We have a local NGO that has worked alongside Australian Whale and Marine Research organisation to offer volunteers a unique and unforgettable opportunity.
- Conservation on Whales through conducting important research
- Swim with an with all kinds of sea life including turtles and sharks
- Undertake scientific activities needed for research
- Snorkel in some of the best waters in the world
- A chance to live aboard a whale research vessel and get up close to these incredible animals
Whale and Marine Research assistants complete a wide range of tasks that are essential to the program. This will include marine radio operations, GPS operations, safety and environment protocols. Additionally, video recordings, monitoring whale behaviour, program health, data management, genetic sampling and photo identification among other activities.
The only requirements to be a valued member of the team is a love for marine wildlife. Also, a passion to make a difference and some element of physical fitness.
The day will begin with a meeting at 7am with the research team followed by a 7.30am journey aboard the Flying Fish vessel to the study site. With the chance to take in the fantastic marine wildlife and the environment on the shores of the Whitsundays, Volunteers are put into teams before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef. Teams are focused on data entry tasks before exploring the reef and being immersed in this tropical landscape. During the evenings we do a review of the theory. This includes lectures and presetations based on the day’s results will be done. No two days with the BPM team will be the same.
While on-board the boat there will be free time to explore the reef and the shores of Whitsundays. Especially for those who register for consecutive placements, there will be a day off to go site seeing, traveling around the reef to remote hot spots like Whitehaven Beach, there you will have plenty of time for snorkelling, swimming and sight seeing excisions.
You may choose to complete a dive course. If you are a certified diver, or not, you can book onto a PADI Dive course to explore more of the Whitsundays and what it has to offer.