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Bira Project

Organisation: Lauren

Country: Indonesia

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Bira Project

Indo Ocean Project was founded by marine biologists, dive instructors, and ocean enthusiasts from around the globe to create a nation wide standardized data collection and research diver training program in Indonesia, the heart of the coral triangle. IOP has been working together with dive operators, various universities, and the local communities to carry out scientific research to address shark, ray, and marine conservation issues in the Indo-Pacific area. Our field expeditions in Indonesia hosts international and local research projects focused on marine mega fauna and coral reef conservation in marine reserves across the country.

The aim of the Indo Ocean Project is to generate high quality scientific data to inform local mangers and stakeholders about the status of shark and ray populations in the Marine Protect Area (MPA), and to increase marine conservation awareness among the local communities and general public. You don’t need to be a diver or scientist to apply! Our project relies on the experience and expertise of our volunteers from around the world to take action and take part.

Blue Planet Dive Resort is a new project located on on of Indonesia’s most beautiful beaches. This new resort is owned and opporated by three dive buddies from Paris. Sylain, Bastien, and Robin are all dive professionals with over 15 years experince in diving in Indonesia. They are avid supports of marine conservation and play host to our Bira Project headquarters including intern housing, dive shop, and research station. They are an offical partner of SSI and offer a variety of dive courses in several languages. Why Us? Indonesia is the 4th most populated country in the world, the number on shark fishing nation, and the second largest contributor to ocean plastic pollution. Geographically, Indonesia should have some of the highest biodiversity of shark, ray, and predatory species in the world, but the high demand for shark fins and manta ray gill rakers has caused severe overfishing across the country and nearly exhausted the population. This is the front lines of marine mega fauna conservation efforts.

Why become a Dive Master? The Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with your mentoring Dive Instructor and Nomads’ team, you’ll fine tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.

As a Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.   Before you can be a good research diver, you first must be a good diver. The Dive Master and Research Diver Internship will give you the skills needed to work either in marine conservation/research or the diving industry. You will meet like-minded individuals and be able to network with experienced and aspiring marine biologists and organizations from around the world.   What will you learn? The Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions with your mentoring instructor, Watermanship skills exercises and workshops, and hands on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba activities.

As an Indo Ocean intern you will be trained in various research methods and trusted to adhere to our strict methodology laid out during your training period. We host multiple research and conservation projects and you will be expected to assist in the operation, running, and planning of each of these.   Currently there have 7 ongoing projects at the Penida headquarters: BRUV (Baited Remote Underwater Video) Roving Survey Dive Great Ocean Log Biodiversity Mapping Shark Conservation Marine Park Development Shark, ray, and turtle photo identification Marine plastic pollution assessment.

Tanjung Bira is located 200km south of Indonesia’s second largest city, Makasar. It is a sleepy fishing village popular for it’s beautiful white sand beaches with rich maritime heritage. The area known as Pasir Putih, or White Sand, has a handful of tourism zones streching from the big red entrance gate all the way down the never ending beach.

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