Trip reference number: 10220

Trip Operator: Dive Worldwide

Learn To Dive & Marine Conservation (Owa)

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This trip, designed specifically for school groups, aims to offer an all-round experience in diving and education in the beautiful clear Mediterranean waters that surround Malta.

You will commence your dive training in the UK, before completing your certification in Malta and following up with hands-on conservation work to learn about the threats posed to sharks worldwide and assist with research into populations which can help form conservation strategies.

Sharks are threatened internationally by overfishing and the shark fin trade. The populations have been decreasing at an alarming rate and the repercussions of the demise of an apex predator will have serious implications for other marine animals. Around Malta, research is being conducted into the local population of sharks and other key fish species to keep track of this problem. Whilst there are new protected areas, research is needed to establish and monitor the populations in these areas to determine the effectiveness of the zones. Researchers also frequent the local fish markets to look for shark species, in particular the female sharks of certain species which may be carrying egg cases. These can be rescued and taken to the local aquarium where they will be hatched, and the shark pups then released..

Your group will learn key information to help assist with shark research in Maltese waters. Working alongside researchers, you will primarily be helping to conduct the population research whilst scuba diving along transects. You will also have the opportunity to visit the fish markets to gain an understanding of the scale of the problem.

Conservation activities during the trip include:

  • Assisting with local shark research by searching for Elasmobranch eggcases both on shore and underwater.
  • Learning how to record the location of eggcases underwater so that researchers can monitor development.
  • Learning to identify different species of sharks and rays to record sightings made whilst diving.
  • Recording details of sharks and rays seen whilst diving to provide information for shark researchers.

Suggested itinerary

The full itinerary detail is available on our website.

  1. Day 1: Fly to Malta
  2. Days 2-3: Reef Referral Open Water completion in Malta
  3. Day 4: Boat dives
  4. Days 5-6: Scientific sharks: Elasmobranch & eggcases
  5. Day 7: Dry day
  6. Day 8: Fly back to the UK
  • Available*: Apr to Oct: Departures throughout the year. Best dived in summer months.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 6 nights accommodation in self-catering apartments
    • Pre-tour PADI Open Water Referral training and materials
    • PADI Open Water certification dives (4 shore dives)
    • 4 shore project dives
    • 2 boat dives
    • All transport

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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