Summer Camp

Marine Biology and Diving in cooperation with National Geographic and PADI

Please, note that we will not hold our sailing and diving Summer Camp in 2017. It will be substituted by another camp. We will resume in 2018.

Our “Sailing and Diving in Paradise” Summer Camps are now open to everyone. You don’t need to be a student to register. Welcome to Paradise!

Watch the National Geographic movie about the diving program.


Abrantes R&D International on behalf of the Ethology Institute and the University of Illinois.

The islands and the undersea world of the South Andaman Sea.

We will spend the three first days ashore with theoretical classes and swimming pool diving training. Then, we’ll embark and we will spend four days and three nights cruising the islands of the South Andaman Sea, diving, snorkeling, and hiking on the islands. We’ll come ashore for the two last days for relaxing, shopping and enjoying the beaches before returning to the west.

July 3 thru July 14, 2016.

Maximum number of students
18 in all.

Course Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of animal behavior. You must be able to swim.

Course Credit
A total of three undergraduate credit hours will be awarded upon completion of the course. Please check with your university as to the transfer of credit points. It is your responsibility to apply for credit transfer. You can order an official PADI credits transfer document.

Certificate of completion
All attending students will receive a certificate of completion from the Ethology Institute Cambridge besides their diving certificate from PADI and National Geographic.

Independently of whether you are a student at the Ethology Institute Cambridge or not, please register at the eiShop. To secure a place, register as soon as possible and no later than March 30, 2016.

Guesthouse in a double room with shower, and aboard our boat.

Arrival and departure
We take care of your transportation by bus to and from the airport. We will arrange a meeting point at the airport to collect all of you arriving that day. If you have the option, book your flight to accommodate the bus schedule. If you don’t, just let us know it and we will sort it out.

What’s new this year?
We have included one extra day to allow the students to get rid of their jet lag. This extra day will also allow for a more relaxing study of the theory. We have now included an introduction to marine biology. For the students, who participated in previous year, we’ll offer the possibility of upgrading their diving certificate (e.g. to Advanced Open Water, Specialty or even Rescue Diver).

National Geographic PADI Open Water Course

As a National Geographic Diver, your certification signifies you have all the abilities of a PADI Open Water Diver plus the additional knowledge that broadens your awareness of the aquatic realm and new skills to better explore underwater. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the foundation for the National Geographic Diver program.

Here are a few additional skills that will be taught and mastered during your National Geographic Diver Course.

Exploration Project: Because exploration and underwater sciences encompass a wide range of physical and biological disciplines, we focus on the unique and interesting aspects of the dive sites. Noting the animal life, plant life, topography, geology, human-made structures and sketching it on a slate.

Aquatic Life Identification: Discuss, identify and record aquatic plants, invertebrate and vertebrates at a fresh water or salt-water environment. Predominantly where we are this will be salt water but you’ll understand much more than the average diver of fresh water marine life also.

Navigation Skills: Good underwater navigation is the key to enjoyable diving experiences and precise navigation using a compass is a fun challenge for all divers. Combining compass navigation with keen observation skills increases a National Geographic diver’s awareness and builds confidence in your diving skills. You’ll learn many skills for natural navigation also.


Saturday, July 03

Arrival and transportation from the airport. Unpacking, etc.

Information and Welcome Party




beach, and studying the diving theory.

/MIG) Diving certificate Theory and Swimming pool.

MIG) Diving certificate practice swimming pool.




beach, and studying the diving theory.

MIG) Diving certificate Theory and Swimming pool.

MIG) Diving certificate practice swimming pool, and
theory exams.




(DBA) Team Building


 Introduction to Marine Biology.




the South Siam three and first open water dive (Racha Yai).

One dive Racha Yai (or Racha Noi, depending on weather).

One dive Phi-Phi.




Two more dives (Racha Yai), beach

Two dives Phi-Phi, swimming in Losama Bay (Do you remember the movie ‘The Beach’?)

Two dives Phi-Phi, relax at Maya Bay.



Dinner on Phi Phi.


Night dive.

Local night life on Phi-Phi.



Monday, July 14

(RAA, MIG) One dive Shark Point. Underwater navigation.

Shoping, relaxing, beach, etc.

Packing and Goodbyes.




Two dives, Anemona Reef, Koh Doc
May. Fish and coral

Social Afternoon

Departure to the airport.


Official Dinner

Departure to your destination.

Sailing back to Chalong and check in

Farewell Party


RAA – Roger Abrantes, PhD, Divemaster

MIG – Michael Gold, PADI instructor

Other PADI instructors – Alwin and Fumiko (your instructors from last year leading Alfa and Bravo groups)

DBA – Daniel Abrantes

This program may be subject to minor changes. Keep updated.

To register and pay, please click here. We would like to have as many nationalities represented as possible. Sign up as soon as possible. The earlier we have the final registrations, the better we can plan the Summer Camp. If you want to participate you can and should register now. Deadline for registration is March 30, 2016.

All participants in the Summer Camp receive a certificate of completion from the Ethology Institute and from the National Geographic Society (when applicable). They will also receive their PADI diver’s certificate. OW divers upgrading to AOW will receive their diver’s certificate from PADI.

Fee: €1248 (US$1360, UK£950, AUD 1910, JPY 164,000, THB 49,000). Fee to be paid in Euros no later than March 30, 2016. The fees in other currencies are only approximate figures (valid at the time of writing, Jan. 2016). Please, perform a currency conversion based on the actual exchange rate—click Currency Converter.
Note: If you wish to have an extended holiday and arrive earlier or departure later than the official dates, we can organize rooming and transfers for you at very reasonable rates. Please, let us know it in advance and we will give you a quote.