Volunteer in Marine Conservation

Make a difference to the ocean's future.

Everyone can volunteer in marine conservation.

No experience required.

You don’t need a marine biology degree to join a marine conservation project. All you need is a love of the ocean and a willingness to learn. There are hundreds of ocean conservation projects around the world that rely on volunteers – people like you – to keep their vital work going.

These projects come in all shapes and sizes. You can join for any length of time – from a day, a couple of weeks, to months (or even longer). Why not try a holiday with a difference or join a project as part of a longer trip away? Learn how to gather data on the health of coral reefs, or ensure baby turtles make it to the sea. Help scientists conduct research into sharks and manta rays, or discover new information on whale migration routes. Count seabirds, plant mangroves, build artificial reefs, the list goes on…

As well as making a difference to the ocean and its inhabitants, you can also make a difference to yourself. Learn new skills or take part in environmental projects such as beach cleans and recycling schemes. Strenghten your C.V. with an NGO internship or educate local communities on the importance of marine conservation. Why not give scuba diving a go? Or gain more dive certifications all the way up to divemaster.

Most projects are run by non-profit organisations that requires a joining fee from each volunteer. This money is what keeps the project going. You may be surprised at how much you can get for your money compared with a typical holiday in the sun.

If you’re looking for an adventure, and a way to help the ocean, then explore Sea Fans today. What’s more, all sea fans can get a discount through out partner agencies.

Or, if you need some more advice, read our thoughts on how to choose the right marine conservation project for you. You never know where you may end up.

Discover your perfect marine conservation project.

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Looking for some inspiration?

Here are some of the most popular types of volunteer projects.

Scuba Diving

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there are hundreds of scuba diving volunteer projects to choose from.


If scuba diving is not for you, check out these exciting snorkelling volunteer opportunities.


All aboard. Sail the open ocean to help spot and protect all types of ocean megafauna.


Not all marine conservation takes place out at sea. Stay dry while giving the ocean some love.