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Marine Conservation & Coral Monitoring Panama



Our main goal is to provide hard evidence for policy making regarding the conservation of our local reefs. We hope to one day serve as a reference for other countries to sustain the importance of properly managing MPAs. We live by our values: Bliss, Awareness and Excellence.


Ankay Conservation

Bocas del Toro

Advanced Open Water. We certify as well!

Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
For divers that are already certified as Advance Open Water or higher, the minimum stay is 10 days. For Open Water and non-certified divers, we recommend a 4 week program so you have enough time to gain experience and contribute, but we can tailor-make your experience to 2-3 weeks with proper coordination.

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+

US$800 a week, minimum 10 days (US$1150). The fee includes accommodation for the whole stay, 3 meals a day, 6 days a week, training and certification, complete scuba gear, airport pick-up and drop-off, at least 12 dives a week. Additionally you can add on PADI Certifications if not already Advanced Open Water for the program pre-requisite. Conservation Diver US$220; PADI Open Water US$350; PADI Advanced Open Water US$320. We also teach other PADI courses and specialties which you can inquire about depending the length of your stay.

Other information:
Our conservation and ecological monitoring program has been developed to be able to provide broad understanding of the regional health and abundance of the reef ecosystems, as well as create data sets for individual dive sites across different depths. We will train you to at least PADI Open Water with our Conservation Diver Course or to PADI Advanced Open Water with an exclusive focus on the skills necessary for surveying underwater such as proper buoyancy. During your stay, you will specialized either in substrate, vertebrate or invertebrate monitoring. You will have access to an extensive amount of theory regarding ecology and our methodology for data collection and quickly be getting in the water to develop those skills and start contributing.


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