Learn to Dive with Marine Conservation Company

Happy ReefCI guests at sunset
Learn to Dive with Marine Conservation Company

Always wanted to learn to dive??

Visit ReefCI in beautiful Belize and learn to dive in our warm, calm and crystal clear Caribbean Waters! Swop the chlorine filled swimming pool for the warm lagoon out front of our own private island and study your PADI theory from the comfort of your very own hammock, under a palm tree, overlooking the Caribbean sea! 

ReefCI are a marine conservation SCUBA company offering Monday - Friday trips on our own private island. We only take small groups and with a very high staff to volunteer ratio you will receive excellent personalised instruction.

Learn about the fish, the reef, the invasive lionfish and all other exciting elements of reef conservation. Once qualified participate in Reef Surveys and collect valuable data for a number of exciting conservation projects.


ReefCI is based on a beautiful remote paradise island in the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve, Southern Belize. The mainland base in Punta Gorda, a vibrant local Caribbean fishing town. We leave for the island on a Monday morning and return to the mainland every Friday afternoon.


The project is based on a remote island location so you need to make sure you are in Punta Gorda town no later than early monday morning. Once on the island you will be introduced to your dive instructor who will tailor your dive schedule to your inidividual needs. The PADI Open Water course can take between 2 and 4 days and once completed you will join in on some conservation / survey dives on the reef!


Accomodation on the island is rustic but comfortable.

We have a number of small oceanside cabanas with shared bathroom facilities along with a few larger ensuite double rooms in the main building. 

Rainwater is our main source of water on the island and we have plenty of purified drinking water. We run a small generator to allow you to charge laptops, ipods, cameras and run lights and fans. 

We have wireless internet for a small fee.

We have a regional and seasonal purchasing policy so all food is fresh and locally sourced. 

Cost Breakdown

This program may have a Reservation Fee, which is included in the total cost and is due once you commit to the program, with the remaining Program Fee balance due 30 days before your arrival date.

1 week:     $1,299
2 weeks:     $2,299
3 weeks:     $3,433
4 weeks:     $4,562

We close for October and the first 2 weeks of February but operate for the remainder of the year.

Whale shark season is officially March - June

We only take small groups so places can get booked quickly.

Click here for full details about your program costs and how your Program Fee is used.

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Note: All listed prices are in US Dollars.

How To Sign Up

Signing up is a three-step process:

  • Fill out an Inquiry Form. Please note: submissions must be made at least 4 weeks prior to your prospective start date.
  • A member of the Volunteer Global team will get in touch with you to confirm program availability for your chosen dates, and schedule an interview if needed.
  • Once your interview is complete, you will be notified to submit your Reservation Fee to reserve your program and schedule. Your final Program Fee is due at least 4 weeks prior to in-country arrival in order to reserve your placement.

Important Note

This is a pilot program. As part of our program development process, we ask our first groups of participating volunteers to provide additional feedback to assist us in ensuring the most rewarding experience possible in cooperation with ReefCI for their associated programs.

Registration must be completed at least one month prior to your program start date, so...let's get started!


  • 18 and older
  • Good health
    • Passionate about the ocean and conservation
    • All guests must complete a PADI medical form
    • Competent Swimmer / comfortable in the water
    • A good team player
Partner: ReefCI
Country: Belize

Type of Work: Conservation
Type of Trip:

Duration: 1 week or longer
Fee: From $1,299
Sign up now to volunteer for this project! - Volunteer Global

Your Program Fee Covers:

  • Registration and pre-departure interview
  • Volunteer handbook (when available)
  • 24/7 U.S.-based staff support
  • In-country housing and certain amenities
  • Training and guidance from host group
  • Host program needs, such as tools or supplies for your project
  • Post-trip thank-you packet
  • Monthly newsletters

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, it does not cover your flight, passport/visa, vaccinations, transportation while in country, exit fees, meals, or personal expenses. Click here for full details about your program costs!