We welcome scuba divers to assist with our marine conservation research projects as citizen scientists. Eco Dive research volunteering provides marine biology, gap-year students or any diver keen to take part in marine species surveys the opportunity to enjoy free scuba diving whilst learning about the coastal ecology and biodiversity of the Costa Brava area of the Mediterranean Sea.
We have been researching the keystone seagrass Posidonia oceanica since 1999, and in 2009 became voluntary coordinators for the Silmar Project.
Key species are monitored and impacts upon the marine environment noted at two research stations, one of which is within the Medes, Montgri i Baix Ter Natural Park.
In 2014 we began the Seahorse Project to assess the numbers and the pressures upon local European seahorse populations. We share this data with The Seahorse Trust and Project Seahorse. Volunteer for several weeks to be able to participate in the Seahorse Project.
Students seeking intensive Marine Biology fieldwork experience on a 10 week placement can apply for a subsidised internship. The special subsidised rate is offered to just a handful of students each season. These marine conservation internships offer a very affordable marine volunteering experience for those on a limited budget.
You don’t need to be a marine biologist to become an Eco Dive Research Volunteer. Any keen diver can join us for a minimum of two weeks!
PADI Open Water (or equivalent) is required to take part in underwater research as a volunteer. You can study the theory online and take the practical course in the Mediterranean Sea. (Allow an extra week prior to starting volunteer diving.)
*Free to new volunteers staying for at least three weeks.
**From under 30.00 GBP per night inc. Girona airport and daily transfers, self-catering facilities, sun terrace and WiFi.
***Volunteers research diving for three weeks or more.
Marine Life Costa Brava is an ongoing project, building a catalogue of the sea life that we see whilst fun diving and carrying out marine conservation research. Visit this site to see photos and information on the key species that we are monitoring for the Silmar Project and the amazing marine biodiversity of the Costa Brava.