CCMI’s 3-day Marine Ecology Courses are open to both primary and secondary schools in the Cayman Islands. The team at CCMI tailor course content to compliment the curriculum and make the most of the student’s time with CCMI. The course introduces students to tropical marine biology, ecology and conservation at one of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs. CCMI’s aim is to change students’ attitudes and behaviors about the ocean whilst having fun exploring Little Cayman. Activities typically include snorkeling, species identification, beach cleanup, field trip to the National Trust Booby Pond, guided iguana tour, lionfish dissections and a range of interactive classes.

“I’m always impressed with the level of engagement of students at all learning levels and the way the presenters improve the content and activities each year.”
Karlene Buckle, Cayman Prep Grade 6 Teacher, Cayman Islands

“The activities were varied, and covered many of our curriculum outcomes. The variety of unique research opportunities was excellent.”
James McGill, St Ignatius Grade 12 Teacher, Cayman Islands


CI$375 per student
CI$250 per instructor



CCMI provides scholarship opportunities for government school groups in the Cayman Islands. To become a sponsor please click HERE.

Edmund F. & Virginia B. Ball Caribbean Marine Ecology Camp

Programme Dates: 13th – 20th August 2019

Spend a week scuba diving and snorkeling at one of the world’s most stunning coral reefs. High school students (14 – 18 years old) will 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.

What students will gain from the experience
Camp activities include building underwater robots, lionfish cook-offs, underwater fish and coral ID classes, UV night dive, island-wide scavenger hunts, beach bonfires and so much more! For returning students, we will build on their experience from the previous year, using underwater robots to and use their fish identification skills to conduct a fish survey, for example.

“My experience was amazing because the people were incredible, the diving was awesome, and the information was endless.”
Margaret Glaser, Caribbean Marine Ecology Camper 2016


Caribbean Marine Ecology Camp is Sponsored by The Edmund F. & Virginia B. Ball Foundation

Scholarship Information 

Applications are currently open for five fully funded scholarships from the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation in support of the Central Caribbean Marine Institutes (CCMI) Caribbean Marine Ecology Camp (CMEC), running from 13th – 20th August 2019.

Applicant Requirements
–       A permanent resident of the Cayman Islands or a Caymanian passport holder

–       Between the ages of 14-18

–       Be in Excellent Academic Standing (3.0 GPA scale or equivalent)

Scholarship application is available HERE.

Young Environmentalist Leadership Course

CCMI’s Young Environmentalist Leadership Course (YELC) provides an opportunity for 10 local students to continue their educational pathway in the marine sciences. Over the course of the spring, summer and fall semesters, YELC participants complete their PADI Open Water, Advanced, and Rescue Diver certifications and they attend two separate week-long courses with CCMI Education specialists on Grand Cayman and Little Cayman. Students work on field projects, learn to use instruments and equipment to broaden their horizons and experiences that can be used in the workplace. Students also take part in night dives, lionfish dissections, CV workshops, mock job interviews and assist with CCMI’s ongoing research.

This programme works to build skilled and enthusiastic environmental ambassadors. Students are exposed to the breadth of opportunities in the marine industry and as a result, make important connections for employment and internships. Local businesses that are involved in the programme include GoProDiving, DiveTech, EcoDivers, ProYacht, Cayman Kayaks and government agencies include the Cayman Islands Department of Environment, John Gray High School, Clifton Hunter High School and the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC). The YELC programme bridges an important gap for local students that do not have access to post-school education in the Cayman Islands, breaking down financial and educational barriers.

“I would say the programme actually put me on a career path… it really opened my eyes to what I wanted to do in the future.”
Tyler Watler YELC 2015 graduate

YELC is supported by Foster’s Food Fair IGA, Go Pro Cayman and Cayman National Bank.