Frequently Asked Questions
How much do your services cost?
This depends on the specific type of program you are looking for, there is no flat rate for each service. However, for projects requiring divers - either for benthic surveys or specimen collection, the average rate per day, per diver is $250. For field course coordination and all other services, please speak with us directly so we can discuss budgeting.
How long are your field programs?
A typical program is two weeks, however we can accommodate any number of days you are interested in booking.
What is a typical schedule like for a field course?
For a two week course, your time will be split between the west coast and south coast. We utilize the resources and field station of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Isla Magueyes laboratories and diving facilities when in the south. A typical day involves morning dives to collect data for students experiments, an afternoon session that recaps the events of the morning and includes instruction of various lab or field techniques, followed by either an excursion or free time to continue researching and developing the project. Some afternoons will involve only land excursions, and some days could involve all diving. The schedule is weather dependent so we always have a back up agenda. We make sure to allocate time for rest if there are multiple days of field work back-to-back. Our main focus is on helping students acquire sufficient data for their projects, teaching a variety of field and lab techniques, and introducing them to the island culture of Puerto Rico. Take a look at this one week schedule and this two week schedule.
Can you assist with coordinating internships?
Yes! We can help you find work in a laboratory or field setting at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez' Department of Marine Sciences. Many students have ongoing projects and are eager for assistance. Just contact us with your availability and some brief information about 1.) diving skills, 2.) laboratory skills i.e. DNA extractions, PCR techniques, RNA extraction, etc. , 3.) past experience and current employment. We will do our best to help you find housing and match you with students requiring assistance.
What can you tell us about safety?
We and our associates are trained in oxygen administration and CPR techniques, as well as first aid. We carry a DAN O2 kit on all dives, and two first aid kits. We are certified Rescue Divers, and have waterman survival training. Our lead diver, Evan, is an experienced Dive Master with over 700+ dives. Both Chelsea & Evan combined have over 25 years of diving experience. Puerto Rico is a safe environment for diving; we are not subject to strong currents at our dive sites. We will not dive in inclement weather, and all divers have the right to decline a dive when they feel uncomfortable with any aspect. For land excursions, we do not take our clients to areas of high risk. We only visit sites that we know well, and we scout new sites independently before taking the group.
Are you hiring?
Are you willing to travel to perform your services elsewhere, off Puerto Rico?
Yes, we are both able and willing to travel for field work. We both have diverse resumes with specific skill sets that could be of use to projects and organizations off Puerto Rico as well. We will need to work up a contract, so please feel free to contact us.
Who does your photography and who created your logo?
Duane Sanabria of D.S. Photography, JP Zegarra and Hector Ruiz. Our logo was designed by Chelsea and graphically illustrated and enhanced by the talented Daniel Irizarri.
There are no positions or internships available at this time. Please continue to check back!