• Overview
  • Objectives
  • Skills you gain
  • Costs to Consider
  • Site Conditions

Options include:

  • 2 weeks (marine only) dates available:
    29 July to August 2021
  • 4 weeks (marine only) dates available:
    15 July to 11 August 2021

Adriatic marine training and research experience

For the marine research experience you will be based on the beautiful and peaceful Silba Island. During this week if you are not dive trained you will complete a PADI Open Water dive training course. If you are already dive trained or would prefer to snorkel this week you can complete the Mediterranean ecology and survey techniques course, with two lectures and two practicals each day (either by diving or snorkelling). In addition to these training courses students can assist with some of the research surveys on Mediterranean fish communities, the recovery of the Noble Pen (Pinna nobilis) mollusc populations, the impact of sea urchin populations, seagrass and marine plastics.

Croatia Marine Research Objectives

Silba Island

Silba Island is in the northern Dalmatian archipelago and is a car and hotel free island. The island markets itself as a haven of tranquillity and much of the island is still covered by Mediterranean black oak and maquis. The objective for our partners on this island is to develop the first marine research centre for northern Dalmatia and they have a series of research projects on seagrass, sea urchins, protected species and fisheries, as well as marine plastics.

  • Attend lectures/workshops on biodiversity and conservation
  • PADI Open water dive qualification
  • Participate in Adriatic ecology course
  • Help in estimating the health of sea grass
  • Help in establishing No-take zones for fishing
  • Learn to estimate population of endemic and endangered Nobel shell
  • Learn to adapt to team work and experience its importance
  • Opwall fee
  • Cost of international flights into and out of Split.
  • Cost of internal travel to and from the start and end point of the expedition, plus any hotels you might require. This costs around £102 or $143. Extra nights’ accommodation in Split costs around £66 or $96.
  • Dive equipment rental – £50 or $75 per week for a full dive kit. If you only wish to snorkel and want to hire snorkel equipment, the cost is £25 or $38 per week. Please note that wetsuits cannot be provided – you should bring your own.
  • Park entrance fees – £26 or $38
  • PADI manual and PIC card (if you are completing your Open Water qualification) – £69 or $87 approx.
  • Vaccinations and prophylactic medicines – cost can vary depending on your healthcare provider.
  • All prices in GBP or USD unless specified

Most of our volunteers fundraise for their expedition costs. Find out more.

Climate
Croatia is hot during this time of the year! In both Krka and Silba the daytime temperature rarely drops below 30 degrees and can reach 40 degrees.

Fitness level required
Moderate. Whilst there are not many steep hikes in the forest, the hikes are still quite long and the temperature can make them tiring.

Creature comforts
In Silba it will be in dormitories with shared bathroom facilities and good phone signal.

Locations

  • Croatia
  • Silba

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