Dive Conservation Volunteers

by Delia on August 23, 2011

The latest group of kids from FDVC (Fiji Diving, Volunteering and Conservation) have just left. They are always a blast of energy and fun. They are mostly in their late teens / early twenties although there’s nearly always one or two who are a bit older. They come to Fiji for 6 weeks, spending a week in a Fijian village, a bit of time on Viti Levu (the main island) and 3 weeks with us at Daku. The programme in Savusavu involves diving and marine conservation work. Those who are not already divers take their PADI certification course; those who are often do the Advanced Open Water certificate or even the Dive Master course.

Fiji Dive Conservation Volunteers

They have a total of 30 dives over their time in Fiji. Three days are devoted to carrying out a reef check. The data they collect is sent off to the University of the South Pacific in Suva and it helps the marine biologists there monitor changes in the reef’s ecosystem.

To do a reef check, the volunteers lay down a transect line – an underwater tape measure. They then count off marine life in 3 categories: (i) fish, (ii) invertebrates (such as sea cucumbers, lobsters, triton shells, starfish), and (iii) the substrata like seaweed, sponges, rock and corals.

During the rest of the diving they have the opportunity to see and enjoy Fiji’s rich marine life in Savusavu Bay. And when they’re back at Daku they can relax and play round the pool and have a lot of fun.

 

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