"A true Eco-Tourism lovers trip, the chance to submerge into culture, community development, oh and some of the most exciting marine eco systems possible!"
Learn to scuba dive and help to protect marine ecosystems off the southern coast of Portugal on a conservation-focused tour. The popular tourist destination of Albufeira has managed to preserve its character and charm, with narrow medieval streets and picturesque white-washed houses. Down at the beach, brightly-coloured fishing boats bob on the blue sea, and beneath the waves lies an underwater world of wonders just waiting to be discovered. Dive beneath the surface yourself and come face-to-face with an array of fish, corals and seaweeds, and explore fascinating shipwrecks and caves. Help to preserve precious marine ecosystems by contributing to an oceanic clean-up as part of this conservation tour, removing waste from the ocean during eco-dives.
You’ll join a variety of conservation efforts that aim to protect marine ecosystems, working collaboratively with a diving school that places special emphasis on protecting the local environment. Under the supervision of an experienced diver, you’ll get the chance to take an internationally recognised PADI ‘Open Water Diver’ course (or, for more experienced divers, an ‘Advanced Open Water Diver’ course). As well as the basic principles of diving, you’ll learn procedures to enable you to contribute to the oceanic clean-up project. Once certified, you’ll be ready to discover the Algarve’s world of underwater wonders, diving in several locations whilst also learning more about how to protect precious marine ecosystems.
ImpacTrip offers unique volunteering trips and tours in Portugal, giving travellers the chance to enjoy unforgettable and responsible trips that combine volunteering with all the best features of a typical guided tour: getting to know the locals, dining at typical restaurants, absorbing Portuguese culture and enjoying exclusive activities. ImpacTrip encourages its travellers to escape from the pull of mass tourism and boring travel agencies and instead discover Portugal in a more responsible and local way, helping to fight social inequality and other hugely important issues by volunteering on local social and environmental projects.
ImpacTrip’s Marine Conservation Project helps to clean up the Atlantic Ocean by removing waste collected on dives for recycling. Travellers on this tour not only help with this project, but also learn about Sustainable Diving, enabling them to spread the ‘conservation word’ worldwide! ImpacTrip’s mission is to change the way people travel, and to ‘offer different trips that make a difference’. They believe that until you know the local people, you can’t know the place, and therefore help tourists to ‘travel like a local’, offering culturally immersive and authentic experiences of Portugal. Through having a direct positive impact, it is hoped that tourists will come away from their holiday having enjoyed a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
Your first morning of training will focus on familiarising you with the basic procedures and principles of SCUBA diving. You’ll be educated on how underwater pressure can affect the body, choose the correct equipment and learn about procedures needed to plan dives. In the afternoon you’ll gain some practical experience, developing your basic practical skills in a swimming pool.
In the morning, you’ll do some theoretical work, giving you a good knowledge foundation to take forward. After theory training there will be a small examination to show that you have absorbed the key information. In the afternoon you’ll return to the pool to go through emergency situations and practice skills such as sharing air. In all, you’ll take part in five ‘confined water’ (pool) dives to develop the skills you need for open water diving.
The course continues, and now you’ll get to practice in the ocean. You’ll complete one ocean dive in the morning, and two in the afternoon, giving you the opportunity to hone your skills.
On the final day you’ll complete four open water dives along with your PADI instructor, combining all of the components of the course and embracing in full the underwater adventure!
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- Airport pick-up
- Introduction day and city tour
- All meals
- In-country staff support
- The best local tips to discover the city
- The diving certifications appropriate for your diving level
- Airport drop-off
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