Lutwala Dive runs a great gap year project for students wishing to develop their scuba diving and understanding of the marine environment. Students spend anything from one week to one year with us. During this time we can introduce them to the underwater world and, if the scuba diving bug bites (which it most likely will), we can mentor them right through to a professional PADI level that allows them to work within the scuba diving industry around the globe.

As well as our diving courses, during their time with us students will have the opportunity to study the following:

Shark Conservation: Students will complete a Project Aware Shark Conservation specialty course taught by an experienced shark scuba diver and conservationist. This course provides participants with a greater understanding of the shark species and its vital role in the aquatic environment, behaviour of sharks and interaction with them as well as the opportunity to dive with the sharks around the island. For those who are particularly interested, Lutwala Dive can offer fantastic opportunities to join our South African Diving Tours where you will have the once in a lifetime chance of diving with the larger shark species.

Manta Ray Projects: Working closely with Aquatic Alliance we offer gap year students the opportunity of accompanying us to the island of Nusa Lembongan, where both species of manta ray reside. Students will participate in an educational lecture on the manta rays before being given the opportunity to scuba dive with these incredible creatures. During this dive you will be asked to take photographs of these gentle giants to be added to the international identification database that tracks the movements of mantas.

Reef Check: Gap year students will be able to complete a Reef Check certification diving course. This course provides students with an understanding of the coral substrate of our reefs, provides you with the skills to be able to identify species of corals and culminates in a full reef survey, the results of which are sent to Reef Check Headquarters to be used in Government proposals and provides the statistics that are so important in any protection efforts.

We can also help organise teaching placements at the local primary school and involve you in the extensive environmental projects in place on Gili Trawangan.

This project is available to anyone who is interested in spending some time on Gili Trawangan. We are particularly proud of our ongoing relationship with UWCSEA and hope to see many of their students here each year.

Please contact us if you would like more information on our gap year projects.

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