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Exploration Science Experience – Dominican Republic

Trip Summary

Calling all students, graduates, and anyone working toward a career in ocean conservation, environmental science, and outreach.

This program is for anyone who wants to gain relevant field experience – not only will it will make your CV stand up above the rest but it will be an opportunity of a lifetime.

The Exploration Science Program is designed specifically to prepare new scientists to lead teams on open ocean expeditions.

This intimate and unique course will give you the skills needed to lead your own real life expedition when the time comes. You’ll get cutting edge information on ocean exploration and how best to conduct research or promote important conservation initiatives. You will be led by an experienced and multidisciplinary team of top rate educators who are as passionate about this field as you are.

Set sail on a magnificent conservation sailing vessel. Built in the United Kingdom in 2000 for the Global Challenge Race (one of the most demanding and longest ocean voyages ever undertaken), she’s 72 feet with a steel hull! She’s been repurposed as a vessel used exclusively for conservation efforts and she’s logged a staggered 50,000 miles across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans in order to help conduct this important and always ongoing research on the state of the marine environment.

We live in a world that is constantly moving and increasingly changing. As people, we are beginning to understand how everyone and everything is dependent on key connections that are influencing us. These connections influence not only our culture, but the conditions of the planet we depend upon to sustain us. We humans need an increasing number of progressively thinking scientists to understand both the changes and their influences.

This is the key challenge scientists’ face.

And with this key challenge in mind, the operator of this tour has developed a unique program in collaboration with Dr. Keene Haywood of the University of Miami in order to train scientists.

The best part is that while you are educating yourself and preparing for your future (and the future of all others) you will get to experience the ultimate thrill of sailing the deep rich blue waters of the Caribbean under fantastic trade-wind skies.

The crew will teach you how to provision the boat, develop an itinerary, plan the route, and sail safely across the wide open ocean – all the while developing the skills needed to communicate and collect important oceanic data.

This one of a kind expedition is open to everyone who wants to gain experience in conducting expeditions or who might potentially be able to use the program to gain credit toward their degree.

Trip Notes

Rough Itinerary

March 7:  Students will be picked up by dinghy at the dock  in Boca Chica, just East of the international airport. Everyone will have an opportunity to settle into the yacht, and put away their personal belongings. The captain and first mate will give crew a safety and expedition briefing, followed by basic safety training. After an evening meal, the crew will retire and sleep on the boat for the night.

March 8:  Students will go out for a morning sail, before returning to her mooring to explore the reefs on the south shore of the DR.

March 9-10:  The boat will work east along the coast, visiting some field sites that have been identified by scientists at UM as needing further exploration.

March 11:   Sail around the east end of the Dominican Republic and into the Mona Passage

March 12:  Sail into the bay of Samana, a world famous destination for whales.

March 13-14:  Explore Samana Bay and its national park.

March 15:  The boat will return to the town of Samana, and students can disembark and take the bus back to the airport.

Dates & Rates

Dates: 7th- 15th March 2015

Price: From $2,500

Please note that the boat is a dry vessel. No alcohol or cigarettes will be permitted on board.

Contribution Includes:

  • 8 nights accommodation on the boat
  • All meals, snacks and drinks on board
  • Sailing instruction scientific leadership training
  • Training and education covered in the syllabus
  • Safety equipment and foul weather gear
  • Opportunity to receive IYT Introduction to Boating and International Crew Certificate upon passing of exam

Contribution Does Not Include:

  • Transportation to and from Grand Cayman Island
  • Transportation to and from the dock
  • Additional nights spent ashore
  • Personal expense while in port

Visa Requirements

Students will require a passport from their home country that will allow them to travel to the Cayman Islands. There may be specific visa requirements for students from countries outside of North America. For specific visa information, contact the Cayman Islands Immigration Department.


“The operators of this floating marine conservation yacht are quite unique. They believe that the depth, complexity and sheer inertia of the threats to our oceans is significant but that practical solutions and the resources to implement them do still exist. They also believe that our ultimate success depends on a future generation of inspired conservationists.

True to their beliefs the team is passionate about involving everyday people in their mission. Their support of marine exploration, education and conservation work is specifically designed to create space for regular people to join the front line team. On board this fantastic expedition vessel, professional leaders work alongside visiting crew as one team.
This synergy provides valuable manpower, skills and financial support to their broader mission. You get the chance to step forward into the front-line issues, see first-hand how the work is done, build skills and live a genuine adventure.
Another World Adventures is proud to support these not-for-profit expeditions.”  

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