Take the next step in your professional diving career by earning your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver in the Caribbean sea. Learn what life would be like if you chose to become a marine biologist by gaining first-hand insight into ongoing conservation projects in Mexico’s Riviera Maya.
If you are between the ages of 15 and 17, and have already earned your PADI Open Water Diver certificate, then you are well on your way to becoming a professional diver. Continue your diver training by joining other teens from around the world on Mexico’s Riviera Maya coast to perfect your diving skills and learn about what it takes to pursue a career in marine conservation.
GVI has successfully been operating ethical and responsible programs for under 18s since 2012. Since then, it has treated health and safety as a number one priority, and takes extra measures for its under 18 programs. As such, it is also a British Standards 8848 compliant provider.
Learn from real marine conservationists about the ongoing projects they set up and manage in Mexico. While it is important to remember that the specific details of each project change over time, we have listed some of the typical activities teens can expect to get involved in below.
Find out how the recovery of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world, is supported by local authorities growing coral fragments in laboratories for later transplantation onto the reef. Learn how you can start using a method of coral monitoring designed by the University of Queensland to assist them with conducting research of the effects of climate change and other environmental factors on coral reefs worldwide. Walk the famously idyllic Caribbean beaches conducting Endangered sea turtle and plastic pollution research. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the importance of sustainable fishing and coastal mangrove habitats.
You will also visit the region’s iconic cenotes a