details and prices

" A fantastic opportunity
to share ideas and
experiences with other
fieldwork leaders"

"Both extremely enjoyable
and very valuable career

"Fantastic group
interaction, enriching

"A very interesting,
instructive and
motivating course
led by welcoming
and knowledgeable staff.
Highly recommend"

" It was an opportunity
to meet and learn from
other academics but
not in a conference
room but outside in the
environment that you
have to teach in. That
made all the difference"

"The CERES workshop
helped me to feel more
confident and
enthusiastic about
organising field trips for
my students. Working
outside in the beautiful
natural surroundings
was inspirational"

"Invaluable learning,
both socially and

"I gained some
interesting insight into
creating interdisciplinary
field courses, and
benefited from sharing
ideas for field activities
with other academic staff"

"Excellent opportunity to
build skills, develop links
with colleagues and
critically look at how field
courses operate for the
maximum benefit of
students and academics

"Excellent and engaging
discussions about
fieldwork planning,
logistics and pedagogy"

"Working with an
international team was
wonderful and I would
love to find further
opportunities to do
"       SPW May 2019

"Different backgrounds
are very much enriching
and contribute so much
to a project"
              SPW May 2019

"It was by far the best part
of my BSc time. I have
never before learned so
much in such a short time,
and I would have never
believed that living in one
big house with 15
international students
would be that much fun.
We all have grown to be
a family, there will be
reunions and future
cooperations.  I wish
everybody could get a
chance to experience
what I did."
             SPW May 2019

"One of the best
experiences of my
life, 10/10
            SPW May 2019

"I am planning on
working in a field
that requires an
multinational team.
The course  has
made me realise
the importance of
having experts in
different fields and
necessity of a person 
that combines all that
knowledge into
something useful for

            SPW May 2019

CERES Project EU marine con. Aljezur, Algarve, Southwest Portugal

EU marine con.

applied coastal conservation
for outdoor educators 

We developed this course for key people within the watersport community.  Instructors, teachers and station managers play an important role; they are opinion leaders and in the perfect position to lead by example, spread the word of sustainability, and educate adult learners about sea-friendly behaviours during their lessons.

As part of the course you will discover the coastal environment and the threats it is facing from human intervention. You will learn many different, cost-effective ways to 'green' your own workplace and demonstrate environmental consciousness to peers and customers.

course format
: theoretical framework, practical activities, site visits

Lectures, site visits and workshops provide a theoretical framework and underpin practical activities on the beach.  Our staff are keen surfers themselves, have broad research experience and hold doctorate degrees in science. 

Interactivity is key. You will always be invited to participate by answering questions, reporting your own experiences and sharing your opinion with others.

The training is tightly structured and academically rigorous. It is not a surf course. However, there is plenty of time before and after the lessons to go surfing. We are happy to include the obligatory surf-safaris at dawn and dusk to check our local spots and alter the timetable when the famous Arrifana Point or Zavial is breaking 6ft with light offshore winds.

 fast facts

  Educational tools
  Pedagocial projects
  Legal framework
  Coastal ecology
  Renewable energy

  dates :
  Saturday - Friday : 7 days
  include accommodation,
  all meals, local travel,
  lessons and equipment
  rentals:   €1780

  number of participants :
  5 - 16

  activity level :
  Very active

  prerequisites :
  No academic prerequisite.
  Good level of fitness.

  application deadline :
  17. September 2013

  Please contact us for more

course itinerary

Day 1:  Status quo of the coastal environment

Ice-breaking session, introduction to the project and the area, presentation of staff and team members, detailed information about safety measures.

Visit study sites: Arrifana harbour, Monte Clerigo, Amoreira beach.

Environmental and socio-economic aspects of the watersport industry.
My role as a teacher. Sustainable development: context, components, stakeholders and challenges.


Day 2:  The big picture: land-sea interactions, climate change

Presentation: global weather patterns, ocean currents, wave generation, climate change.

Introduction to renewable energy: photovoltaic, solar thermic, wind energy, wood. Site visit to solar energy company and wind farm.

Concept mapping: Cost / benefit analysis of the use of green energy.

Consumption of energy and water related to my organsiation.  What solutions are best for me?


Day 3:  Coastal ecology

Introduction to field equipment used in science.

Guided tour to introduce key coastal habitats.

Concept mapping: marine food webs, invasive species, habitat destruction, recreational use of the habitat.

Practical session: in-situ demonstrations to explain intertidal rocky shore ecology, introduction to scientific quantitative and qualitative survey methodology. 

Workshop: what scientific survey methodologies are relevant to watersport educators?


Day 4:  Marine pollution and mitigation / Legal framework

Workshop: types of marine pollution. Actions to reduce / combat pollution.

Water quality assessment. Visit local sewage treatment work. Water sampling. Coliform testing.

Impact of coastal development: sedimentation processes e.g. Mundaka.

Practical: beach debris analysis.  Sources and impact of marine litter. How can I reduce my direct and indirect impact?


Day 5:  A green watersport industry?

Board technology: What is an eco-product? Definition of eco-conception in general.

Visit surfboard factory. Demonstration of board building techniques and materials.

Workshop: Identify directions to conduct a more environmental friendly business.

Develop an action plan specific for your organisation.


Day 6:  Educational tools and how to use them

Presentation: European environmental law relevant to leisure and outdoor activities.

Meeting with Portuguese national park authorities (ICNF).

Pedagogical project: Formal and informal moments and how to introduce environmental issues into a training session.


Day 7:  Departure day

Summary and feedback.

Examination (optional).

Pack up and transport to Lagos.

Please be aware that the schedule may vary. Sea state, and weather conditions will shape the daily schedule. Please try to be flexible and understand that working in nature cannot be 100% predictable.

details and prices

The Applied Coastal Conservation course runs for seven days. The fully inclusive package covers:

Accommodation in the CERES Villa; a luscious all-you-can-eat organic buffet breakfast (enough to prepare a packed lunch for a day in the field); evening meals (we take you out to our favourite local restaurants); expert tuition and specialist workshops; entrance fees; licenses; obligatory insurances; all transport once here, all course materials and equipment rentals. There are no hidden costs. 


•  Expert tuition and workshops     •  Accommodation included     •  All local transport included   
•  Certificated
       •  Meals included    •  All course materials included       •  Carbon offset contribution    


On completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Participation. Those who want to take things further can take an exam at the end to qualify as Surfrider Foundation Europe certified Surf Eco-Ambassador.

7 day course (all inclusive) €1780 
(Grundtvik grants are available)

*We offer group reductions.  Contact us for details.

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