Sarteneja, Belize: Lionfish Pre-Departure Briefing

Please click on the images and links below to download pre-departure forms and guides.

Paying your balance


You can pay your balance via cheque, bank transfer, or securely online via PayPal (please note there is a 3% PayPal charge).

For more information on the different options, please download the payment details.

If you need a PayPal invoice or have any questions at all, please contact the London office.

Pre-departure information


Download the Belize Lionfish Handbook

It is very important that you read this thoroughly before you leave and print important sections.

Flights


In the pre-departure guide, we recommend a number of places you can get quotes for your flights – however, you may find it convenient to check flight prices using Longreach’s online booking tool:

Click here to search for flights! >>

Blue Ventures support the UK governments ‘Know before you go’ campaign.  This link gives up to date health and safety tips to travellers.

Dive Kit


We have prepared a Belize Dive Kit list – essential reading! You will need to bring the items marked ‘essential’. We have some items marked ‘recommended’ on site for you but some volunteers may like to invest in these items too.

Forms


Once you place down a deposit you will be sent an email with some links to forms to upload information that we need from you.  These links are specific to you, so please don’t lose them and don’t let any other volunteers use them.  If you have any problems filling these in, please contact our London office.

You will need to take copies of various things to site with you.  These are:

  • Your travel insurance certificate (if you decide not to buy the Blue Ventures travel insurance)
  • Your DAN membership card or copy of confirmation email
  • Your diver certification cards (where applicable)
  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your medical forms

Insurance


You will need valid travel insurance and Divers Alert Network (DAN) membership to cover you for your entire expedition. You can purchase travel insurance from the insurer of your choice, but it is very important that you join DAN as they are familiar with the location of our research and dive sites. Divers Alert Network is an organisation which provide emergency medical support and logistics for divers worldwide.

For DAN insurance, we require a minimum of Basic Membership (Student Membership will not cover all the diving you will be doing):

Travel Insurance


Safety is extremely important when travelling on a Blue Ventures expedition. It is therefore within our booking conditions that you have adequate insurance in place before you travel with us. We have partnered with Endsleigh to offer you policies which have been specifically designed to meet your requirements whilst you are on your trip with us. More information about this and how to purchase it is included in the emails sent after you paid your deposit.

If you would like more information about purchasing this, please contact the London office.

Training


Marine Science Training Handbook


Download the Belize Lionfish Marine Science Training Handbook

The handbook provides an important overview to the training you will be given on your expedition. We recommend reading this prior to your expedition as it will prepare you for your training on site and enable you to start work on our underwater survey programmes as soon as possible.

Emergency


In case of an emergency only, you can contact our field site in Belize by ringing:

+44 (0)7909 525 410

If normal communication are not working, a message will be relayed to the camp via satellite telephone.

Please remember to inform family and friends that to contact them from Belize is difficult and therefore they should not worry if they have not heard from you whilst you are in the field.

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