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    Volunteer restoration
    programs

    Many dives are in 30 feet of water or less, so the minimal open water scuba certification is fine. It would be ideal if skills included perfect buoyancy control. But who’s perfect? They want help, not scuba perfection. Bumping accidents happen.

    Florida Keys

    Coral Restoration Foundation

    Operating in the Keys with pilot projects in Bonaire and Colombia

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    5 Seagate Blvd., Key Largo

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    305-767-2133

    www.coralrestoration.org

    Insurance generally requires reef restorers to contract with individual dive operators. CRF uses the Amoray Dive Resort, (104250 Overseas Highway, 800-426-6729, www.amoray
    .com) which offers comfortable lodging in quaint, white clapboard buildings with much tree shade and a pool. Dining is within walking distance but a car will greatly expand the dining horizon along one of Florida’s busiest tourist boulevards.

    Dominican Republic

    Punta Cana Ecological
    Foundation

    Program is in the final phases of certification; check with the foundation before booking lodging at the resort.

    jkeel@puntacana.com

    www.puntacana.org

    Fiji

    Corals for Conservation

    Suva, Fiji

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    Contact Austin Bowden-Kerby

    bowdenkerby@yahoo.com

    679-331-3377, 679-623-1480

    Plantation Island Resort

    www.plantationisland.com

    Lomini Island Resort

    www.lomaniisland.com

    Bowden-Kerby says programs are also in creation in Jamaica and Belize. He invites inquiries.