We are thrilled to introduce the Penjaga Laut Scholarship, an initiative born from the dedication and passion of the interns at Indo Ocean Project’s Bira location. With the support of Blue Planet Dive Resort and Indo Ocean Foundation, this scholarship is designed to create a clear career path for young Indonesians who are committed to marine conservation and professional diving. Our aim is to provide opportunities not only in research and education but also in diving training, fostering a deeper understanding and respect for our oceans by bringing more people underwater to witness their beauty and fragility firsthand. Indonesia’s marine ecosystems, among the richest and most diverse in the world, face significant threats, and by empowering the next generation of ocean stewards, we aim to contribute to their protection for years to come.

The Mission Behind The Penjaga Laut Scholarship

The mission of the Penjaga Laut Scholarship is to provide training and career opportunities and to assist in developing the next generation of Indonesian marine conservationists and professional divers. Through crowdfunding and partner support, this program offers financial aid, educational opportunities, and professional training to aspiring Indonesian scuba divers who are dedicated to protecting Indonesia’s marine ecosystems. Our goal is to build a community of skilled and motivated ocean guardians committed to the sustainability of our oceans.



  • Commitment to Conservation: We prioritize the protection and preservation of marine ecosystems.
  • Education and Training: We believe in the power of education and hands-on training to equip future leaders in marine conservation and professional diving.
  • Community Engagement: We value the importance of raising awareness and engaging local communities in conservation efforts.
  • Sustainability: We aim to promote sustainable practices in all aspects of marine conservation and diving by training dive professionals with a conservation focus.



The Penjaga Laut Scholarship addresses the urgent need for well-trained marine conservationists and professional divers in Indonesia. The country’s marine ecosystems are among the most biodiverse in the world, yet they face significant threats from human activities and climate change. By investing in the education and training of young Indonesians, we are ensuring that there is a dedicated and knowledgeable workforce ready to tackle these challenges. This scholarship not only empowers individuals but also contributes to the broader goal of preserving marine biodiversity and promoting sustainable practices within local communities.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Penjaga Laut Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Indonesian citizen
  • Enthusiastic about the ocean
  • Aiming for a career in marine conservation or professional diving in Indonesia
  • Ability to swim 300 meters with fins or 200 meters without
  • Basic English skills with a willingness to improve (to be completed after Phase 2)
  • Cleared diving medical exam
Did you ever love anything so much you want to shout it out to the world from the top of your lungs? Scuba diving revealed this love for the ocean to us, so we want to do all we can to open the same doors for the people who have this paradise right in front of their doorstep but do not have the same opportunity to explore it. That hoe P{enjaga Laut Scholarship came to life – to empower local Indonesians to become Sea Guardians of their underwater oasis”
Nat & Tobi, Bira Project Intern Graduates and Founders of Penjaga Laut Scholarship 

How It Works

The scholarship is awarded in phases, with recipients becoming eligible for the next phase by successfully completing the requirements of the previous one.

Phase 1: Discovery
  • DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) in Bahasa Indonesia
  • Valued at 900,000 IDR

With Blue Planet Dive Resort

Phase 2: Open Water & Ethical Ocean travel
  • Open Water Course (OWC) in Bahasa or Indonesian with Blue Planet Dive Resort
  • Additional requirement: Complete online learning (Bahasa) Section 1: sustainable ocean practices with Indo Ocean Project
  • Valued at 5,500,000 IDR
Phase 3: Advanced Open Water & Marine Conservation
    • Conducted in English (to be considered for the Indo Ocean Project scholarship)
    • Additional requirement: Complete online learning (ENG) Section 2: Marine conservation and research continued (online course with Indo Ocean Project)
    • Valued at 4,500,000 IDR

Once candidates have completed Phase 3, they become eligible for Indo Ocean Project’s Indonesian Scholarship or completing their Rescue and Divemaster courses with Blue Planet Dive Resort. 

Application Process

Scholarships are awarded subject to availability. To be considered, contact lauren@indooceanproject.org with your CV and cover letter, and explain to us what is your favourite thing about the ocean. 

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Offering scholarships and funding opportunities for young ocean professionals is crucial for Indo Ocean Project as it ensures the cultivation of diverse, innovative, and skilled leaders who can drive future marine conservation efforts. This support not only fosters individual career growth but also strengthens the global network of ocean advocates dedicated to protecting our marine ecosystems.