Coral Catch Superwomen

Get to know our Coral Catch Superwomen.

Creating more opportunities for Indonesian women in the field of marine conservation while restoring the reefs is a team effort. With pride, we present to you our Coral Catch Superwomen. Together they form the first completely female local coral restoration team in Indonesia.

It takes courage, passion, and dedication to follow your dreams and get off the beaten track to become a Coral Catch Superwoman. We are praising them on a daily basis for being kick-ass role models, and we are sure they will inspire many others to protect the blue heart of our planet. 

And it’s not just us…. Women from all over the world are cheering for them! And sharing their knowledge and recourses with them through masterclasses. And lifting them up when needed. 

Curious who these women are? You can find a complete overview of our Coral Catch ambassadors here.

Batch #6

March 2024

Hirmaya

Graduation Age
22
Hometown
Mataram
Goals
My dream career would be to become a renowned marine biologist who’s ultimate goal is to conserve the ecosystem and restore the natural coral habitat in and around my home island
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
Coral catch has helped me a lot with my studies in becoming a future marine biologist by improving my diving and coral identification skills
Current Job & Location
Student at Marine Science, Mataram University

Brigitta

Graduation Age
20
Hometown
Jakarta
Goals
To connect communities with the ocean through science, education, and storytelling.
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
Coral Catch has been a journey of growth and self-discovery. I now have life-long skills in scientific diving, and I know for certain that this has taken me a step closer towards my dream career.
Current Job & Location
BSc scholarship student at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia)

Rani

Graduation Age
23
Hometown
Bandung
Goals
To work in marine conservation, preferably with scuba diving involved
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
I’ve always liked to learn marine biology and scuba diving, though I wasn’t sure if I wanted or was capable enough to have a good career in that field. Being a Coral Catch Superwoman has given me more confidence and reassurance that I want to keep ‘diving’ into marine conservation, and that a great conservationist can come from anyone, anywhere, and any point in one’s life.
Current Job & Location
Still aiming for another marine conservation internship or job

Dania

Graduation Age
20
Hometown
North Lombok
Goals
I want to be a Marine Research Scientist specifically in Ocean Cancer Research, hopefully one day I can have my own research center in Gili Air.
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
Even when I first received the acceptance email I felt it already this is my stepping stone to reach further I knew that I have always keen to learn more about medicine but in the other hand with the privilege of living in the Island imagine if we can combine both and being responsible in the two resources cause sometimes the interrelatedness make us irresponsible in the other side I wanna make sure at I least I make the best of two side.
Current Job & Location
Researcher Student, South Africa

Batch #5

November 2023

Wika

Graduation Age
28
Hometown
Jakarta
Goals
I want to be a marine conservationist and influence people to contribute together in protecting the ocean and its magical world underneath.
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
Coral Catch helps me look more closely at marine conservation. As someone from a social science educational and professional background—with absolutely no connection to marine science—I often receive questions, even being challenged about whether I would thrive. Coral Catch empowers me to pursue my dream of working in marine conservation and, hopefully, to become a scuba diving instructor who emphasizes conservation values in every dive I undertake.
Current Job & Location
Communication Specialist at Yayasan Gili Matra Bersama, Gili Air
Superwoman Karin - Coral Catch batch #5

Karin

Graduation Age
24
Hometown
Gili Air
Goals
I just wanna be a useful human for others and the world especially in marine conservation
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
I’m really grateful that I’ve been joining this program. I got a new experience about how to be a marine scientist even though my background wasn’t in that field.
Current Job & Location
Gili Air
Superwoman Bella - Coral Catch batch #5

Bella

Graduation Age
19
Hometown
Bali
Goals
Marine Engineer, to hopefully create more sustainable options for marine systems and structures to help protect marine ecosystems.
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
Coral Catch has taught me so many things about myself and my future. It has taught me how important being in and around the ocean is for me and my future. It has given me reassurance on the type of work I wish to do which more hands on/practical work. All the dives I did and the experience I gained has helped me earn a divemaster internship in Raja Ampat for 5 months. I am most greatful for where Coral Catch has taken me and the unforgettable experience it gave me.
Current Job & Location
Divemaster Trainee in Raja Ampat
Superwoman Sera - Coral Catch batch #5

