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Penida Project

Organisation: Lauren

Country: Indonesia

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Penida 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.

Nomads Diving is a fully equipped dive centre located 1km away from the main harbour of Toya Pakeh in Nusa Penida in the south of Bali. It is a multi lingual team with the ability to teach in English, French, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Bahasa Indonesian. As a Dive Master Trainee (DMT) with Nomads, you will work closely with multiple instructors and experienced dive guides to help prepare you to become a dive professional. After the completion of this course you will be ready to complete your Instructor Development Course (IDC) or continue on as a research diver.

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 & Coral Restoration Mangrove Restoration Shark, ray, and turtle photo identification – Seasonal Mola assessment project

The project headquarters is located on the island of Nusa Penida in the Penida Marine Park. Penida is a diver, surfer, and yogi paradise only a 30-minute boat ride from southeast Bali and ideally located only 1.5 hours away from the Denpasar International Airport. It is part of the Klungkung Regency district which includes the three islands of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida is known as “The Golden Egg of Bali” and is around 200 square kilometres with around 45,000 inhabitants. In 2010, Nusa Penida was name an MPA (Marine Protected Area) by the 41 local villages and a strong community effort, one year later it was recognized by the Indonesian government. As a part of the district of Bali, it is rich in Hindu culture with many temples to visit and ceremonies to attend throughout the year. The people are among the friendliest in the world and are very welcoming to all visitors and proud to show off their beautiful island. It is off the beaten Bali track, but it is an adventure seekers dream with world-class diving, cliff jumping, hiking, surfing, and yoga. Bali is only a 30-minute boat ride away and filled with shopping, beaches, night life, and a number adventure activities.

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