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If you go . . .

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.