Sera

Graduation Age
21
Hometown
Bandung, West Java
Goals
Initially I dreamed of becoming a consultant in marine and coastal areas but now I am thinking of becoming an entrepreneur managing marine resources in Indonesia who pays attention to the environment
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
Coral Catch has had a huge influence on me, not only in my career but personally as well. Starting from obtaining data for the final project, increasing my diving license, improving my skills in diving, increasing my abilities regarding coral reef ecosystems and many other knowledge that I cannot mention one by one. However, apart from that, Coral Catch gave me many new perspectives, especially regarding the future. I don’t feel as scared as before about a future that hasn’t happened yet, but I prepare for it as best as I can. Rose gave me the perspective that there is nothing a woman can’t do and nothing can hinder your dreams other than your own mind. and another big thing that was gained from Coral Catch was extensive connections and one of these connections connected me with a project that I was very grateful to be able to join in.
Current Job & Location
Undergraduate student of marine science

Batch #4

March 2023

Ivonne

Graduation Age
22
Hometown
East Lombok
Goals
To become someone who has a career in conservation (hopefully in marine conservation) and can share with the local and international community about the beauty of the environment and the importance of protecting it.
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
Coral Catch is something that really made my life change from how I see the world to how I have to contribute to the preservation of the ocean. Graduating from thare made all the impossibilities possible for me, I got an easy internship in conservation and had the opportunity to get a Dive master scholarship. Although I failed to achieve it but the second chance came for Dive master scholarship and i know this is because Coral Catch.
Current Job & Location
Marine science students in Mataram University

Yasmin

Graduation Age
23
Hometown
Bandung
Goals
I want to help people to understand the beauty and the value of our ocean, so we can restore what we lost and protect it. I also want to be a Lead Researcher in Deep Water Ocean Expedition
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
Growing up in Bandung, with Sundanese culture i wasn’t very well connected with the ocean. My family always expected me to be a doctor an architect, or a lawyer. None of my family work in Marine biology or any conservation field. When I choose Marine Science as a major in university the first thing that my parents asked me is what would i become and what career can i have. Whenever I go diving in the ocean to do some study or research, my parent always worried because I’m a girl and they worry about my safety. Coral catch helps people and my family understand that even though I’m a girl, I can also go to the ocean, work on the fields and do the things that I love. Coral catch has showed me the power of women working together and support each other. It really inspired me to continue what I’ve been doing and always try to make positive impact for the ocean. Now working as a marine biologist, doing coral restoration work in Nusa Lembongan is like a dream job come true. Coral catch has helped me learn the knowledge i need for it. I hope i can also inspire others young women who have passion for the ocean to never give up and always believe your dreams are possible to achieve.
Current Job & Location
Marine Biologist, Blue Corner Marine Research Nusa Lembongan, Bali

Ayu

Graduation Age
27
Hometown
Yogyakarta
Goals
I aspire to be a fictional writer who writes a lot about the ocean to entice my readers about the beauty of the ocean. I also want to open a small restaurant that specializes in local cuisine which accentuate the environmentally friendly aspect and minimizes the waste
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
I learned many new skills and got the time to develop other skills. But more importantly, Coral Catch has impacted me deeper than that. Being included in Coral Catch and being with my sisters, helped me develop myself. The things that I did, the environmental activities that we got to do opened my eyes and my mind that I can always choose path that makes me happy and that I am the only one who is responsible for my own happiness. Coral Catch also helped me see that there are many opportunities if I know where to look and what to search. I also learned about networking and more importantly, it helped me to speak up more and sharing my thoughts with less fear of judgement
Current Job & Location
Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Banten

Caterina

Graduation Age
22
Hometown
Jakarta
Goals
I want to be able to help Indonesian women to get a diving license, giving them chances to explore and learn about conservation and empower them to do what they want in live.
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
I fell in love with diving during my days in coral catch. Knowing that we can do a lot of good impacts for the ocean by doing restoration dive back then made me realize that i want to dive more so that i can do more for the ocean. The love for the ocean keeps evolving, now I am a scuba instructor, I want to show people the greatness of the ocean, witness people fell in love with the ocean for the first time and be able to teach people how to take care of the ocean by being a responsible diver.
Current Job & Location
Scuba Instructor in Nusa Lembongan, Bali

