Blue Ventures has worked in Belize since 2010 and as well as our conservation, research and volunteer activities we work closely with Belizean Government departments and community-based organisations. Through these partnerships, we offer capacity building for SCUBA diving and marine monitoring, and in November we hosted two personnel from the Belize Defence Force as well as the project manager from the Sarteneja Fishermen Association.
Their dive training with our Expedition Manager, Davide Grazi, certified them as PADI Open Water and PADI Advanced Open Water divers. Their visit was a huge success, and we are looking forward to welcoming more partners from the Belize Fisheries Department, Coastal Zone Management Authority & Institute and Belize Defence Force in 2016 to join our marine conservation expeditions in Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve.
Lieutenant Jasmine E. Elliott from the Belize Defence Force said “I would like to thank the Blue Ventures team for your partnership with the Belize Defence Force and for providing SCUBA training for our personnel at Bacalar Chico Dive Camp . The training is very beneficial to our unit and will be put to great use. We look forward to more of our team joining you in 2016.”