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Volunteer Eco Divers get free scuba diving

Discussion in 'Western Europe' started by Gaynor, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. Gaynor

    Gaynor Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Lescala, Catalunia, Costa Brava, Spain
    I have been Eco Diving, researching Posidonia oceanica seagrass and other coastal species, with the help of volunteer divers since 2003. I became a voluntary coordinator with the SILMAR Project when it began in 2009, and offer international divers the opportunity to gain underwater conservation research experience and enjoy free Mediterranean scuba diving volunteering with us at Kenna Eco Diving.

    The aim of the SILMAR Project is to research, map and record the marine flora and fauna within the coastal waters off the Iberian Peninsula. Information on the vast array of flora and fauna (bio-mass, biodiversity and health status) off the Spanish coast is being gathered by trained volunteer divers, collated and entered into a unique online database. This database provides a detailed record of indicator species against which future marine surveys can be compared.

    As a non-profit, research oriented organisation already working with marine scientists and volunteer divers, Kenna Eco Diving coordinates the research at two stations near LÂ’Escala. We are the only SILMAR Project voluntary coordinators working in the English language and offering subsidised residential placements for international volunteer divers to assist with this marine conservation research.

    Volunteer Eco Divers receive full induction training on the SILMAR protocol to enable them to take an active role in underwater surveys of key species. We carry out two research dives daily at one of two research sites, and volunteer divers are always accompanied by SILMAR research volunteers/coordinators. We carry out a Project AWARE clean up dive at each site once a week and are also concerned with protecting the seagrass Posidonia oceanica from damage by pleasure boat anchoring. Please sign our petition.

    Volunteers get to dive in the wonderful Medes Islands Marine Reserve as part of their induction training and all Eco Diving is free to volunteers staying in subsidised accommodation provided via Kenna Eco Diving. Divers are welcome to volunteer from two weeks to several months from May to October each year.
    jprvita likes this.
  2. Pedroinspain

    Pedroinspain Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: On the edge of the Med
    I can vouch for Gaynor's group being a team dedicated to the preservation of a fragile yet important Mediterranean ecosystem, and to the involvement of young researchers. Well done Kenna Eco Diving.

    Please support this group for your vacation needs.

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