Sarteneja, Belize Pre-Departure Briefing New

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Paying your balance

paymentdetails.jpgPayment Details

You can pay your balance via cheque, bank transfer, or securely online via PayPal (please note there is a 3% PayPal charge).

For more information on the different options, please click on the Payment Details link above.  

If you need a PayPal invoice or have any questions at all, please contact the London office.

Getting ready to go

belize_exped_handbook2_frontPre-departure Handbook

Please read this carefully, it will guide you through the preparation you will need to do before joining us in Belize.

Essential and Recommended Dive Kit

We have prepared a Dive Kit List - essential reading if you've never dived before and you're feeling a bit bewildered about what kit to buy. You will need to bring the items marked 'essential'.  We have items marked 'recommended' on site for you but some volunteers may like to invest in these items.





Once you place down a deposit you will be sent an email with some links to forms to upload information that we need from you.  These links are specific to you, so please don't lose them and don't let any other volunteers use them.  If you have any problems filling these in, please contact our London office.

You will need to take copies of various things to site with you.  These are:

  • Your travel insurance certificate (if you decide not to buy the Blue Ventures travel insurance)
  • Your DAN membership card or copy of confirmation email
  • Your diver certification cards (where applicable)
  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your medical forms

Other Useful information

Divers Alert Network (DAN)

For DAN insurance, we only require a minimum of the lowest membership (it has different names depending on where you live).  More information is provided on the insruance online form you will be sent a link to when you have confirmed your place.

Travel Insurance

Safety is extremely important when travelling on a Blue Ventures expedition. It is therefore within our booking conditions that you have adequate insurance in place before you travel with us.

We have partnered with Endsleigh to offer you policies which have been specifically designed to meet your requirements whilst you are on your trip with us. More information about this and how to purchase it on the link you would have been sent after you paid your deposit.  The cost is £9 per week. If you would like more information about purchasing this, please contact the London office.

UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO

Blue Ventures support the UK governments 'Know before you go' campaign.  This link gives up to date health and safety tips to travellers.

Underwater Videos

Take a look at some of the latest underwater videos of fish from around the dive sites; these will come in handy if you want to do some pre-departure training of your own.


coral-reef-fishes.jpgSpecies Identification guides

It is very important you have a copy of Paul Humann's "Reef Fish Identification" (preferable) or Ewald Lieske's "Coral Reef Fishes" and also have a copy of Paul Humann's "Reef Coral Identification- Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas" - which will help you immensely in mastering your species identification. We also recommend Paul Humann's "Reef Creature Identification".

We have created a fish and benthic species list for Belize as well including target species so please be familiar with this before you go. You will be split into two groups; Fish and Benthic so you will either have to learn one group or the other from this document. If you have a preference do let us know in advance, otherwise it will be done at random and we will endeavour to notify you a few weeks before you go.



belize-science-training-frontMarine Science Training Handbook

The handbook provides an important overview to the training you will be given on your expedition. We recommend reading this prior to your expedition as it will prepare you for your training on site and enable you to start work on our underwater survey programmes as soon as possible.





We have an online practice test for fish & benthic species in Belize. You can take the test at

A digital species library for the fish families and species of the Western Indian Ocean can be found here:  Again, this has been constructed from the valuable work done by volunteers at our Madagascar site.





In case of an emergency only, you can contact our field site in Belize by ringing:

  • +44 (0)7909 525 410

A message will be relayed to the camp via satellite telephone.