DURATION: 15 days
DATES: Session #1: June 24 – July 8 | Session #2: July 8 – July 22 | Session #3: July 22 – August 5
- Scuba Diving: 4-5 Days
- Sea Turtle Conservation Project: 2-3 Days
- Sea Kayaking: 2-3 Days
- Sailing Tour: 1 Day
- Additional Island Activities: 1-2 Days
COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS: 20-28
CERTIFICATIONS: Scuba Diver or Advanced Scuba Diver Certification (National Association of Underwater Instructors) Participants under 15 will be eligible for junior scuba diver certifications.
COURSE REGIONS: Panama (Bocas del Toro Province); Costa Rica (San Jose and Cartago Provinces)
Caribbean Scuba & Service Details
Discover the natural wonders of Panama by lending a hand in local conservation projects and scuba diving tropical Caribbean waters.
Begin in the indigenous community of San San Pond Sak where you will learn from local biologists and assist with projects to protect the endangered leatherback sea turtle population. Discover why local sea turtle populations are in danger and learn about local solutions and long-term goals while helping out with needed projects at their conservation base. You will have the opportunity to work in their natural environment and might even help release newly-hatched turtles.
After your service project, head to the famous Caribbean archipelago of Bocas del Toro to begin the process of becoming scuba certified. Learn how to properly dive and discover spectacular tropical coral reefs up close and personal. Learning to scuba dive is a great way put academics into action as you experience physics and physiology in a very real, tangible way. Immerse yourself in Caribbean culture and work alongside your coursemates as you cook with local ingredients, sleep under thatched roofs, and learn first hand about the way of life for this small island community. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens forms the basis for our life-skill development for this course.
Discover more of the archipelago as you sea kayak through spectacular tropical mangrove areas and over remote shallow tropical reefs before spending the night at a distant indigenous island. Test your tenacity as you learn to wakeboard perfect your wakeboarding technique on some of the most ideal, calm warm waters found anywhere on earth. Top off this tropical Caribbean adventure with a day of sailing and dolphin watching.
For those who are already scuba certified, earn your advanced certification by participating in special dives including a night dive and a deep dive.
Interested in a longer adventure? Combine this two-week course with our other expeditions to create an unforgettable Summer Expedition program.
Inquire below about this course’s itinerary and how to design a two to five-week program based on your summer schedule.
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