Graduating students who take the course will not receive their diploma until the November convocation. However, following successful completion of the course, the University can provide confirmation that graduation requirements have been met for those who may be starting jobs or academic programs in September requiring the completion of their degree.

Students must be able to swim because the modules involve snorkeling. It will not require SCUBA diving. However, divers may be able to use SCUBA during the course upon presentation of evidence of certification. Tanks and weight belts will be available at Bellairs; other equipment must be brought with you or rented in Barbados (rather expensive).

Due to limited cooking facilities, it is not possible to make arrangements for special dietary needs. However, a vegetarian alternative meal will be available.

The course will involve considerable physical demands but will not be beyond the capabilities of anyone in good health. Students who have not had a recent physical examination should have one before departure. Students will be required to inform the course coordinator of any physical or mental health issues that may affect the health and security of themselves, other students and the professors during an intense course away from home.

Students will be required to sign a waiver form that confirms that they recognize their responsibilities in taking a field course outside Canada. Those with any doubts concerning the advisability of taking the course should consult Prof. Bureau before signing up.


For those students who have already decided to take the course, you may want to consider getting vaccinations for hepatitis A and B early. It takes six months to gain full immunity. Consult your doctor or check out  the following:

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Last update: Oct. 12, 2018