Marine Biology in Curaçao

Location

Curaçao, Caribbean Island

Trip Date

July 5 – August 2, 2018

Course Offerings

  • Grade 11 Biology, SBI3U (Pre-requisite SCN2D)
  • Grade 12 Biology, SBI4U (Pre-requisite SBI3U)
Note: all students must have completed their Upper One (Grade 9) year of high school.

Course size

  • Minimum students per trip: 10
  • Maximum student per trip: 21
  • Staff Ratio: 1 to 5

Overview

The southern coast of the island of Curaçao is home to an exceptionally beautiful, complex and at-risk coral reef. It is also home to the CARMABI Marine Research Station, where students will live while studying marine biology in its truest form at 16m below sea level. In the warm, calm waters of the Caribbean Sea, students learn from experts about safe scuba diving while participating in PADI open water dive certification training. Students will experience hands-on learning in a marine biology setting and earn a Ministry of Ontario high school credit.

Excursions and Events

  • Complete PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Certification
  • Experience an underwater classroom with an estimated 20 open water dives (accommodations will be made for those preferring to snorkel)
  • Discover the historic UNESCO city of Willemstad
  • Explore the limestone bluffs of Shete Boka National Park
  • Hike the trails of the Christoffel National Park
  • Learn about the geological and historical significance of the Hato Caves
  • Engage in guest lectures by university professors
  • Snorkel with sea turtles at Playa Piscado
  • Relax on the white sand beach of Playa Kenepa
  • Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Mambo Beach
  • Embrace the beauty ofi Caribbean sunsets on a catamaran
Acceptance into this program is pending successful completion of our mandatory swim test.
Divers Alert Network (DAN) coverage is required for all students and must be purchased independently (approximately $50). Please visit their website by clicking here.

Accommodations

Students will stay at the CARMABI Marine Research Station, the largest field station in the Caribbean, located just outside of Willemstad in Piscadera Bay. Along with staff, students will stay in dormitory-style, single gender accommodations with shared washroom facilities. Linens and WiFi are included, and meals and classes are provided on-campus. During free time, students can relax under the palm trees or snorkel the house reef. Also of note, The Dive Shop Curaçao is located on-site.

Program includes

  • 110 instructional hours
  • All classroom course materials
  • Scuba-grade mask, fins, snorkel, and underwater study materials
  • Appleby College student e-mail and Microsoft® license for duration of program
  • Appleby credit upon successful course completion
  • Round trip flights, accompanied by program staff
  • On-site shared accommodation at the CARMABI Marine Research Station
  • Access to classrooms, and WiFi on campus
  • All excursions and activities
  • All meals provided (on-site and on-excursion)
  • Ground transportation in-country
  • Cultural and environmental tourism built into academic programming
  • Residential Life programming and around-the clock support
  • Emergency medical and trip cancellation insurance
  • PADI open water dive certification (advanced certification for qualified students)
  • Estimated 20 open water dives with curriculum correlations for research and exploration (accommodations for those preferring to snorkel)
Acceptance into this program is pending successful completion of our mandatory swim test.
Divers Alert Network (DAN) coverage is required for all students and must be purchased independently (approximately $50).

Price

$11,900 CAD

To apply, please download the application form via the button below. It is recommended that you download the pdf to your desktop first instead of editing it directly in your web browser.

 


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