We welcome all scuba divers who would like to get involved in marine conservation to come and assist with our coastal research volunteer project. Eco Dive volunteering provides an ideal opportunity for marine biology, gap-year students or anyone keen to take part in species surveys to enjoy free warm water scuba diving whilst gaining an insight into the world of marine ecology.
Mediterranean biodiversity is high along the Montgri coast of the Costa Brava, due to the rocky coastline that has deterred tourist development, and the presence of Posidonia oceanica seagrass beds - an essential feeding and breeding habitat that has already disappeared from many Mediterranean countries. One of our research stations is now within the Medes, Montgri i Baix Ter Natural Park and we are closely monitoring the level of biodiversity.
Marine biology students gain valuable fieldwork experience by taking part in marine conservation surveys for the Silmar Project with our Eco Dive volunteers. They can also carry out their own marine research for coursework assignments whilst staying in volunteer accommodation and with our logistical support. But you don’t need to be a marine biologist to become an Eco Dive Volunteer!
PADI Open Water (or equivalent) is required to take part in underwater research as a volunteer. Take the course in the Mediterranean with English speaking instructors.
*New volunteers staying for at least two weeks.
**From €35 per night including Girona airport and daily transfers, self-catering facilities, sun terrace and WiFi.
Marine Life Costa Brava is an ongoing project, building a catalogue of the sea life that we encounter whilst fun diving and carrying out marine conservation research on the Costa Brava. If you are considering joining us as an Eco Dive volunteer please visit this site to see photos and information on the key species that we are monitoring for the Silmar Project.
We're divers. What does the sea do for us? So much, of course (adventure, pleasure, well-being, quality of life) but increasingly the question is not what the sea can do for us, but what we can do for the sea? How can we pay back some of its generosity?
The answer to this is remarkably easy. By eco-diving, which is what I did this summer with Kenna Eco-diving in L'Escala on Spain's Costa Brava. Free diving in return for the most rewarding work I've done for a long time, in or out of the water. From laying out transects to counting black and brown urchins, from identifying and mapping precious and false coral to recovering trash from the sea bed - I learned more about the marine environment in one week in August than in my previous four years' of diving.
If you truly care about the sea, eco-diving with Kenna under the skilled guidance of Marine Research Coordinator Gaynor Rosier is one way of turning that care into meaningful action.