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Primary and Secondary Education (K-12) | Central Caribbean Marine Institute
Edmund F. & Virginia B. Ball
Caribbean Marine Ecology Camp
High School Students (14-18 Years Old)
4th July - 10th July 2017
8th August - 14th August 2017
Open To All – Cayman residents AND international students
Spend a week of action packed fun on Little Cayman, one of the world’s most stunning coral reefs. Learn about tropical marine ecology and conservation in our interactive programme where no day will be the same! Students will benefit from lessons and frequent interaction with experts in marine ecology including researchers and resident graduate students. Divers and non-divers are accepted into the programme, but it is intended for students who have an interest and some experience in marine ecology and conservation.
Students (14-18 years old) must be entering or in high school and must be in good academic standing at their school. Qualified students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited and we encourage you to register early. A maximum of 16 students will be admitted per each camp.
WHAT WILL STUDENTS BE DOING?
Students will have fun exploring the island's marine environment and terrestrial habitats. Each day has a full schedule with field trips to the reef, lectures from resident scientists, and fun educational activities to increase a student's knowledge of the fish, coral and other life that inhabits a coral reef. Students will be able to identify most common Caribbean fish species, and by learning alongside our staff researchers students will gain first-hand experience with our coral nursery, dissecting invasive lionfish, and coral reef ecology and threats - all while exploring the most unique and endangered ecosystem on our planet.
• Scuba dive and snorkel with scientists and experienced instructors
• Learn how to identify fish, coral and marine plants in the classroom and field
• Follow the treasure trail in our island wide scavenger hunt competition
• Dissect lionfish during our lionfish criminal investigation
• Learn what it is like to be a marine scientist working to understand how this fragile environment works and how you can save coral reefs from extinction.
Scuba certification is NOT required. Students planning to dive must arrive already scuba-certified.
Our summer camps will be hosted at the Little Cayman Research Centre, Little Cayman. This facility is located on the North Coast with uninterupted views of the reef. The site has a number of dorm rooms and A/C.
$1999 (US) - For International Participants *
Includes room, 3 meals a day, pickup and return to Little Cayman airport, all field trips and diving.
* Please note Cayman Island residents are eligible for scholarships for up to 65% of camp costs. Please email us for more details before you register for the Caribbean Marine Ecology Camp below.
Qualified students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited, so you are encouraged to complete the registration and payment process early. Registration takes just a few steps:
Email the completed waivers to Tom Sparke, CCMI Education Programme Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Acceptance notification
We will notify you via email of your acceptance into the programme. At this time, please send us a check for any outstanding balance or pay via a bank transfer (details can be provided).
3) Acquire insurance and make travel arrangements:
(a) DAN Insurance
All divers must have DAN insurance. We recommend the Preferred plan for international divers. Cayman Islands residents, however, cannot obtain the Preferred plan so we recommend they obtain the Traveller EMS Insurance: http://www.danworld.ky/.
If you are US or Canadian citizen please purchase DAN insurance through the link below:
(b) Cayman Airways
Many U.S. and international carriers fly to Grand Cayman while Cayman Airways operates several short-hop flights between Grand Cayman and Little Cayman daily.
You may pay in part or in full at any time.
Either MAIL IN YOUR PAYMENT
Pay by check:
Please make check payable to "Central Caribbean Marine Institute" and mail it to:
Central Caribbean Marine Institute
Little Cayman Research Centre
North Coast Road
P.O. Box 37
Little Cayman KY3-2501
the young environmentalist leadership course (YELC)
YELC is CCMI's newest education programme and it aims to introduce students to the role of the environment in our everyday lives, especially as a precious business commodity. This programme is sponsored, to ensure local students have the opportunity of taking part without the pressure of finding the funds. Interactive presentations in the schools encourage students to enroll for the opportunity to be interviewed and chosen to participate in the course. YELC focuses primarily on providing a chance for Year 11 Caymanian students from public secondary schools (aged 15-18) to learn more about the ocean and how it links to everyday life in the Cayman Islands.
YELC is aimed at students with a great interest in the environment, sustainable tourism, watersports or marine based mechanics. Student go through a rigorous recruitment process for the opportunity to be interviewed for a place on the course, which consists of 2 weeks packed with valuable opportunities and amazing experiences! Students are given an introduction to marine conservation theory, the marine environment and tourism and current threats to the environment. To see how conservation and tourism work in practice, students are given the opportunity to spend time with the DOE and local businesses. At the Little Cayman Research Centre (LCRC), time is spent with our researchers and visiting scientists to understand the importance of science and how it contributes to local management. Everyone taking part in the course completes dive training up to Rescue Diver (including Emergency First Response) with Go Pro Diving, Grand Cayman. Once rescue diver training is completed, there is the option to enroll in PADI professional development course with Go Pro for free!
