Travel tips: Be an ambassador for our planet

By Fly& SeaA

Take merely photos, leave only bubbles- the mantra of divers the world over, and the cornerstone to setting a good example to others. Photo: Maxwel Hohn

Divers share a deep connection with the ocean. Whether you love exotic dive escapades or expend your holidays diving closer to home, you can make a difference for ocean protection every time you make a dive.A

BeA anA Eco-tourist

Make informed decisions when choosing and visiting a destination. Choose facilities dedicated to responsible social and environmental business practices that include water conservation; energy reduction; proper waste disposal; employ of mooring buoys; and respect for local cultures, laws, and regulations.A

ShrinkA YourA CarbonA Footprint

Global warming and ocean acidification are putting your favourite animals and the whole ocean planet at risk. Do your portion by understanding and reducing your carbon footprint and look for ways to offset what you canat reduce.A

LeaveA OnlyA Bubbles

Nearly everything natural found underwater is alive or will be used by a living creature. If you take a coral, shell, or animal, you can disturb the delicate balance and add to the depletion of dive sites for future generations.A

ProtectA UnderwaterA Life A

Choose not to touch, feed, handle, chase, or ride anything underwater. Your actions may emphasize the animal, interrupt feeding and mating behaviour, or provoke aggressive behaviour. Understand and respect underwater life and follow all local laws and regulations.A

BecomeA aA DebrisA Activist

An astonishing amount of waste stimulates its route underwater, reaching even the most remote ocean areas. Once there, it kills wildlife, destroys habitats, and threatens our health and economy. Donat let your dives go to waste. Remove and report what doesnat belong underwater every time you dive. Make a conscious effort to buy green, buy local, and, when possible, buy less.A

MakeA ResponsibleA Choices

Overfishing leads to species decline, while harmful fishing practices damage and pollute underwater ecosystems. You play a critical role as a consumer. If seafood is in relation to your meal selection, ensure youare choosing sustainably-sourced species and encourage others, including restaurants and shop owners, to do the same. If youare harvesting it yourself, take the time to learn not only proper species identification, but also about the ecosystem thatas rendering your Sunday supper. It may mean occasionally returning to shore empty-handed , not because you got skunked, but because you induced the ethical choice not to take a Big Breeder or a late-maturing species.

BeA a BuoyancyA Expert

Underwater plants and animals are more fragile than they seem. The swipe of a fin, bump of your camera, or even a touch can destroy decades of coral growth, damage a plant, or harm an animal. Streamline your scuba and photo gear, keep your dive skills sharp, perfect your underwater photo techniques, and continue your dive training to fine-tune your skills. Always be aware of your body, dive gear, and photo equipment to avoid contact with the natural environment.A

BeA aA RoleA Model A

New scuba divers are being developed and certified every day. Regardless of your experience level, be sure to set a good example for others when interacting with the environmentawhile underwater and on land.A

TakeA Action A

Scuba divers are some of the strongest ocean advocates on the planet. Now, now more than ever, divers like you are taking a stand. Speak out for conservation, share your underwater images, report environmental damage to authorities, and campaign for change.A

GiveA Back

Ocean protection depends on every single one of our actions, large and small. Investing in the ocean protects our planet and lets the dive escapade live on. Donate or fundraise for ocean protection to fuel the grassroots action and policy change necessary to ensure a clean, healthy ocean planet.A

For more info: A www.projectaware.org and www.flyandsea.com

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