Education

Bitonga Divers-boat launchBitonga Divers

Bitonga Divers wasfirst established in Inhambane to provide professional Scuba training for rural Moçambicans, allowing them to get top jobs in the dive tourism industry.  In 2006, when Bitonga Divers was formed, there were no Moçambican divemasters or instructors. Since that time, in partnership with Ocean Revolution and using foreign owned dive centers, Bitonga Divers now has trained 12 Mozambican Instructors and 17 divemasters.   In addition to professional dive training, Bitonga Divers participates with Ocean Revolution in training Mozambican graduate students (future scientists, regulatory and policy-makers) enrolled in the University Eduardo Mondlane Masters program of Marine Biology and Coastal Management. Students of the UEM Tourism School in Inhambane, the Inhambane Fire Department, IDDPE and the Ministry of Fisheries have also received training From Bitonga Divers.  Bitonga Divers also conducts community awareness and recruitment events in remote coastal villages along the Inhambane coast from Inhassoro to Zavora. These “Village Talks” help to build responsible local economies through ecosystem and resource education. We have worked with Bitonga divers in pointing out some of the villages that have particularly unsusntainable activites pertaining to fishing. Areas where the village talks will do the greatest good. Please find out more about Bitonga Divers on their website, and support their drive to supply alternative livelihoods for local Mozambicans. (www.bitongadivers.org).