Batch #3

December 2022

Kinah

Graduation Age
29
Hometown
Bogor City
Goals
Working with the animals, helping them to say their words loud by educating people to be more aware, responsible and respectful about the environment
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
Coral Catch impact me in so many things, from a personal improvement such as the way of thinking, taught us about self love, how to inspire people around, all the way up until the very practical lessons like running the coral monitoring project, certified us as a scientific diver, etc. Coral Catch has played a big role in making me who I am today.
Current Job & Location
Cruise Director and Marine Biologist in Phinisi Sailing Boat at Indonesian Archipelago
Indonesian girls scuba diving and working in coral restoration

Afifa

Graduation Age
22
Hometown
Sragen
Goals
Sustainability & Marine Conservationist
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
On Coral Catch graduation month, I got notified my first fulltime job as a Junior Marine Biologist in Anambas Foundation. A year later I’m in my position as Marine Biologist after graduated from Ocean Gardener Coral Instructor Scholarship. All the previous experience lead me to be the awardee of Spring 2024 YSEALI Academic Fellowship Program in Environmental Cohort. I will be hosted by the East West Center/ University of Hawai’i and University of California at Berkeley also I will visit Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. This leadership program is officially from the U.S. Department of State for young leaders from South East Asia.
Current Job & Location
Marine Biologist in Anambas Foundation
Indonesian women working in coral restoration in Indonesia

Relis

Graduation Age
23
Hometown
Timika, Papua Tengah
Goals
No matter where life takes me or what career path I ultimately pursue, one thing remains certain: my desire for my career to be rooted in sustainability values.
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
I cannot deny the profound impact Coral Catch has had on my journey thus far. The three-month program they provided has ignited a passion within me to delve deeper into marine science and conservation. Through this experience, I’ve discovered more about myself and where I envision myself in this field. Whether it’s guiding, conducting research as a scientist, or working in a laboratory, Coral Catch has provided me with a platform to explore my future aspirations. Moreover, it has connected me with like-minded individuals who share a common vision, making it easier to take consistent steps towards adopting eco-friendly habits. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Coral Catch Batch 3.
Current Job & Location
PT. SORCE Indonesia, Lombok Barat, West Nusa Tenggara
Women working in marine science in Indonesia

Lyly

Graduation Age
48
Hometown
Ubud Bali
Goals
Inspiring people to be the best version of themself and to have courage to make a change
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
Giving me more understanding how to work with environment and humbly aware the power of universe.
Current Job & Location
Tourism Educator and Qigong Teacher

Batch #2

April 2022
How to start a career in marine conservation

Cenna

Graduation Age
21
Hometown
Surabaya
Goals
Marine researcher, study the potential marine pharmacology or biodiversity! Would love to also become content creator about ocean and inspire others!
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
Being in a part of Coral Catch made me realize that a lot of women, are actually capable of doing what they want. They all just need a little push, in a supportive environment. Being in Coral Catch boosted my confidence, and also taught me to dream big! I still the same always-scared type of person, but I will be the one who choose to face it!
Current Job & Location
Coral Catch Program Manager, Gili Air
Women working in marine conservation

Gabriela

Graduation Age
21
Hometown
Surabaya
Goals
Having an organization that empowers local youngsters to love, promote, and preserve their local underwater realm
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
Joining coral catch is my milestone to start my career in marine conservation. This program encourage my passion and making me living my dream. I just feel that becoming a marine researcher is impossible but after the program, I’m getting more and more chance to come closer to my dream.
Current Job & Location
Research Assistant at Marine Megafauna Foundation Nusa Lembongan, Bali
How to start a career in marine conseration

