If you think of the Croatian coast, chances are you’ll picture sparkling clear Mediterranean waters, beaches full of swimmers and an abundance of sea life. While this is often the case, it still requires plenty of work from dedicated marine conservationists to keep the water clean and reduce sea pollution.
As a Marine Conservation volunteer, you’ll help a local dive school to restore and maintain the natural state of the marine ecosystem around Croatia. You’ll be learning and using your scuba diving skills to make a real difference with ocean clean-ups and other activities to help the natural ecosystem be as pristine as possible.
You’ll help to collect trash from the sea, log information on items collected, learn more about the marine ecosystem and how to protect it, and observe and identify fish. Depending on the time of the year, and after you earn your certification, you can also join a local scuba diving center on underwater cleanup weekends in more remote areas around Split, which will further your impact in cleaning and protecting the sea and marine life in Croatia.
This project is open to beginners without any diving experience, though you will have to gain dive certification before engaging in any type of underwater conservation activities. Your Program Fee covers the cost of the required online and in-person training, full scuba equipment hire and volunteer supervision from an experienced dive instructor.
All volunteers complete the internationally-recognized SSI (Scuba Schools International) diving certifications. The specific certification you complete will depend on your diving experience and the length of your stay. Courses range from Scuba Diver through to Open Water Diver, and can include specialty courses such as Marine Ecology and Fish Identification.
Please note in your application if you have any existing dive certifications. If you do, you will need to send a copy of these along with your diving log book through to our local team in Croatia prior to your program starting. All volunteers are also required to provide a medical certificate which clears them for diving. You can choose to support this project for 1-4 weeks between the months of May to November.Apply now