This PADI divemaster training program combines professional diving training in the Caribbean with a biodiversity conservation project. Coral reefs are essential to the health of the planet and this part of the ocean is home to one of the largest in the world. The latter is the habitat of many species, including sea turtles and manatees. But it is threatened by a range of anthropogenic factors, including the climate crisis, unsustainable tourism and fishing, and pollution.
During this course, you will not only learn how to master diving, but also how best to contribute to the conservation of reefs, oceans and other natural habitats.
Our base for PADI divemaster training in Belize is located on the country's largest island, Ambergris Caye, known for its proximity to the Belize Barrier Reef and its countless dive and snorkel sites. Our accommodation is a short walk from the beach and the only town on the island, San Pedro.
Like all of our environmental training abroad, this project in Belize provides access to a comprehensive learning experience while contributing to the preservation of the region's ecosystems.
Your overseas environmental mission will begin even before you set foot in Belize. While you are still at home, you will receive our pre-program training. Be sure to take this training before you arrive, otherwise you will spend your first few weeks in Belize in front of a computer screen or with your nose in a book. We prefer that you begin practical training as soon as you arrive on base. Thus, you will quickly be on the reef and you will take readings.
A typical day might include training, diving and research. Participants should also expect to do any maintenance or organization of dive gear, such as refilling oxygen cylinders and performing safety tests. The days end with debriefs in the evening, followed by dinner and time to relax. Between shifts, you'll have plenty of time to lounge on the beach, enjoy Caribbean sunrises and sunsets, and swap stories with staff members and fellow PADI divemaster training participants.
This PADI divemaster training program is part of the so-called "career" projects. In addition to the mission that you carry out on site, it allows you to benefit from real support, and to access the position of project coordinator in 6 months. Here you combine theoretical training with practical learning, with online modules to be completed after the end of the mission. At the end of the program, you obtain an international certification recognized and issued by the University of Richmond, in the United States.
The accompaniment is therefore present upstream, on site but also downstream of the project. During the course of the mission, you will also have a remote project to carry out: you will have to solve a problem with other partner organizations in marine conservation, environment, animal protection... A coach will follow you and support you to help you better in solving these problems, and at the end of the project you will have access to a platform of job offers in NGOs, following the professional training you will have received.
Remote projects included in professional training will be carried out AFTER having carried out the mission in the field.
If your training lasts 4-11 weeks, you will work on a remote project for a period of 4 weeks after completing the field assignment.
If your training lasts 12 weeks or more, you will work on 2 remote projects for a duration of 8 weeks after completing the field mission.
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After 12 weeks of training and work, your skills will be assessed again. If you pass the assessments successfully, we will find you an internship at a dive center specializing in marine conservation ecotourism. There you will work with local staff, develop your divemaster skills, and help educate tourists and other budding divers on how they can help protect the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, other coral reefs, and the oceans of the world. After 12 weeks of successful work, you will have enough experience to earn your divemaster rating and have the skills and knowledge to use that rating for the good of the planet.
Keep in mind that our aim is to dive as much as possible, weather conditions change quickly in the Caribbean which means dives can sometimes be canceled at the last minute. You'll quickly learn, however, that most of the projects that have the greatest impact on marine conservation goals take place on land, and you'll support those initiatives when you're not diving.
First, we will send you the necessary training materials and encourage you to complete them fully before setting foot in Belize for your PADI divemaster training. Once you arrive at our base on the island of Ambergris Caye, you will begin your hands-on training in scuba diving and marine conservation. If you study diligently and pass all the assessments with a sufficient level, you will be invited to join the other trainees in carrying out surveys of the Belize Barrier Reef.
Our teams work closely with local organizations on long-term projects. They work only under the supervision of the community leaders and at their request.