12 Weeks in The Bahamas: PADI + Advanced Marine Scientist Training Course

National Trust

Program Details

  • Date

     September 17, 2015

  • Departing

     7 January 2017, 23 September 2017

  • Price

    For 2017
     £4950 - 12 weeks
    For 2018
     TBC
    (Currency Converter)

  • Best For

     Bahamas, Marine Conservation, Programs

  • Availability

     Some Spaces Left

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Absolutely wonderful organisation, where the days are planned fully and the program is still flexible enough to incorporate other things you might want to do. Safety and security are first rate and reaching The Leap with questions is very easy. Having been a part of several programs with various organisations, I can safely say The Leap was by far the best and I would definitely go again!
Roz Walsh
Roz Walsh
Leaper Alumni

Your Itinerary

What you'll do and where you'll go, from the day you arrive until you hop on a plane back home.
  • Day 1 Andros Island
    You‘ll fly into Nassau airport and then catch a little island hopper to Andros Island, the largest and least-explored island in The Bahamas. You’ll end up on the Southern coast in a colourful beach side home, walking distance from the dive centre.
  • Day 2 PADI Dive Training
    The first 3 weeks will be spent getting your scuba skills up to the advanced level required to participate on the research program. Our aim is for you to dive 5 days per week, 4 being survey related and one for fun. Our local team in Andros is an accredited PADI Educational Dive centre and all their instructors are fully PADI certified.
  • Day 2 Marine Science Training
    Running parallel to the dive training is the Marine Science Training run by our incountry scientists who organise the program. This takes place in the afternoons and evenings covering marine biodiversity, conservation, ecology, biology and data collection techniques.
  • Day 28Advanced Padi Specialist Training
    During this time you'll have the chance to complete 3 extra padi specialist courses. such as an Underwater Navigation and a Fish Identification course.
  • + Staniard Creek Primary School
    Once a week you can head down the beach to the local village where you’ll find the Staniard Creek Primary School. Here you’ll help teach the kids about the local fish (and their body parts!) and give them swimming lessons in the sea.
  • Day 49 Bahamas National Trust Reef Survey
    Next up you’ll start working on the East Coast of Andros Island at Staniard Creek, where we work in partnership with the Bahamas National Trust to help survey the underwater environment of the Andros coastline with the aim of protecting the island against unplanned tourism.
  • 70Advanced Marine Science + Dive Management
    During the final couple of weeks you'll attend advanced academic lectures on marine science, complete a boat handling course and learn how to manage a survey team.
  • Day 84 Andros Island
    At the end you‘ll be escorted back to Andros for a final bit of sightseeing before heading home or onward travel.

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