IDIS W10 Marine and Island Ecosystems in the British Virgin Islands
- Location: British Virgin Islands | Map
- Dates: January 4-24
- Cost: $4,750 (estimate)
This course is designed to explore the habitat, ecology, geology, and natural history of the British Virgin Islands through scuba diving on coral reefs and historical ship wrecks, exploring multiple islands via a live-aboard sailboat, examining shallow water and beach communities, and participating in local conservation efforts.
The course will focus heavily on the marine environment, providing participants with ample opportunity to learn about coral reefs, mangroves, and shallow water habitats. Using protocols developed by local conservation organizations, students will learn how to perform a "check-up" of coral reef health, conduct fish counts, record data on three reefs that are in danger in the BVI, and submit data to a long term monitoring database used to determine priority conservation needs. This will all take place while snorkeling and scuba diving in the BVI's crystal clear waters. For those new to scuba diving, certification will be included with the course cost. Previously certified participants can receive advanced diving certification or specialty certifications. Students who do not wish to dive will be able to participate fully through snorkeling. Above the water, students will learn about the islands and their culture, their plants and animals, and the ecosystems that support them.
This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.
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