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Green Diver Do’s and Don’ts and Best Practices

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If you love diving, you are a committed person, and you want to protect the environment, you are a green diver. So, don’t miss the following article. We review the green diver’s best practices and what you should never do, if you want to protect the reef while diving.

– It is very difficult to play tennis the way Novak Djokovic plays tennis
– It’s hard to swim as Caleb Dressel swims
– Nobody can dive as well as Jacques Cousteau dove.

You either have talent or you don’t, so for sure, we will never be as famous as Jacques Cousteau. But there are skills that can be learned.

We all learn day by day to be better divers. Of all the skills we, divers will learn throughout our life, there are some that make you a more valuable person to the planet. They are techniques that take care of the reefs and their inhabitants. They are habits that repeated over and over again serve as an example to raise public awareness: we are talking about the green diver’s good practices.

5 Green Diver Do’s

If you are a green diver, you respect marine life

A diver, by definition, loves nature and therefore respects it. Divers appreciate an ecosystem as beautiful as fragile, and they know they can contribute to its conservation.

– If you are a green diver, you have excellent buoyancy control

Yes, your buoyancy control is talking about you. It tells us if you are a good sportsman, and it also tells us if you respect nature. Most of the damage divers can do to reefs is because of errors. Mistakes related to loss of buoyancy control. As a result, divers cling to the reefs or collide with them.

Having the proper buoyancy control will keep you at a safe distance from the reef. It means two significant benefits for you and the environment.

You reduce the risk of causing damage to yourself or the reef if something unexpected happens.

The underwater life feels safer, does not perceive you as a threat, and will let you observe it’s natural behavior.

– If you are a green diver, you are a responsible photographer.

If you love photography in addition to diving, you should know that photographers are the type of divers who damage the reefs the most. That doesn’t mean that you should give up your passion, but you have to do it responsibly.

Avoid the flash as much as possible, never rest your camera on the reef, etc. In short, take your photos following this rule: Never put a “good” image before the well-being of the marine organism or the environment you intend to photograph. Then your pics will be really good.

– If you are a green diver, you secure your equipment

If you carry your equipment dangling, it can damage the coral without you even realizing it, and vice versa. Dangling gear is the best way to make it last a maximum of two dives. So, use your BCD clips and tethers and ensure gauges, regulators, flashlights, and other gadgets are attached close to your body.

 

– If you’re a green diver, you practice advanced finning techniques

Yes, a powerful kick can give you strong propulsion, but perhaps when a coral cave, wall or reef is too close, you shouldn’t use the flutter kick. In these cases, it is better to use the frog kick. If you haven’t mastered it yet, this article will interest you. Scuba Frog Kick, How to Make a Perfect One?

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5 Green Diver Don’ts

– If you are a green diver, you leave no trace of your presence

Green divers leave only bubbles. We mean that you do not litter the sea with anything, either from the boat or, of course, diving.  But it doesn’t stop there. If you find garbage in the sea, even if it is not yours, you should take it away if possible.

Oh, and watch out for bubbles! Because if you are in a cave, bubbles take time to disappear and can harm some species, so do not prolong your stay longer than necessary.

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– If you are a green diver, you don’t touch

There is no difference whether you wear gloves or not. The important thing is that you don’t touch anything. When you try to touch marine life, it becomes frightened and may move away from its home and expose itself to predators.

Of course, hitting a reef will damage it, but touching it can also be a source of infection for you.

– If you’re a green diver, you don’t feed the marine life

You’ve noticed that fish feed themselves, right? That’s why it’s key to consider what happens when you feed marine life.

  1. You feed them food that does not cover their nutritional needs. So, they can get sick.
  2. You take the animals away from their natural food source.
  3. If they don’t eat your food, you are polluting. Since organic matter can decompose into toxic products that cover corals with algae.

– If you are a green diver, you don’t make noise

Noise is a pollutant. So, the green diver uses acoustic signals to attract attention only when necessary to use them.


– If you’re a green diver, you don’t shut up

There’s one other thing the green divers don’t do, and that’s shut up about their love for the sea.  They share with friends and family the significance of conserving the marine environment. This makes you see the importance of preservation actions and contribute to them. So don’t hesitate, if you are a green diver, share this post.

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