DURATION: 15 days
SUMMER 2018 DATES:
Session #1: June 23 – July 7
Session #2: July 7 – July 21
Session #3: July 21 – August 4
- 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.
SEND AN INQUIRY
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 eight-week program based on your summer schedule.
Submit an Inquiry - Summer Expeditions
“My Outward Bound Costa Rica course was life-changing. I’m ready to do things I thought I couldn’t.”
– Hannah, 16 –
“I’ve become more appreciative, and I now want to be helpful to the less fortunate.”
– Maddy, 20 –
“Outward Bound Costa Rica opened up my eyes to a whole new part of the world.”
– Anna, 16 –
“It was a wonderful experience: eye-opening, enlightening and fun!”
– Max, 15 –
“Words can’t describe it: you just have to try it for yourself!”
– Graham, 16 –
“My Outward Bound experience was a life changing expedition where I’ve tested my limits, learned scuba and got to make an impact on the world.”
– Zane, 14 –
“This course challenged me and everything I thought I knew about myself—I will be going home a more confident, more aware individual; going outside my comfort zone and living in a different culture was an incredible experience that I will never forget.”
– Julia, 22 –
“You learn so much about not only yourself but also about how you impact the world around you.”
– Alaya, 16 –
“A once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget.”
– Keera, 16 –
“Never before have I had so little, and grown so much. Hiking phase was my favorite phase because I truly felt challenged. It was by far the most rugged, I felt close to nature and who I truly am. It’s the type of experience that you can’t help but grow from.”
– Nathan, 18 –
“It was amazing to see and touch sea turtles. I learned to help others, and never give up.”
– Joaquin, 14 –
“I got the chance to improve myself as an individual while having a blast with my team.”
– Daniel, 17 –
“A great leap outside your comfort zone, exposing you to the wonders of the world and your home.”
– Ethan, 15 –
“It pushed me out of my comfort zone and I became aware of how fortunate I am.”
– Francesco, 17 –
“Amazing beyond words and something one can only dream about. I grew leaps and bounds, I would do it again and again.”
– Era, 20 –
“An amazing adventure, while making good friends and having fun.”
– Zachary, 18 –