Learn to dive / improve your dive skills
During your first week on Gili Air, we will train you to become a scientific diver and make you formiliar with research methods we are using. Furthermore you will complete your Conservation Diver ‘Shark Ecology and Population Studies Course‘.
If you stay for 3 weeks or longer you will also complete your next level of diving certification and the Conservation Diver ‘Sea Turtle Ecology & Monitoring Course’. If you are currently an PADI Open Water Dive, you will receive your PADI Advance Open Water Diving Course and if you are already a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, you will complete your PADI Rescue Course as part of your program.
Curious what you will learn during these courses, how long they take and how much time you will spend in the magical underwater world, keep on reading!
PADI Dive Courses
PADI Open Water Dive 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 focuses on Knowledge Development, so you understand the basic principles of scuba diving, Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills and 4 Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore the magical underwater world diving Gili Islands!
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 want to improve your skills and expand your knowledge? Sign up for you PADI Advanced Open Water Course. During this 2-3 day course you will do five different adventure dives of your choice.
On 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, it’s all about diving and gaining experience!
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 to look after other divers.
During this course you get trained to solve several problems that can appear underwater and on land. What to do 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 watch out for and how to respond in case of an emergency.
But be careful: for most people the PADI Rescue Diver Course is the first step in their professional diving career.
PADI Scientific Diver Distinctive Specialty Course
We are very proud to share that in 2018, we created the PADI Scientific Diver Distinctive Specialty Course, which was approved by PADI. And the best part is, our instructors are the only ones in the world who can teach this course!
The PADI Scientific Diver Distinctive Specialty Course is designed to train and inspire divers of all levels to help protect the environment while collecting data for scientific research. By taking this course, divers can make a difference in preserving marine ecosystems and reducing harm to the environment.
This specialty course contains knowledge development; presentations, workshops, and 4 open water training dives. It helps you to build your confidence in diving, expand your diving skills and gives you an introduction into scientific diving. We will teach you proper buoyancy control techniques combined with training in fish identification and roving survey diving; a research diving data collection methodology.
Conservation Diver Courses
Shark Ecology & Population Studies
We know that shark populations are facing tough challenges these days. But do you know why their numbers are decreasing and, more importantly, what you can do to help? Did you know that divers can help secure a brighter future for sharks?
During this specialty course we focus on the value of sharks to our marine ecosystems and economies, we educate you about the causes of declining shark populations and we will help you to understand what is missing in the current shark fisheries management. This two-day shark specialty course, includes a workshop discussing current topics in global shark conservation and two dives at a dive site like Sharkpoint where you have the possibility to see sharks.
Sea Turtle Ecology & Monitoring
When you stay for three weeks or longer, you will receive the Conservation Diver Sea Turtle Ecology & Monitoring Course, an integral part of our Research Assistant Program. This immersive course not only provides a comprehensive understanding of marine ecology but also focuses specifically on the conservation of sea turtles, a crucial and endangered species in today’s ecosystem
Did you know that all seven species of sea turtles on the planet today are on the endangered species list, with populations of some reduced by 98%? During this specialty course you will learn more about ecology of sea turtles. You gain insights into the threats these creatures face, alongside learning multiple techniques to track and identify individual turtles, contributing significantly to global conservation efforts.
We have the privilege to study and conduct photo identification of both Green turtles and Hawksbill turtles in the Gili Matra Marine Park around the Gili Islands. Often referred to as the ‘turtle capital of the world,’ the Gili Islands offer an exceptional opportunity to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. It’s common to encounter turtles almost on every dive, offering you the perfect experience exposure for learning and observation.
Marine Ecology & Monitoring Course
When you stay four weeks or longer, you will receive the Conservation Diver Marine Ecology and Monitoring Course. This course has all the components of the PADI Scientific Diver Course but goes even further! It will dive deeper into marine ecology, enabling you to observe and comprehend reef ecosystems through a scientific lens.
Through meticulous assessment of key biotic and abiotic components in the marine environment, you gain more understanding of the dynamics of an ecosystem.
Furthermore, we teach you how to use different survey techniques and by the end of the course you are certified to conduct your own surveys and input the data in our online database.
What sets this course apart is its emphasis on real-world scientific methodologies. You not only learn theoretical concepts but also acquire practical skills in scientific sampling and survey techniques.