Volunteering

Volunteer with Reef Restoration Foundation

Could you believe that the Great Barrier Reef did not have a single reef restoration organization or charity until 2016? Neither could I, nor the incredible individuals who started Reef Restoration Foundation in November of that year.

The Great Barrier Reef is known worldwide as the largest living ecosystem in the world and is comprised of more than 32,000 individual reefs. In Queensland alone, over 64,000 jobs depend on it and the tourism brings in over $6.4 billion dollars annually.

Unfortunately, all of this is in danger due to climate change. The increasing sea temperatures, ocean acidification, and pollution will have severe impacts on fragile coral.

What is the Reef Restoration Foundation’s goal?

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Photo by Jon Larra Dive

The Reef Restoration Foundation aims to plant 1 million corals back on the reef by the year 2026. They are choosing to bleach resistant mother corals, breaking off parts and encouraging them to reproduce asexually. They do this by planting coral trees in stable conditioned areas, then monitoring the growth, cleaning them of extra algae and out planting them.

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Scuba Diving, Volunteering

Volunteering with AIMS on the Great Barrier Reef

It’s the second to last day of the ten-day trip I volunteered on with the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and honestly, I am sad to go. These past 8 days have taught me about scientific data gathering, coral species, fish identification they have allowed me to dive some of the most pristine and untouched reefs I have ever seen all while on a boat with excellent company and delicious food. For anyone looking to volunteer and expand your marine science knowledge volunteering with AIMS on the Great Barrier Reef is the ideal place for you.

Prerequisites

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Before you do volunteer with aims, you will need to provide a plethora of documentation to prove your qualifications and skills. Amongst these will be:

  • A professional dive medical less than a year old. The 2299 in Australia.
  • First Aid and Advanced Resuscitation with Oxygen provider certification.
  • Minimum of PADI Rescue Diver qualification or equivalent.
  • 50 hours of logged diving. (This is very important, you must have your logbook signed, dated with all the relevant information filled in)
  • Be 18 years of age

You will also have to go through an induction in Townsville at the AIMS headquarters, fill out numerous liability releases, safety sheets and become familiar with the equipment. Once on the boat you will also have dive and boat induction on your first day.

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