kit List
Laptop (WiFi is available)
Sunscreen (minimum SPF30, reef friendly preferred)
Sunglasses
Beach towel or sarong
Hat, bandana or baseball cap
Bathing suits, bikinis, swim shorts etc
Light, short-sleeved shirts or tank tops
Light, long sleeved top
Shorts & T-shirts
Sandals or flip flops
Water bottle
Watch with alarm (waterproof up to 100 m) or dive computer
Proof of dive qualifications and Dive logbook (if available)
Rash vest
Camera (waterproof to at least 20m or an appropriate underwater housing for your camera)
Mosquito repellent
Rain jacket with hood
Hiking boots or walking shoes if you wish to hike in High North Park

Turtle Monitoring Kit List
Headlamp or torch, red light option is suggested (red lights only allowed on the beach during patrols)
Spare batteries (rechargeable batteries and charger are preferable)
Raincoat or plastic poncho with hood (needs to be light and breathable)
Comfortable and easy-to-clean walking shoes for walking in mangroves, sand, and on trails (preferably quick-dry, as they will likely be getting wet)
Backpack or daypack (for carrying your things to the beach and during patrols)
Long trousers
Light shirt with long sleeves

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