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Best Gap Year Programmes for Scuba Diving

The underwater world

So picture this...tank on your back, weightless, underwater and silence...the only sound is that of your breathing and you're surrounded by vivid, technicolor reefs with Nemo and Dory scooting about...sun light streaming through to highlight the intricate colours and what lies within. Sounding good?

Scuba diving is the best way to experience the underwater world in all its glory and the glory does still exist... in hidden places, tucked away from the crowds, but not forever as global warming is out of control.

Scientist believe that global warming is causing 'coral bleaching', caused when the seawater reaches above-average temperatures, causing the polypus to expel the algae that live in their tissues. Without 90% of energy generated by the algae, the coral begins to starve, turning white. This is disastrous considering they hold 25% of all marine biodiversity in the world. Official figures claim that in 2016 bleaching killed between 29-50% of the coral on the Great Barrier Reef, and it’s not improving anytime soon.

A sense of urgency is upon us to earn our scuba stripes so we can see these underwater worlds before they diasppear and if we are lucky you can combine scuba with marine conservation to do your bit. So get your scuba skates on!

Coral reef in Kenya

Where are you looking to go?

Costa Rica Marine is our dedicated scuba programme for those who really want to perfect their diving and be part of a coral regeneration project. Picture coral gardening- replanting broken shards of coral back onto the main reef, all whilst surrounded by an underwater safari of brightly coloured fish.

Kenya has an optional scuba course built in to the programme, setting you up so you can help with their marine conservation projects, doing your bit for the blue planet. Again, you'll be travelling out onto the reef to dive amongst the stunning array of fish, you might even spot dolphins and turtles too.

Add on independent travel

What we are finding is that our teams never want to come home post-programme and choose to add on a phase of independent travel with their new found friends - certainly making the most of their gap year. We can easily support this through our Leap VIP travel resource which every leaper has access to. Inside you will find 101 travel ideas and itineraries to make sure you see the highlights of every country and do it through vetted, safe people. Have a read of the following blogs to get you started.

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