COASTAL CONSERVATION FAQ

I am not a diver. Will I still be able to take part in the snorkel surveys?

Yes! You don’t need to be a diver (scuba or free) to participate in the snorkel surveys. We just ask that you have prior experience of swimming with a mask & snorkel on the surface of the water.

I don’t have a mask, snorkel or fins. Is this a problem?

It is required that you bring your own mask and snorkel that is correctly fitted and that you’ve previously practised wearing (in a pool or open-water setting). We provide the fins! We also suggest that you bring a rash guard for extra protection against the sun while on the snorkel surveys.

I don’t really know anything about sand dunes. Will we receive training on what we will be doing?

No worries! We provide all necessary training so you can head out into the field and feel more confident after every survey you conduct. To begin with, it may be daunting trying to understand species and the methods, but in no time, you’ll be reciting them before checking the guides and species key.

How many people will I be sharing a room with?

There will be 4 people per room. In this room, there is a bathroom, a small kitchen/ livingroom and a balcony. Do keep in mind, while we avoid it, the rooms can be mixed gender.

Will I have much free time?

During the day you will have a morning shift and a late afternoon-evening shift. Some days, during the afternoons, you will have a ~2-hour data entry and/or photo classification shift. While you’re not shifted, you will have time to explore and relax as you please. You will also have two scheduled days off per week.

Are shops, restaurants, and beaches easily accessible from the accommodation?

Yes, they are! Our base in Skala is a 20-minute walk to all to shops, restaurants, and the beach. Skala is a vibrant town and comes to life in the summer months, meaning you have a large choice of places to shop and eat!

Will our snorkel surveys be supervised?

Absolutely! You will have a safety supervisor on a paddleboard alongside your snorkel group that is in communication with another safety supervisor on land with additional monitoring from there.

Will I have any safety flotation gear while snorkelling?

Yes, every snorkeler is required to wear a special snorkelling life jacket. The safety supervisor on the paddleboard will have additional safety gear.

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