Scuba divers tend to be naturally eco-conscious individuals.
After all, the ability to go scuba diving is directly dependent on having an array of pristine and natural dive sites around the globe.
These sites are virtually untouched by humans and where wildlife can thrive. Nobody wants to explore bleached-white reefs or shore access sites that people litter with trash.
So it goes without saying that scuba divers have a natural investment in keeping their favorite dive sites, clean and beautiful.
However, scuba divers who want to take their eco-consciousness to the next level can follow a few key steps to make sure that their actions both in and out of the water will lead to unchanged and even healthier natural destinations.
A small trash bag or two will take almost no room on your dive boat.
It’s a useful accessory for your tissues, paper towels or empty water bottles, as well as any excess trash you find while bobbing through the water.
Every little action helps, so make an effort to clean up your litter, as well as anything left behind by other divers or explorers.
Obviously, scuba divers wouldn’t throw their obvious trash over the side of the boat.
But even organic materials like an apple core or a half-eaten sandwich can have negative effects on the marine life and the area sea beds.
So consider any and all unwanted items trash and dispose of it properly.
This can be tricky to do if your fins make a wayward turn, but make your best conscious effort not to touch anything under the water.
By paying attention to your movements and actions, you’ll be more likely to stop yourself before you grab hold of something that can break or you can damage with your hands.
Head over the local Whole Foods Market and give lionfish a try an invasive species that’s now being offered at select grocery stores as a way to reduce the population.
Or make a better effort to recycle those wine or beer bottles at home. Habits like these may seem like a small and inconsequential gesture.
But by making a genuine effort to conserve and recycle at home, you will have an inevitable effect on natural landscapes around the world even if you’re miles away.
The world is filled with scuba diver-centric organizations that are taking small or even big steps to help preserve those incredible natural sites that all divers love.
From worldwide organizations that are combatting the massive bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef to area organizations that are targeting invasive species like Crown of Thorns Starfish or the Lionfish, a little research can go a long way in addressing a myriad of issues.
And it ensures the world’s best dive sites stay pristine for generations to come.
If you live in the Dallas area, swing by our shop in Carrollton. We’ll be happy to chat with you about scuba.