Following the continous dive trainiing, week course on Grand Cayman and week at the LCRC, students continuing schooling with the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC) will be assisted in finding marine-related work experience placements. A number of our YELC graduates are now in scholarships with the Department of Environment and Red Sail Dive Company.
Year 11 Caymanian students aged 15-18 years old who currently attend one of the Cayman Islands Government high schools and are enrolling with the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre are eligible to join. Students are identified by teachers and undergo a recruitment process to secure their place on the course. A maximum of 10 students per year will be awarded scholarship.
SCUBA Diving (PADI Open water, Advanced and Rescue Diver Training)
Emergency First Response Training
Snorkeling and swimming
Marine species identification
Learning about the importance of Marine Park Laws
Observing and learning about what it's like to be a marine scientist
Conservation theory classes
Field trips to local businesses
Programme participants will stay at the Little Cayman Research Centre (LCRC). The LCRC opens onto the beautiful Caribbean Sea, with the world-renowned Bloody Bay Reef less than half a mile to the west. The LCRC affords dormitory-style sleeping accommodations, a screened-in dining area, an off-the-grid sustainable-development bathhouse, laboratories, library, boats and a multimedia classroom. For more information, see About LCRC.
All candidates will be interviewed after application and successful candidates will receive a full scholarship. The only cost is DAN Travellers EMS insurance at a cost of $109.
These 3-day courses are open to all primary schools but do incur a fee. If you are a student and would like to participate, please ask one of your teachers to contact us. If you are a teacher, please contact the CCMI Programme Officer (see contact information below) to arrange dates and obtain further details.
Join us at the Little Cayman Research Centre (LCRC) for 3 days and 2 nights to learn tropical marine biology, ecology and conservation at one of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs. Students will learn that, in the Cayman Islands, their lives are inextricably linked to the ocean – the health of each one depends on the other. This 3-day course will introduce students to conservation topics such as coral bleaching, marine pollution and destructive fishing practices in both worldwide and local scales. The programme is intended for students who have an interest in science.
Students 10-18 years old who are currently enrolled in school and are in good academic standing are eligible to join. Teachers or school administrators should contact CCMI to arrange class trips. A maximum of 20 students per session will be admitted.
Typical activities during a Marine Ecology Course include snorkeling, species identification, beach cleanup, field trip to the National Trust Booby Pond, guided iguana tour and biking. Students will also have opportunities to view demonstrations of ongoing science projects such as lionfish dissections and water chemistry work.
Programme participants will stay at the Little Cayman Research Centre (LCRC). The LCRC affords dormitory-style sleeping accommodations, a screened-in dining area, an off-the-grid sustainable-development bathhouse, laboratories, boats and a classroom equipped with relevant literature. For more information, see About LCRC.
CI$350 per student
CI$250 per instructor
Includes room, 3 meals a day, pickup and return to Little Cayman airport and associated activities at LCRC. Airfare to/from Little Cayman is not included.
Registration takes just a few steps:
1) Contact CCMI programme officer
Contact the CCMI programme officer to arrange course dates and discuss details. If you are a student and would like to participate, please ask one of your teachers to contact us. If you are a teacher, please email email@example.com.
2) Fill out registration forms and waivers
Registration is coordinated by the sponsoring teacher, who will collect the forms and waivers filled out by each student and send them to the CCMI programme officer.
Each student is required to complete the following document: EcoCourse_Registration_Pack.pdf.
Each participant must completely fill out and sign all forms.
A parent or guardian must sign the forms and waivers in addition to the student.
Someone other than the signing parties must witness the signing.
All forms and waivers should be handed into the sponsoring teacher and CCMI no later than ONE MONTH before the scheduled eco-weekend. Failure to meet this deadline will jeopardize a participant's ability to attend. At this time, please also send in all payments with your mailed documents (see below).
3) Make travel arrangments to Little Cayman
(a) Cayman Airways
Cayman Airways operates several short-hop flights between Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman daily.
See our FAQs for frequently asked questions and further travel information: http://reefresearch.org/education/faqs/.
All fees should be handed into the teacher sponsoring the eco-weekend along with the completed forms and waivers. Checks should be made payable to the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.
The sponsoring teacher will forward all forms, waivers and fees to CCMI. Please mail all correspondence to:
Central Caribbean Marine Institute
Little Cayman Research Centre
North Coast Road
P.O. Box 37
Little Cayman KY3-2501
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