The Marine Protected Area Project (MPAP)

Description of the Divemaster and research internship

The Marine Protected Area Project was founded by Marine Biologists from Research University of Dahlousie in Halifax, Canada and PADI Dive Instructors from the Bali Diving Academy who is located at the heart of the Marine Protected Area of Nusa Penida.

The goal of the MPAP encompasses three interlinked aspects:

 

  • the collection of crucial data by doing coral surveys and fish identification for Coral Triangle Center in Indonesia. Coral Triangle Center is the only organisation who defines and takes care of Marine Protected Area in the coral triangle countries and who is allowed and able to make the bridge between governments, associations and local communities. Hence the goal is to gather data which will be used to protect one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. Recovery dives are also done with the Bali Diving Academy and Coral Triangle Center along with the interns of the MPAP.

 

  • To contribute to identify the majestic manta rays for the MantaMatcher programme of Marine Megafauna foundation by scuba diving on feeding and cleaning stations for Manta rays in the MPA.

 

  • To train committed underwater naturalist by giving them the necessary background (5 modules of theory is also taught by the Marine Biologist) to work in serious conservation projects or as a responsible and knowledgeable professional diver thanks to their valued contribution in the MPAP. At the end of this internship, the trainee will not only be a professional scuba diver but will also have a solid understanding of our oceans, how they are interconnected, and what we can do to keep them healthy for the generations to come.

 

You will be assigned a mentor who is Marine Biologist and the internship is done at the Bali Diving Academy Lembongan. The Academy is renowned for its professionalism exists since 1991, has a 100% safety record, is Green Fins certified with the best score in Indonesia, collaborates closely with Marine Megafauna Foundation, Coral Triangle Center and National Geographic and is pioneer in diving training in Indonesia.

 

Requirements for application

There is no need to be a diver or scientist to participate in the project and to apply. However, as this internship is done in conjunction with the PADI Divemaster course https://scubali.com/diving-course/padi-divemaster-course.html,  and as you will spend a lot of time in the water, you need to be at least PADI Open Water Course certified. The protections of our nature, environment and underwater biodiversity need to be important subjects to you.

 

Who should apply and how?

If you want to make career in the marine conservation, marine biology, diving industry and/or share your knowledge on fish as well as coral identification with your divers, this internship is for you!

If you are a student at university this internship can be approved and can give you credit points.

In order to guarantee an internship in the best conditions, we accept only a limited number of trainees. Don't hesitate to enrol now or ask more information by simply writing an email at: noellie@scubali.com (please cc marinebio@scubali.com), you can also send an inquiry by the Inquiry form or send us a WhatsApp on +62 818 082 226 56.

 

How long is it and how much does it cost?

The duration depends at which level of PADI certification you are starting, however the minimum length is 4 weeks. The cost for the PADI Divemaster course with UNLIMITED DIVES (outside the months of July and August) along with the Internship Marine Protected Area Project is IDR (Indonesian rupiah) 19'000'000 in total.

What are the extra costs?

  • IDR 3'800'000 PADI Crew Pack to pay to PADI (study materials for the Padi Divemaster Program)
  • IDR 2'500'000 processing and 1st year PADI Pro Membership fees (approx), also payable to PADI.

Estimation of additional costs:

Transportation from and to the airport IDR 550'000

Accommodation of around IDR 3'600'000 per month depending if you come in low or high season. When you share a room this cost can also be shared.

Lunch is offered when diving