On the 28th of July 2014, Volunteer Mentors from around the country were brought together on New Providence by The Bahamas National Trust for a Navigators’ Program Training Workshop . Mentors from Andros, Abaco, Eleuthera, Exuma and New Providence were given the tools necessary to lead groups of teenagers in the Navigators Marine Education Course.
During the week long workshop, the volunteers worked in different marine environments and were educated in several different research methods. Their field experiences included the use of snorkel gear and the data collection with refractometers, aquascopes, quadrats, transects and plumb lines. The volunteers explored the wetlands at Bonefish Pond National Park, the rocky shore systems in Delaporte (Western New Providence) and were given a tour of the coral propagation units housed at Atlantis resort on Paradise Island.
By end of the week, mentors were brimming with confidence and excitement to share their experiences with their respective Navigators units.