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Students can earn up to 4 credits in Marine Science through this experiential education course on which students study marine conservation and marine park management. Saba is home to the Caribbean's best and most extraordinary diving, from coral encrusted
Location:
Caribbean, Caribbean
Program Type:
Intern Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer
Work Types:
Sciences & Environment

Program Overview

Program Description:
Study marine conservation and marine park management in a marine paradise. Work with the stunning marine parks of Saba, Statia and St. Barts. It’s difficult to understand the threats that these marine environments are up against until you immerse yourself in their natural beauty. Compare and contrast how these different islands approach marine conservation. Beyond participation in lectures and engaging in discussions with local stakeholders, your role is to dive in and apply survey techniques in real underwater settings. Help shelter the endangered resources of these fragile environments and while simultaneously allowing for their sustainable use. Earn 3 credits in Marine Science. Gain scuba certifications up to PADI Advanced Open Water. Also earn IYT sailing certifications. Not to mention, valuable experience in reef surveying techniques and learning daily water measurement.

Students can earn up to 4 credits in Marine Science through this experiential education course on which students study marine conservation and marine park management. Saba is home to the Caribbean's best and most extraordinary diving, from coral encrusted walls to breathtaking pinnacles that tower out of the ocean depths. Broadreach College has teamed up with the world-renowned Saba Marine Park (SMP) to offer a one-of-a-kind program focusing on marine resource management and marine reserves, designed to safeguard marine environments while allowing for their sustainable use. Our studies are intertwined with world-class diving and adventure. You will live in environmentally aware eco-lodges nestled in mountain rainforests and aboard 50-foot yachts. Island hopping between St. Barts, Statia and Saba, we explore, compare and contrast three very different marine reserves and their unique approaches to conservation, tourism, research and resource management. Learn Reef Check survey protocols used by marine scientists worldwide and discover pristine reefs, huge wrecks and amazing biodiversity during the 18-20 dives you complete in the marine parks.

All diving fees included as well as all food and board. International airfare not included.
Setting Description:
Climb aboard in the marina of Anse Marcel Bay, on the northern tip of St. Martin, and set sail for the fragile marine parks of Statia, Saba and St. Barts. Just off Gustavia harbor in St. Barts, exist massive corals in full bloom and waters filled with healthy turtles, rays, and more. Shame that this underwater paradise is being threatened by over-fishing and dive tourism. Which is where you come in. Your work here is to keep the pristine, looking pristine. Now take what you’ve learned in St. Barts and apply it in St. Eustatius, or Statia, as it’s commonly known. In fact, this trip is all about taking knowledge and experience and putting it to immediate use out in the real works. Statia, a tiny Dutch island southwest of St. Barts, is happy to oblige. Not only does this island itself look and feel like the Caribbean of twenty years ago, it’s sponge and coral covered underwater landscapes are a throwback to. Let’s keep them that way. Arrive on Saba, a rugged jewel in the Leeward Islands

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