The Global Male Sea Turtle Initiative: Training Course

Male Sea Turtles in The Courthip & Mating Areas: Catching Males For Research And Conservation Studies

To improve our knowledge of the biology and ecology of male sea turtles, ProOcean has created a course, as part of our Global Male Sea Turtle Initiative, specifically designed to promote the study of male sea turtles. The focus of this first course will be on learning techniques for capturing and handling males in the water at an important courtship and mating site in Mexico. We invite our colleagues from around the world to participate. See below for more information. 


Marco García Cruz

ProOcean & Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research

Cathi Campbell

ProOcean & Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research

David Owens

Professor Emeritus. The College of Charleston, USA

Carlos Delgado - Trejo

Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, México.

Carlos Coste

Awarded Freediver. Bonaire Island, Netherlands

About the course


Date: November 2021

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Location: Michoacán, México.

How long?

Duration: 5 Days


12 max



  • The Global Male Sea Turtle Initiative.
  • Reproductive ecology of sea turtles.
  • Importance of studying male sea turtles in reproductive areas.
  • Male sea turtles capture techniques.
  • Sea turtle research and conservation project in Morelia, Michoacán. México.
  • Introduction to freediving in sea turtle conservation projects.


  • PADI Freediving course (Theory)
    • Theoretical briefing / course presentation:
    • Pool session 1: Breathing exercises and static apnea. Yoga (120 min). (Colola Beach).
    • Pool session 2: dynamic apnea (horizontal distance displacement (90 min) (El faro de Bucerias).
    • Exploratory In-water field trip. Practicing learned techniques (El faro de Bucerias).


  • PADI Freediving course. (Open Water Session).
    • Open water session 1. 12m deep. (120 min). (El faro de Bucerias).
    • Open water session 2. 12m deep. (120 min). (Colola beach).
  • Data Colection. Tissue & Blood samples, ultrasound


  • In-water field trip (Colola beach).
  • In-water field trip. (Colola beach).


  • In-water field trip. (Colola beach).
  • Delivery of course certifications and official Freediving PADI certifications.


Colola Beach & Turtles


There is a sliding scale $100-$500 (US dollars) for the 5-day course and participants are responsible for their travel cost to the site (Aeropuerto Nacional Licenciado Miguel de la Madrid Colima). Food, lodging, and transport during the course will be covered.

How to participate

If you would like to participate in this great opportunity, please send the following requirements:

  • A cover letter explaining why you want to participate
  • Your CV
  • Two letters of recommendation.

(you can upload a maximun of 3 files with a maximun file size of 2 MB for each document. Only pdf or word format Allowed).

You can send your application directly to

Also, you must be able to swim 200m nonstop (doesn’t matter the style or speed, but have to swim no stop 200m without gear, only mask). If you are selected we will need you to submit a PADI medical certificate confirming you are in good health at least two months prior to the course.

For any question or doubt regarding the course please
do not hesitate to contact us.