Diving Courses | Scientific Data Collection Dives | On Land Activities

Dive Courses

You don’t have to be a diver to join our program; a part of our program is your diving certification. Are you already a diver? Than you will receive your next level of certification as part of your program.

We collaborate closely with PADI 5 star IDC Dive Resort Oceans 5. No matter what course you would like to do, the instructors of Oceans5 will make sure it will be a fun and unforgettable memory. Together we offer you a full range of PADI dive courses, from your Open Water course to your Divemaster certification. In your first days of the program you will complete your diving course and your scientific diving courses

PADI Open Water Diver Course

To become a PADI Open Water diver you need sufficient swimming skills and want to be in suitable physical health. It’s not necessary to have previous knowledge or experience. The course takes around 3.5 days and focus on Knowledge Development so you understand the basic principles of scuba diving, Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills and four Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore the magical underwater world.

Once you completed your PADI Open Water course you are certified to dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 18 meter. Happy Bubbles!

PADI Advanced Open Water Course

Are you an Open Water Diver and do you want to improve your skills and expand your knowledge? Sign up for you PADI Advanced Open Water Course. During this 2/3 course you will do five different adventure dives of your choice. Each dive you focus on a different subject, for example: night diving, wreck diving, deep diving, how to navigate underwater, how to make great pictures underwater, how to improve your buoyancy or learn more about fish and corals. There is no exam involved in this course, its al about diving!

PADI Rescue Diver & EFR Course

The PADI Rescue Diver Course is the most challenging and rewarding course you can do. You will not only learn how to improve your dive skills but also how look after other divers. During this course you get trained to solve several problems that can appear underwater and on land. What do to when your buddy starts panicking underwater? How can you avoid dehydration or a heat stroke? What are the steps to follow when you find out your buddy went missing?

The PADI Rescue Diver Course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. And during rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills.

But be careful: for most people the PADI Rescue Diver Course is the first step in their professional diving career 😉

Scientific Dive Courses

Besides your PADI Open Water Course or your next level of certification, you will receive 2 scientific diving courses as part of your program.

Scientific Diver Course

Become a research diver with this specially designed specialty course for the BRUV project and for being a survey diver. Learn the different indicator fish species and improve your diving skills. Focusing on underwater research and data collection technique

Shark Conservation Diver Course

This 2-day Project AWARE diver specialty course includes a workshop discussing current topics in global shark conservation and 2 dives at Shark Point and Manta Point identifying reef sharks. During this course we focus on the value of sharks to marine ecosystems and economies, we educate you about the causes of declining shark populations and we help you to understand what is missing in current shark fisheries management.

Scientific Data Collection Dives | Land Activities 

Survey Dives

Always lead by a dive instructor/research diver, you will participate in group abundance data collection of the indicator species. Study the pre-arrival fish ID study guide before your program starts so you can participate fully in the survey dives. Counting sharks, rays, turtles, and large predatory bony fishes on each dive. Shark warriors will be responsible for inputting this data during our office time.

BRUV Analysis

BRUV stands for Baited Remote Underwater Video and it is dropped onto the ocean floor by staff members 4+ times a week and left to record for one hour. Your role is to prepare and help deploy and retrieve the BRUV while collecting all the necessary data including salinity, current, and temperature measurements. 

Once the data is collected it needs to go through a strict analysis. In pairs, you watch the BRUV videos for any sharks, rays, and predatory species while recording the information to be sent to our lead scientists from around the world.

On Land Activities

During this time we study, analyze and input the data collected that day into various sources and watch the BRUV video footage. It is also time to prepare for our weekly community outreach programs and work in individual projects assigned to you during your stay.

The Gili Shark Conservation Project works closely with the local community. That’s why we find it important that you understand the basics of Bahasa Indonesia. A professional teacher from Lombok will come once a week to your Villa to teach you the basics of the Indonesia language and Indonesian Cultural lessons. And a big bonus for you is that your knowledge of the Indonesian language will definitely help you bargaining when you go shopping.

A part of your program is participating with local environmental organizations to give back to the wonderful community of the Gili Islands. With different projects every week we encourage you to find ways to give back using your own personal strengths and skills.