Mardia

Graduation Age
23
Hometown
South Sulawesi
Goals
Scientist and Conservationist
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
The Coral Catch program has been a profound transformation for me, instilling a newfound sense of confidence and purpose. Through this, I’ve had the privilege of connecting with remarkable people who have inspired me to pursue a career in conservation. The program has exposed me to invaluable knowledge and skills while also providing a supportive community. It’s like having a second family that always has my back, empowering me to dream boldly and reach for my aspirations.
Current Job & Location
Aquarist at Raja Ampat Research and Conservation Center (RARCC)
Indonesian woman working in scuba diving industry

Evi

Graduation Age
31
Hometown
North Lombok
Goals
To work on marine conservation and debris reduction that can inspire and empower people (especially women and children)
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
Coral Catch definitely has increased my confidence in diving skill. Coral Catch opened many new amazing opportunities. Now I can give my contribution to help local communities in Lombok to do coral restoration and education. Coral Catch also has broaden my network where people from around the world can reach me out and asked to help their research especially in marine science/conservation field.
Current Job & Location
Co Founder of Lombok Hidden Trip Tour & Travel in Mataram, Lombok

Batch #1

December 2021

Aulia

Graduation Age
25
Hometown
Bandung
Goals
Become a marine biologist and do research on sea turtles
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
I learned a lot of things about conservation field in Coral Catch, from how things are in the actual field, the threats that reefs faces, to mitigation and what we can do about it. This journey also become a milestone for my career in marine conservation, as it added more experience to my career. Though I’ve graduated in 2021, I keep getting more from Coral Catch as I get invited as a speaker for a couple of times and I get to learn again and share the knowledge with new batches. I expand my network and very blessed to meet great alumni from other batches.
Current Job & Location
Turtle Project Leader in Marine Megafauna Foundation, Nusa Lembongan - Bali

Cynthia

Graduation Age
28
Hometown
Surabaya
Goals
To become an Ocean Advocate working towards ocean justice, for both social and environmental issues that affect nationally and globally
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
Becoming a Coral Catch awardee is the big change and journey in my life. Learning about coral reefs, new skills in the field of scientific diving, learning to build communities based on the marine environment, managing networks, how to speak in public and influence audiences to deliver our vision. All of this has made me a new confident person, especially in inspiring and influencing people around me to do the same things to protect our ocean and earth, even with small changes. Armed with the knowledge I gained while participating in the Coral Catch scholarship program, I do not hesitate to support the activities of various environmental communities, helping the community in carrying out their work programs, including criticizing government regulations that have a negative impact on the environment.
Current Job & Location
Young Professional in National Aviation Industry (Airport Management) in Angkasa Pura Indonesia, Jakarta
coral restoration in indonesia

Qinthan

Graduation Age
21
Hometown
Jakarta
Goals
Work as a marine biologist, having direct interaction with marine life and humans everyday to achieve the protection of biodiversity and nature balance through conservation and education
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
I joined the Coral Catch Superwoman batch 1, which taught me a lot of new things and fulfill my goals through an amazing experience. During my program with Coral Catch for about 9 weeks and extended for another 3 weeks volunteer as a research assistant, I learned many things related to coral reef restoration, including empower Indonesian women to do more conservation actions as a highlight of this program. Within my stays, I built my confidence in diving, leading and public speaking, and it was really a change life for me. Coral Catch is a great program for local women like me who is seeking of experience in marine conservation practical, that would be very helpful as a basic foundation to have career in marine field. I came to Indo Ocean Project with marine science education background and field experience from Coral Catch, that is very powerful key to work in this research industry. I’m very delightful and grateful that I achieved my dream career, however my goals in marine research is an endless job in life.
Current Job & Location
Marine biologist at Indo Ocean Project in Bira, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Delya

Graduation Age
26
Hometown
North Lombok
Goals
My dream career is to continue working in the field of marine conservation and own an underwater coral nursery 🪸
How Coral Catch impacted my journey
Previously I only knew about diving, but after following this program I learned how important it is for us to protect and love our environment. Thank you Coral Catch for making me have connections with influential people in conservation & diving field, and most importantly for making me meet my sisters (the Coral catch Superwomen) coming from various regions in Indonesia !
Current Job & Location
Freelance Divemaster in Labuan Bajo