Our goal is to promote and support all scientific activities that use SCUBA diving as a resource.

Starting at dive training, we are committed to excellence. Thus, our students use state-of-the-art dive equipment and learn adequate dive techniques for their working environment.

For the researcher, our centre assists in a systematic approach. You can find expertise and advice to plan and execute scientific tasks. We also help in creating and implementing an efficient and safe way to collect unbiased data.

Our scientific dive services are available for various levels of expertise. Be it the scientific community – from undergraduate students to researchers -, to the general public in Citizen Science projects.


Diogo paulo


Holder of a Phd degree in Conservation and Ecology at the University of the Algarve. What’s more, for the past ten years he has dedicated extensive time to scientific and technical diving and developed extensive experience in the use of mix gases and advanced decompression procedures. In addition, Diogo is a diving Instructor for Global Underwater Explores (GUE), SCUBA Schools International (SSI) and World Underwater Federation (CMAS).
At the same time, he developed and implemented scientific diving programs, which he teaches at the Centre for Marine Sciences of the Algarve (CCMAR). Meanwhile, he works as scientific diving safety officer at CCMAR, and serves as vice-president at APORMC, Portuguese Association of Scientific Divers.

Nuno padrão


Studied Electronic Engineering and graduated on Sports Sciences and Physical Education at INUAF. He devoted great part of his life to teaching a diverse range of sports and physical activities. However, diving lead him to develop an interest for marine biology and scientific diving. Indeed, he is finishing his master’s in marine biology at UALG. At the same time, Nuno is quite passionate about technical and cave diving holding the highest GUE certifications on both areas. In fact, his capacity as a diver allowed him to participate in several scientific expeditions and projects. Nuno is also a dive instructor for Global Underwater Explores (GUE), SCUBA Schools International (SSI) and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). At the present time, he teaches at the Centre for Marine Sciences of the Algarve (CCMAR) and works as scientific diver.

carolina Mourato


Obtained her international master’s degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation in a programme offered from a consortium of 6 European universities. Her diving passion developed during these years and she has since obtained her first professional certification. As a divemaster Carolina guides dives for scientific purposes, while also working as a scientific diver and performing other outreach activities at the Centre for Marine Sciences of the Algarve (CCMAR). Additionally, she is developing a scientific volunteer programme where divers of all skill levels can assist and cooperate in real-time underwater scientific research.


Scientific Dive Centre
Centro de Ciências do Mar
Universidade do Algarve
Campus Gambelas

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