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Monitoring Colombia´s Healthiest Reef in the Caribbean!

Sharks, coral reefs, coral nurseries, diving with scientists, and a real Caribbean island vibe… An underwater adventure, where you will be assisting with the monitoring of Providencia´s coral reefs, Colombia´s most pristine coral reefs. A mixture of attractive elements that make the Providencia Reef Check an unforgettable conservation and meaningful diving experience.

Looking to get certified as a Reef Check EcoDiver Trainer? The Reef Checks surveys completed on this expedition will help you qualify for your Reef Check trainer course as well as continue your meaningful diving development as a responsible diver!

As a Reef Check expedition team member you can expect to:

See, experience or learn how we assess the health of a Caribbean coral reef while you enjoy an incredible ecosystem visited by incredible animals such as sharks, rays, turtles, among others.

Monitor coral reefs under the leadership and guidance of experienced coral reef scientists, and assist with updating national and international databases (e.g. INVEMAR, Reef Check) with information on the condition of surveyed coral reefs.

Participate in various cultural and socio-ecological activities such as a visit to Crab Cay, a climb to the peak, walk around Santa Catalina Island, and a visit to Captain Morgan’s head.

Meet more people like you who are committed to improving their diving experience and making of their passion an opportunity to leave a legacy.

The Reef Check EcoDiver Program

¿WHERE DO WE MEET? San Andres Island International Airport.
¿WHAT´S INCLUDED? Training and supervision by team scientist according to level

Seven SCUBA dives (6 Daytime/1 Nightime)

Half-board meal plan in shared accommodation

Transfer to/from Providencia Island

Local transportation

Dive equipment for members* of Corales de Paz

Dive insurance

Souvenir

¿WHAT´S NOT NOT INCLUDED? Entrance fees

Airfare to/from San Andrés Island

Dive equipment for non-members of Corales de Paz

Guide gratuity

*To become a member of Corales de Paz visit this link

¿WHEN DOES IT TAKE PLACE?Every March of every year
¿WHAT´S THE DURATION?4 Nights/5 Days
¿ONLY FOR SCUBA DIVERS?Yes. You need to be SCUBA certified.
¿WHAT REEF CHECK LEVELS CAN JOIN?Certified Reef Check EcoDivers | Reef Check EcoDivers Candidate | Discover Reef Check EcoDivers SCUBA Only.

¿Not an EcoDiver Yet?

This field program is for certified Reef Check EcoDivers. If you are not one yet, you can join as a Discover Reef Check Diver and experience coral reef monitoring. However, you must complete and pass the knowledge component before joining this field program. Sign up for the Discover Reef Check or Reef Check EcoDiver e-learning program today! 

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To update available information on coral reef health of at least 3 sites of Providencia Island to be used as input for conservation management measures by interested parties including, but not limited to, the managing environmental authority CORALINA.

In March 2019 this expedition was carried out for the first time, when we were able to monitor four dive sites, Tete’s place, Mantas, Loro town and Bajo de San Felipe. The thrill of being able to dive in a place with witnessing sharks and turtles is a great indicator that Providencia’s coral reefs are still healthy.

If you are interested in participating in a Reef Check expedition, don’t hesitate and sign up! You would not feel any regret. Remember that you don’t need to be a scientist or a biologist, you just need your passion and love for the ocean and all the incredible living creatures that inhabit it. Our team of scientists will provide all knowledge and training to engage you adequately in the process of collecting coral reef health data.


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Day 1: Departure for Providencia

08:00 – 08:30 Meet at San Andrés International Airport*

08:30 – 09:30 Check-in at airline counter*

09:30 – 11:30 Transfer San Andrés-Providencia*

11:30 – 12:30 Registration at the Barracuda Camp hotel

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 14:15 Preparation of diving equipment

14:15 – 14:30 Aquatic safety briefing

14:30 – 15:00 On-land practice of monitoring methods

15:00 – 16:30 Dive 1: Practice Reef Check Survey**

16:30 – 17:00 Feedback on aquatic skills and monitoring techniques

17:00 – 18:00 Data capture and validation

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Day 2 Let´s monitor those reefs

07:30 – 08:30 Preparation of diving equipment and briefing

08:30 – 10:00 Dive 2: Reef Check  survey**

10:00 – 11:00 Surface interval

11:00 – 13:00 Diving 3: Reef Check survey**

13:00 – 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 – 17:00 Feedback on aquatic skills and monitoring techniques

17:00 – 18:30 Data capture and validation.

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Day 3: Monitoring and fun dives

07:30 – 08:30 Preparation of diving equipment and briefing

08:30 – 10:30 Dive 4: Reef Check survey**

10:30 – 11:30 Surface interval.

11:30 – 13:00 Dive 5: Fun Dive**

13:30 – 15:30 Lunch break

15:30 – 17:30 Feedback on aquatic skills and monitoring techniques

17:30 – 18:30 Data capture and monitoring

20:00 – Team building activity

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Day 4: Fun above and below water

10:30 – 12:00 Dive 6: Fun dive

12:00 – 13:00 Report and conclusions. Closing Reef Check

13:00 – 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 – 18:00 Free time on the island

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Day 5: Return

10:30 – 11:00 Check-out Hotel

11:00 – 12:00 Lunch break

12:00 – 13:00 Check-in at the airport / dock *

13:00 – 18:00 Transfer to San Andrés *


* Itinerary and times subject to change without prior notice due to weather and logistics.
**The objective of the dives is for the main Reef Check EcoDiver plan. For the other plans i.e. Reef Check EcoDiver Course and Discover Reef Check, the dives will be simultaneous but will have other objectives.

Providencia Reef Check in the pass

We invite you read some notes about our previous Reef Checks in San Andrés island. These are notes, reports and experiences from our previous participants, staff and others.  You can also find the results and infographics made with the information on coral reef health that participants help to collect. If you want more in-depth information please visit Reef Check´s online database.

Latest Notes From the Field

Providencia Reef Check 2019: Reporte de resultados

En cuanto a la presencia de algas indicadoras de nutrientes, se estima que su cobertura fue del 12%, inferior al promedio reportado para San Andrés
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Maria Cecilia Pertuz Molina

Monitoring one of Colombia´s healthiest reefs

My passion and love for the ocean began in 2010 when I became an Open Water Diver. But exponentially increased in 2017 when I became
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My journey from Reef Check EcoDiver to Reef Repair Diver

If we are responsible beings, we will understand that it is necessary to do something about it, whether to protect and prevent or to repair
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Infographics

These are infographics made with the information on coral reef health that participants help to collect. If you want more in-depth information please visit Reef Check´s online database.

Videos from the field

Program Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
Maria Cecilia Pertuz Molina
May 31, 2020

My fourth and latest expedition was in Providence Island, where only trained Eco divers could participate. Most of them also participated on the first Reef Repair training program – a reef restoration course developed by Corales de Paz – in San Andrés Island held by Corales de Paz before the Reef Check Providencia. We spent two weeks together, scuba diving every day and at the end it felt like a small united family, working together to make change happen.

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