Deep Blue Quest is proud to be a part of Project A.W.A.R.E. Throughout this summer we will be raising both money and awareness to help keep the oceans a place we can all appreciate. Since becoming a “Green” diving company many years ago, we have taken time on our tours to the East Sea of Korea to participate in beach clean-ups. Even when our team is not participating in a specific underwater/reef clean-up activities, we carry mesh bags to pick up trash and debris from our dive sites.
Project A.W.A.R.E. is more than any single clean-up activity. It is a conscious decision to learn about and be aware of our precious oceans. Project A.W.A.R.E. is a way of thinking about how we can appreciate the beautiful natural habitats we expects to see when we dive.
The goal of Project A.W.A.R.E. is simple:
“Project A.W.A.R.E.’s philosophy is to mobilize a global force of scuba divers and water enthusiasts who care about protecting the world’s water resources and choose to make a difference – one dive at a time. By earning the Project A.W.A.R.E. Specialist certification, you’ll be aware of the most pressing problems facing vulnerable aquatic environments and know what everyday actions you can take to help protect them.”
This summer, choose to become a more conscientious diver. Gain your Project A.W.A.R.E. Specialist certification with Deep Blue Quest and learn how to make a positive impact on our oceans each time you dive. If you love diving as much as we do, take the time to understand the amazing seascapes we encounter each time we enter the water.
Deep Blue Quest will be offering several tours this summer to the East Sea as well as Jeju Island. Come and take the plunge with us and together we can put the ideals of Project A.W.A.R.E. into action.
Here are 10 things you can do to make our oceans a place that future generations can enjoy:
1. Dive Carefully to Protect Fragile Aquatic Ecosystems
Many aquatic organisms are delicate and can be harmed by the bump of a camera, the swipe of a fin or even the gentle touch of a hand. Some aquatic organisms like corals grow very slowly and breaking even a small piece can destroy decades of growth. By being careful you can prevent long term damage to magnificent dive sites.
2. Be Aware of Your Body and Equipment Placement When Diving
Keep your gauges and alternate air source secured so they don’t drag over the reef or other vital habitat. Control your buoyancy, taking care not to touch fragile organisms with your body or equipment. You can do your part and prevent injury to aquatic life every time you dive.
3. Keep Your Dive Skills Sharp Through Continuing Education
Before heading to open water seek bottom time with a certified professional in a pool or other environment that won’t be damaged. You can also refresh your skills and knowledge with a PADI Scuba Review, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course or Project A.W.A.R.E. Specialty course such as Peak Performance Buoyancy.
4. Consider How Your Interactions Affect Aquatic Life
Avoid touching, handling, feeding or riding on aquatic life. These actions may stress the animal, interrupt feeding and mating behavior or provoke aggressive behavior in normally non-aggressive species.
5. Understand and Respect Underwater Life
Playing with animals or using them as food for other species can leave a trail of destruction, disrupt local ecosystems and rob other divers of their experiences with these creatures. Consider enrolling in a PADI Underwater Naturalist, AWARE Fish Identification or Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course to better understand sustainable interactions.
6. Be an Eco-tourist
Make informed decisions when selecting a destination and choose Project AWARE Environmental Operators or other facilities dedicated to sustainable business practices. Obey all local laws and regulations and understand your effect on the environment. Don’t collect souvenirs like corals or shells. Instead, take underwater photos and follow Project A.W.A.R.E.’s 10 Tips for Underwater Photographers.
7. Respect Underwater Cultural Heritage
Divers are privileged to access dive sites that are part of our cultural heritage and maritime history. Wrecks can also serve as important habitats for fish and other aquatic life. Help preserve these sites for future generations by obeying local laws, diving responsibly and treating wrecks with respect.
8. Report Environmental Disturbances or Destruction
As a diver, you’re in a unique position to monitor the health of local waters. If you notice unusual depletion of aquatic life, injury to aquatic animals or strange substances in the water, report these observations to responsible authorities in your area.
9. Be a Role Model for Other Divers and Non-divers When Interacting with the Environment
As a diver, you see the underwater results of carelessness and neglect. Set a good example in your own interactions so that others can learn from you.
10. Get Involved in Local Environmental Activities and Issues
You can greatly affect your corner of the planet. There are plenty of opportunities to support healthy aquatic environments including Project A.W.A.R.E. conservation and data collection activities. These include local beach and underwater clean-ups, Coral Watch monitoring, supporting environmental legislative issues, attending public hearings on local water resources, conserving water or making responsible seafood choices.
Contact us for more information about the Project A.W.A.R.E. Specialist certification or any of our other courses!
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