Reef Guru Diver Program
Once you have completed your Reef Restoration Theory online course, you can head out to one of our awesome Partner Facility locations to complete your practical session! Check out our locations below and book your practical course with them directly.
We are actively recruiting Partner Facilities to operate the practical component of the Diver Program courses. We have some exciting locations in the works, so be sure to check back regularly to find out our newest locations where you can get hands on with coral restoration!
with Ten Degrees South / Eco 2 Diving
Instructor: Martha Taylor
Ten Degrees South / Eco2 diving, marine research and education center is based in a small ‘off the beaten track’ Swahili village in Mikindani, Mtwara, South Tanzania. Ten Degrees south / Eco2 diving is an operational diver center with a big focus on conservation and low impact scuba diving excursions.
Mikindani has some of the most spectacular diving in Tanzania and the area is recognised as the centre of biological diversity for the East African coast. As the area isn’t yet touristic we have the ocean to ourselves where we can enjoy the pristine unspoilt area.
However, some of our coral reefs have hugely suffered from destructive fishing methods such as dynamite fishing. Now that the dynamite fishing has stopped, we are working to restore the damaged reefs through coral nurseries and artificial structures.
As well as running the Reef Guru courses, Ten Degrees South / Eco2 diving also offers longer volunteer programs for people who want to learn and get involved a little bit more in coral restoration.
Visitors can stay at Ten Degrees South hotel. In swahili-style architecture, this hotel is an authentic retreat. As well as a hotel there is also a lovely bar and restaurant surrounded by luxurious vegetation. In addition, the tree-platform is the perfect place to enjoy stunning views across Mikindani Bay.
More specifically, Ten Degrees South lodge offers a choice of clean and charming accommodation. The guesthouse rooms have a vast shared bathroom where the en-suite rooms have both private bathrooms and a private terrace. However, all rooms are furnished with double beds and fans enclosed inside the mosquito nets.
with Poni Divers
Instructor: Kara Majerus
SORCE is the Sustainable Oceanic Research, Conservation and Education community interest company. They are a non-profit conservation organisation founded in 2018 and they focus on research, conservation and restoration of coral reef ecosystems. Their location in a biological diversity hotspot allows their work to have a big impact. SORCE has a vision of achieving community backed methods of ensuring the ongoing restoration of marine ecosystems to a state of good health, well being and productivity that can be maintained and improved upon for generations to come.
The SORCE facility is located within a marine park teeming with life ranging from pygmy seahorses to whale sharks, and even dugongs. The facility is right on the beach and is relatively undiscovered by tourists, allowing the environment to be unspoilt compared to nearby tourist hotspots. The area has suffered from unsustainable fishing techniques such as blast fishing, climate change and the development of irresponsible tourism meaning that there is a great deal of restoration work to be done. The SORCE team strongly believes that it is not too late and that we have a responsibility and an obligation to take care of the Earth which we call Home.
As SORCE is a Reef Guru Partner Facility, you can learn the practical skills involved in coral gardening and reef restoration in a great location with the chance to see some amazing marine wildlife. As well as the Reef Guru Reef Restoration Diver Program, SORCE runs an impressive array of conservation initiatives and workshops, short courses and expeditions, so it is a great place to gain some experience, knowledge and amazing qualifications.
Divers stay in private traditional Lombok style huts made from locally sourced Bamboo and grass thatching. Each hut is equipped with a balcony, single bed, fan, shelves, clothes rail and bedside table. The Den is a large communal space for socialising, eating and learning. This is also where lectures and dive briefings take place. There are hammocks and beanbags for relaxing after a long day of diving as well as fire pits for evening entertainments. The kitchen is equipped with a pizza oven and a BBQ area.
with REEFolution Kenya
Instructor: Guido Paap
REEFolution Kenya is based at Firefly Ocean Camp in Shimoni and works together with local communities to restore coral reefs and improve and sustain biodiversity in the Wasini Channel. Healthy corals are the building blocks of reefs and are essential for tourism in the area and for local fishermen to thrive. Unfortunately, corals are often damaged by fishing nets, boats, and anchors, leaving reefs degraded and dying. Through the work of REEFolution Kenya, coral fragments which were broken from the natural reef are collected to place them into coral nurseries until they are big enough to be out-planted on to artificial reefs. These structures provide a hard substrate for corals to attach and form a safe haven for juvenile fish to mature and other species to hide.
In addition to this work, REEFolution is training people in the Shimoni and Mkwiro communities to become certified open water and coral reef restoration divers. This opens the door for them to learn from marine biologists, become marine conservationists themselves, and to become local champions for proper stewardship of their beautiful reefs.
Now you can also learn the basics of coral reefs and hands-on coral restoration techniques by taking the Reef Guru Restoration Diver course at REEFolution Kenya and support the work of these incredible people!
Visitors can stay for the night in a luxury safari tent at the beautiful Firefly Ocean Camp, and relax at the large swimming pool after a busy day of coral gardening. Team your Restoration Diver course up with some other awesome local activities such as a dolphin and snorkelling tour of the beautiful Kisite Marine Park, game fishing, kayaking, or further your SCUBA training with a PADI course. Your African adventure awaits. Karibu Kenya!