Who: Whale Shark & Oceanic Research Centre
Where: Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras
What: Marine conservation internship focused on whale shark monitoring and surveying coral reefs.
- Learn to carry out coral reef surveys through reef fish identification, research diving skills, and coral reef surveying techniques.
- Learn whale shark population monitoring skills.
- Take part in community outreach and environmental education programmes.
- Gain experience of conservation and eco-tourism issues on a Caribbean island.
Go Pro: Combine the marine conservation internship with your PADI Divemaster or Instructor courses.
When: All year round | Best time for whale sharks is March to April (however whale sharks are sighted regularly throughout the year).
Duration: Min. 1 month
Independent Research: Volunteers are able to conduct their own research projects.
Suitability: Over 18s. Volunteers should be confident swimmers
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Divemaster and Instructor Internships
‘Divemaster and Conservation’ and ‘Instructor and Marine Research’ Internships are run in partner with the Bay Islands College of Diving. This 3 month internship combines professional diving tuition with marine conservation activities, including:
- Training and data collection in benthic and fish monitoring studies.
- Whale shark research and identification.
- Lionfish regulation management.
- Introduction to how NGO’s operate within Marine Protected Areas.
- Get involved with coordinating and leading ecotours.
Bay Islands College of Diving Green Credentials:
- PADI Green Star Award.
- The first 100% Project AWARE centre on Utila.
- Founders of The Whale Shark & Oceanic Research Center.
- Whale shark tracking and monitoring.
- Coral reef monitoring programme.
- ReefCheck member.
- Lionfish management, in partnership with Oxford University and Operation Wallacea.
Visit Bay Islands College of Diving for more info.
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