The call for applications for the first Sea Women Great Barrier Reef training program in 2023 is now closed.

We anticipate running another 7-week program in the second half of the year, and you can register your interest by emailing [email protected]


To strengthen the connection between First Nations women and their traditional Great Barrier Reef sea-country.

To empower First Nations women from Great Barrier Reef sea-country with the practical marine science skills and the marine conservation knowledge they need to be more effective advocates for sustainable management of their marine resources, both within their communities and the broader society.

To forge new links between First Nations women around the Coral Sea arc, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Torres Straits and Papua New Guinea.

Selection Criteria

  • First Nations women in Australia with connections to sea country in Queensland, Zenadth Kes (Torres Straits Islands), and Papua New Guinea are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants are passionate about caring for sea country and have a strong interest in learning more about coral reefs and the tropical marine environment.
  • Applicants are 18 years of age or older, in good health and confident swimmers.

Program Details

Training Goals:

  • Identify fish and corals and perform a reef monitoring survey using the Olympus TG6 geotagging camera system
  • Scuba certified to Advanced Diver level
  • Advanced First Aid and Resuscitation certified
  • QLD Recreational Shipmasters licence
  • Ability to use Google Earth and Garmin GPS systems for navigation and marine science
  • Maritime expedition planning and risk assessment
  • Indigenous community engagement and leadership development


First Nations Acknowledgement

Wherever we work, we acknowledge First Nations people as the original inhabitants and custodians of the land and sea country around the Coral Sea Arc, and we recognise their enduring traditional knowledge and wisdom. We acknowledge the Wulgurukaba people as the traditional owners of Yunbenun, and we express our gratitude to be able to live and work here. We recognise that sovereignty of Australia was never ceded and that the land was taken by force, and we support First Nations people in their quest for recognition and justice.

Our organisation needs your help