International Field Studies

Forfar Marine Science Programme

Job description

Programme overview
Learn to scuba dive and study marine biology on a remote island in The Bahamas. Anyone, aged 18-23 can join this Gap Year programme geared towards students looking to gain experience in the field of marine science. Offered each fall and Spring, students will spend six-weeks living at Forfar Field Station on Andros Island, Bahamas.

This programme will teach students (no experience necessary) how to scuba dive as they earn their PADI Open Water and PADI Advanced Open Water certifications.

Students will take classes and receive certifications for sea kayaking, wilderness first aid, and leave no trace. Students will also learn about the Bahamian culture and spend time volunteering with local nonprofits. This is the perfect opportunity to gain real life, hands-on experience before starting, or continuing, university.

Sample itinerary

  • Week one: introduction to marine biology
  • Week two: service learning and exploring the Bahamian culture
  • Week three: sea kayaking
  • Week four: wilderness first aid/leave no trace
  • Week five: PADI open water diving
  • Week six: PADI advanced open water diving


  • Fall 2019: 29 October - 6 December , 2019
  • Spring 2020: Full. No space available.
  • Fall 2020: Oct-Dec, 2020
  • Spring 2021: Jan-Feb, 2021

Focus: marine science, coastal ecotourism, island ecology, diving, sea kayaking, volunteerism

Certifications you’ll receive:

  • PADI Open Water,
  • PADI Advanced Open Water,
  • ACA Sea Kayaking,
  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA),
  • Leave No Trace (LNT)

Programme cost: $4,999

What’s included:
Lodging, three meals a day, round trip flight from Nassau to Andros, ground transportation, all field trips and excursions, Dive, Kayak, WFA, and LNT certifications and instruction, and trip facilitators/environmental educators. Diving gear available includes: BCD, regulator, weights and belt. Job and resume assistance upon programme completion.

What’s not included:
Flight to Nassau, BS, health/travel/dive insurance, dive mask/snorkel/fins/wet suit, and ACA membership fees.

International Field Studies
International Field Studies is a non-profit organisation providing environmental education, scientific research, and cultural awareness through experiential learning.

What we are looking for

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details


How to apply

There are only a few spaces left in the upcoming fall 2019 session, so we encourage applications to click the Apply button to visit our website and apply today or contact us with interest.

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