Marine Conservation and Professional Diving Qualification

This diving and marine conservation internship offers unique opportunities to dive in, explore and protect a stunning underwater environment. Diving in the crystal clear waters of the Yasawa Island chain, consisting of 20 ancient islands, volcanic hillsides and pristine white-sand beaches, you'll be collecting data that will help establish community managed Marine Protected Areas and assist the community with developing sustainable management plans.

The internship begins with a Marine conservation expedition. You will live for 12 weeks with a research team and undergo an extensive training program, taking your diving skills through to advanced level and gaining an intimate knowledge of the marine ecosystem. This knowledge will be put to practice while you work as part of a team to compile crucial research on coral reef and fish species. 

On successful completion of the expedition you will proceed to complete your PADI Dive Master course during your 12 week work placement with a local dive centre.

This exciting opportunity will provide practical experience in the dive industry as you assist with daily operations.

Scuba Diving Requirements

You will spend the majority of your time on this internship scuba diving and as such you need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water, or equivalent before you start the internship. 

After a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work with selected partner organisations in Fiji, or in other affiliated countries around the world. Field work positions can be paid or unpaid, range in duration from one month to one year, and availability varies.

This is a 6 month program. Expect curriculum/training and housing & board expenses to in/around $11500 (fluctuates with local currency), and include the following comprehensive services:

    •    Pre-departure support and discounted services
    •    24-hour emergency phone
    •    Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
    •    Arrival orientation
    •    Long term experienced staff
    •    Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
    •    All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
    •    Welcome meeting
    •    Location orientation
    •    All necessary project training by experienced staff
    •    All necessary project equipment and materials
    •    24-hour in-country support
    •    Leading biological surveys course
    •    Teamwork and leadership experience
    •    Transfer to base location
    •    PADI Advanced Open Water
    •    PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
    •    First Aid & CPR training and certification
    •    Coral reef ecology
    •    Community work workshop
    •    Use of O2 equipment workshop
    •    Diving compressor training workshop
    •    PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master certifications (not including PADI professional fees)
    •    First Aid & CPR training
    •    Weekly evaulation with your mentor
    •    Final evaluation
    •    Certification and summary of training and experience received
    •    Confidential professional reference
    •    Work placement (if successful on training period)

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What to Expect?

Working days can be long and start early. Diving days begin with a team boat push followed by a short journey to one of the research dive sites. Other days may involve training on base, community days, beach cleans and bird surveys.

Depending on weather conditions, we aim for everyone to have 1 or 2 dives/snorkels each day, 5 days a week, during which you will conduct underwater surveys after completion of your training. Besides diving, you should expect to be involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal, environmental education session or alternative income training, depending on local and project needs. Days are rounded off with evening debriefs, followed by dinner and time to relax, take in a beautiful sunset and share stories.

You will spend your 1st half of the internship on base learning identification techniques and monitoring the marine environment. During the 2nd half, if successful you will be placed in a dive centre where you will undertake your Dive Master course while helping the centre with their day-to-day operations.

Days begin early to make the most of daylight hours and can be long once you complete your survey work under the water and all data has been reviewed.

When on base, accommodation is simple dormitory style living with restricted water supplies and cold water running showers. During the work placement, accommodation is of a higher standard that is shared with other participants.


  • Program ID: # 1831
  • duration:
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Fiji Yasawa Islands
    17° 51' 11.844" S, 178° 3' 59.0616" E
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Nadi (NAN)
  • Costs From:
    Over $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
    Learn Abroad
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