Environmental Awareness

  • Commit to personally protect the environment.
  • Prevent others from causing damage through positive action and motivation.
  • Support useful projects and organizations dedicated to marine protection.
  • If possible, collect garbage on your dives and on the surface of the ocean – but only if doing so does not cause more damage to the environment.
  • If possible, cut hanging ropes and collect floating nets and plastics.
  • Inform your buddy or the crew on the surface if you were not able to remove the net.
  • Never eat shark fins, whale meat, turtle eggs, etc.
  • Report immediately violations of the ban on the use of marine animals as souvenirs.

Avoid Garbage

  • Never throw inorganic waste into the sea – Plastics decompose incredibly slow.
  • Minimize the production of garbage: Use reusable coffee mugs and lunch boxes, glass or metal bottles and shopping bags.
  • Do not bring unnecessary packaging to the resort.
  • Dispose of your waste in as eco-friendly a manner as possible.
  • If you smoke, dispose of cigarette butts in the proper receptacle, not on the ground or in the water.

Dealing with the underwater world

  • Only use a swim-through if you can do so without touching anything.
  • Don’t swim or snorkel too close to the reef.
  • Don’t touch or break corals.
  • Use labeled entrances/exits for the water.
  • Don’t disturb the sand, since it reduces visibility and smothers corals.
  • Don’t disturb the sand, since it reduces visibility and smothers corals.
  • Don’t touch animals.
  • Don’t feed animals.
  • Don’t take souvenirs from the sea – broken coral pieces or empty snail shells still serve as useful habitat.
  • Only place a reef hook where it will not damage or disturb the reef.
  • Don’t disturb animals or habitat to improve your photo opportunity.

Responsible use of resources

  • Shower only as long as required to get clean, especially in areas with minimal ability to store/purify water.
  • Wash your equipment in the provided container, and only when necessary – often it’s enough to clean equipment thoroughly at the end of the dive trip.
  • Turn off the lights when you aren’t using them.
  • Use alternative transportation or walk instead of driving.
  • Avoid unnecessary waste – food plans and shopping lists help save you money and prevent purchasing unnecessary food that may go to waste.

Source: Scuba Schools International.

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