Methods in Mesophotic: Primer

This 6-day course is to ascertain a diver’s capability to attend a full course and expedition at remote locations of the Indo-Pacific.

Primers will be held at three locations:

1. The Big Island of Hawai’i with Kona Honu Divers, Hawai’i’s highest rated professional diving company.

2. The Hoga Marine Station, SE Sulawesi with Wasage Divers, in the heart of the Coral Triangle, and Indonesia‘s second largest marine park.

3. The island of Pohnpei, FSM, with the Pohnpei Surf and Dive Club in collaboration with the UNESCO World Biosphere Preserve Ant Atoll.

Participants will learn in these crystal clear warm waters, the fundamental skills and safety requirements for remote mesophotic research diving. Furthermore, participants will discover what roles and tasks suit them most whether it be research diver to safety support; both critical to support cutting-edge research at depth.

To become proficient in research at depth, it is necessary to hone skills at shallower depths. This Primer course will help to determine an individual’s capabilities and role(s) as a team member conducting research at mesophotic depths in remote locations. Skills and abilities can then be built from this foundation gaining experience in the Methods in Mesophotic Research (MMR) and Methods in Mesophotic Exploration (MME).


All courses provide the opportunity to build experience and skill development in rebreather technical diving and scientific research and exploration at mesophotic depths in remote locations.

Non-technical divers are also welcome to attend – to learn research and safety skills required for this type of research.


DAN insurance

– Your own fully serviced rebreather and auxiliary equipment

– CCR certification (e.g., TDI, IANTD, BSAC…)

– Minimum of 250 CCR hours logged

– Gear rental is available at Kona Honu Divers, Wasage Divers, and Pohnpei Dive Club.