Main bag – You will need a large holdall, minimum capacity 50 litres.
Day bag/small rucksack – Useful for carry on luggage.
Waterproof plastic/zip lock bags – These are very useful to keep the water out of your kit and clothes. You can line your bag with a bin/garbage bag and have smaller bags for clothes and items like your camera.
Sleeping bag/sleeping sheet – The temperature rarely drops below 25 degrees even at night so a light sleeping bag or sleeping sheet will be fine.
Water bottle/platypus – A leak proof bottle to carry water (capacity at least 1 litre) is imperative.
Torch/headtorch – A head torch is recommended but it doesn’t have to be anything expensive.
Waterproof jacket – Rainfall is unpredictable in this part of the world, so a plastic poncho or lightweight rainjacket is invaluable. Expensive heavyweight Gore-Tex raincoats are not recommended.
Biodegradable soap/shampoo – To minimise impact on the environment we ask all volunteers to bring ‘green’ detergents. Please bring personal soap such as lifestyles or mountain suds as unfortunately, biodegradable soap is not available in Honduras.
Insect repellent – Mosquito-borne diseases do occur in Honduras. While DEET is often suggested as an effective repellant, it can impact the environment. ‘Mosi-Guard’ and ‘Skin So Soft’ by Avon are both effective, environmentally friendly alternatives that do not contain DEET.
Sunblock – Factor 30, minimum, is recommended. Please ensure it is a coral friendly sunblock if you intend to use it in the water.
Sanitary pads/tampons – Please bring a supply even if you do not expect to use them
Travel towel/sarong – Don’t bring a big thick towel as it won’t dry quickly enough.
Camera – You will have lots of opportunities to take pictures but please bring a waterproof carrying case or zip lock bag for the camera
Notebook and pencils – For taking notes during lectures and science talks.
Dive Slate and Pencils – If possible, slates should be A4 and pencils should be lead only.
Dive watch/computer or waterproof watch – A timing device is a requirement under PADI regulations for qualified divers. You can buy a simple Casio W800 watch waterproof to 100m for approximately £15 on Amazon.
Dive training materials – You should purchase your Divemaster training crew pack before arrival. You can buy it here.
Proof of dive qualification – You need to be a PADI qualified rescue diver and have 40 dives logged when you start the course.
Lightweight long baggy trousers – 2 pairs
Flip flops/sandals – 2 pairs
Shorts – 2 pairs
T-shirts – 5
Long sleeved shirt – 1
Swim suit/bikini/board shorts – 2 or 3
Rash vest – A good alternative to a wetsuit when it is warm (or if you are snorkelling), and can also be worn under a wetsuit when it is cold.
Underwear – Enough for 2 weeks
Sunglasses – A good pair are important to protect your eyes from the glare reflected from the water.
Nightwear/Pyjamas – You will be in shared accommodation!
All the equipment listed below is essential for diving projects. You can bring your own (which we recommend) or hire onsite (with the exception of a wetsuit). For hire costs check the “costs to consider” section of the expedition description.
Buoyancy Control Device
Mask and snorkel
Wetsuit or Rash Vest – Honduran waters are generally very warm and the majority of students do not wear wetsuits during in water activities. However, for those of you that feel the cold, we do recommend bringing a 3mm short-sleeved wetsuit. If you choose not to use a wetsuit, please bring a rash vest (or old t-shirt) with you in order to protect yourself against the sun and equipment rub.
Dive torch – It won’t get much use as we rarely do night dives, but you may want to consider bringing one if you have one.
Dive knife – This is a recommended but not essential item.