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, behavior 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 Nomad Dive Tours in South Africa where you will have the once in a lifetime chance of diving with the larger shark species.

Turtle Conservation: Students will complete a Project Aware Turtle Conservation specialty course taught by one of our experienced instructors.  You will learn more about the different species of turtles and the changes worldwide that are threatening this enchanting animal.  We are lucky as Gili Trawangan is considered by many to be the “Turtle Capitol of the World” and you will get the opportunity to dive with lots of friendly turtles living on our reefs.   Sometimes we are fortunate enoguh to witness a turtle nesting on the beach or hatchlings emerging and going into the sea for the first time! 

Coral Reef Conservation: Gap year students will be able to complete a Project Aware Coral Reef Conservation 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 see how the climate can cause damages to our corals such as bleaching.  We also have here in the Gili’s and Lombok over 80 BioRock Reef Structures that are built and maintained by the Gili Eco Trust.  These are man made structures that replace substrate where coral reefs were previously damaged or destroyed.   The technology is innovative and can see firsthand what a difference these make in our local ecosystems.  

We can also help organise volunteer time with some of the many eco projects going on on our island such as Horses of Gili, Cats of Gili, and Waste Management and Recycling. 

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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