Indo Ocean Project is a marine research and conservation program in the heart of the coral triangle, training the next generation of dive professionals through our conservation divemaster internship program. Our field expeditions in Indonesia hosts international and local research projects on marine conservation efforts including marine megafauna, coral restoration, ecological monitoring, community outreach and education programs. We are constantly seeking hardworking and enthusiastic people who take part in our divemaster/research diver-training program and join the research team. You don’t need to be a diver or a scientist to take part! Our project relies on the experience and expertise of our volunteers from around the world.
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In April this year I completed a 2 month Research Divemaster Internship with the team at Indo Ocean Project in Nusa Penida. I was inspired, I became a comfortable & competent diver, and I had a great time doing it! The team is supportive, professional, knowledgeable and very experienced. Not to mention the passion that oozes from their souls for marine conservation.
My DM Instructor Serena holds a great deal of diving knowledge & experience. She had been one of my most valuable teachers and mentors in my life to date.
If anyone is considering doing their DM, especially any marine biology folk out there; I can’t recommend this program more highly.They are making important change at an on-ground level using data collected by the interns: BRUV deployment, indicator species surveys, turtle ID, mangrove restoration and coral reef restoration.
This was an incredible experience and one that I did not want to end. As a divemaster trainee you get to play a key role in the day to day operations of the dive shop which is excellent experience and gives a great insight into the dive industry. The project was expertly run. All staff involved are extremely knowledgeable, experienced, friendly and conscientious of each interns strengths and weakness, ensuring everyone who starts the internship, finishes as a competent dive master. Perhaps the biggest draw card for Indo Ocean Project is the conservation and research diving component. As an intern I had the opportunity to learn about and contribute to a number of meaningful projects, improving my scientific knowledge and broadening my diving skills. In addition to this you have access to full time marine biologists (who also have their dive instructor rating), the conversations you have with them are invaluable.
Came to Indo Ocean Project from Mexico looking to grow in my diving career but mainly because I wanted to actually learn about the ocean and its conservation. The months I spent there were no doubt one of the best times of my life! In there I found family, and made paradise my home while learning heaps from the ocean and from the amazing instructors, staff, friends, indonesian culture.. can’t put in words all that this program gave me! Through it all the training i felt so much support and encouragement from all the team, so much love! feel privileged to have learned from some badass divers with so much knowledge!!! Right after I left Indonesia I started to work as a Dive Master in Tulum and felt really confident about my training and knowledge. Im now an Instructor thanks to this program.
Can not recommend this IOP enough, give yourself the opportunity to experience diving through this beautiful fight and love for the ocean <3