Both qualified and non-qualified divers can join our SCUBA diving expeditions. We train and certify non-diving volunteers up to PADI Advanced Open Water standard prior to taking part in our underwater survey dives. PADI Dive training is carried out in the first two weeks and we also offer further PADI qualifications up to PADI Divemaster for those volunteers who wish to increase their dive experience and qualifications .
Due to the nature of the research our staff and volunteers carry out, it is essential that everyone has full control of their buoyancy and excellent spatial awareness whilst working near fragile coral reefs. For this reason the ‘Peak Performance Buoyancy’ Adventure Dive is a compulsory component of the PADI Advanced Open Water Course when we teach it.
For those who fall in love with diving and wish to further their qualifications, we offer PADI Emergency First Response (EFR), PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Divemaster courses. Please see the expedition Other costs page for more info.
Diving with South Pacific Projects
There are a huge variety of coral reefs and marine life in Fiji. For our ‘point-out’ dives, we use several local sites that are normally brimming with coral species and the targeted invertebrates and fish species we teach volunteers to recognise. Many sites we visit have never been surveyed before and there are many more waiting to be discovered. If you are used to cold water diving in the UK or USA for example, you will find the clear warm waters of Fiji a joy! We are very lucky to see many endangered or threatened species during our dives, like the critically endangered Hawksbill turtle, Napoleon Wrasse and several species of shark. We also have several sites where we like to spot tiny, colorful Nudibranchs.
The deeper waters of the outer reefs are home to large schools of Red Snapper, Barracuda and other larger fish species. Many of our past volunteers have told us that they saw some of the most amazing sights of their life during SCUBA dives with us. Every year from July to September there are Humpback Whales in the area on their annual migration and we also sometimes see Spinner dolphins when we visit our dive sites. The lagoonal waters are visited by pods of these Spinner dolphins which sometimes approach our boat to bow ride, a wonderful way to start your day on the way to a morning dive!
Our Fijian island marine conservation expeditions allow you to experience one of Fiji’s last un-dived locations, whilst learning about conservation issues and helping to establish Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)