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Bahamas Marine Biology 

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Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn internationally recognized certifications, documented community service hours and even college credits. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.

Bahamas Marine Biology offers 3 marine science college credits through Lesley University. Additionally, students earn 5 hours of documented community service and may pursue 5 PADI certifications.


Course Description
The ocean covers more than 70% of Earth’s surface and contains nearly 99% of the planet’s available living space. Within this realm, many unique and diverse species collectively help to create a complex world of interacting communities. Perhaps the most diverse and beautiful of these marine communities are found in tropical environments. This course will examine the biology and ecology of tropical marine communities and illustrate research techniques and equipment that marine biologists commonly use. In addition to classroom time, daily dives give you the opportunity to explore the environments you study in class.

Course Objectives

  • Gain a greater interest in the oceans and marine life
  • Develop an appreciation for the importance of life in the oceans to the history of life on the planet
  • Learn to identify and describe the diversity of life found in the oceans
  • Understand how individuals, populations and communities interact with each other and their physical environment
  • Appreciate the fragility of marine communities and identify the major threats to the health of these communities
  • Understand of how marine biologists conduct research in the field and in labs in order to better understand ecological and evolutionary relationships
  • Gain experience conducting group research in marine ecology
  • Practice collecting, analyzing and interpreting data so that it may be presented in a scientifically sound format


During this 23-day biology adventure, learn fundamental diving skills and complete 20+ scuba dives, for which you may earn multiple certifications including:

  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • PADI Underwater Naturalist
  • PADI AWARE Fish Identification
  • PADI AWARE Coral Reef Conservation


Through service, gain a more meaningful connection to the cultures and communities you explore while taking an active role to address important global issues at the local level. While in the Bahamas, assist researchers at the Andros and Gerace Research Centers on conservation and environmental projects and work with Gerace on environmental education projects for children.

  • Design and carry out fish population surveys for REEF
  • Assist with educating local children on the marine environment
  • Help the Bahamas National Trust maintain their trail system on Andros

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  • 3 College Credits
  • 5 Available Certifications
  • 5 Community Service Hours
Contact Hours
  • 55 Hours
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