Reef Rescuers is a coral reef restoration project funded by USAID (United States Agency for International Development), implemented by Nature Seychelles, a leading environmental NGO located in Seychelles, Indian Ocean. The project aims to restore Seychelles´coral reefs. In the process, Reef Rescuers developed new techniques suitable for large scale coral reef restoration with the resources found at SIDS (Small Island Developing States). We developed a professional development program - 160 hours lectures and practicals - in the use of the Coral Gardening concept for restoration. In our first edition, we offered training to six international scientists. We are planning more programs in Colombia and other countries on demand.