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Green Diving: Do’s and Don’ts and Best Practices

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If you love green 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 green diving’s best practices, what it means to dive green, and what green divers should never do to protect the reef while diving.

People say…

– 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 did.

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, green diving makes you a more valuable person to the planet. These are techniques that take care of the reefs and their inhabitants. These are habits that are repeated over and over again and serve as an example to raise public awareness: we are talking about how to dive green and green diver’s good practices.

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1. Green Diving: A Sustainable Approach to Scuba

Yes, we can enjoy diving while also being responsible and taking care of the environment. It’s called sustainable diving or, in other words, green diving.

A sustainable diver is responsible, for taking into account the protection of the environment and supporting local communities that depend on it. Green diving means following proper diving practices, like not touching or damaging marine life and not leaving trash. Also, it’s important to choose dive operators that are responsible and respect the environment and local communities. And the best part is, you can easily spot a green diver because they get involved in marine conservation while enjoying their underwater adventures.

Moreover, green diving can involve education and support for marine research and conservation. Green divers learn about marine life and environmental issues. They also tend to contribute to research and conservation projects, like coral reef monitoring, ocean trash removal, and marine life rehabilitation programs.


2. Green Diving Industry

If you’re like us, you probably can’t get enough of exploring the underwater world. But here’s the thing – we need to make sure we’re doing it in a sustainable way! That’s where green diving comes into the scuba industry.

Green diving means being responsible and taking care of the environment while we indulge in our love for diving.

Dressel Divers’ Go Green project, is aimed at promoting green diving practices. How do we do that?

Dressel Divers complies with the law, follows social commitment guidelines, and shows the sustainable diving code of conduct with its 8 green diving principles

The entire Dressel Divers team is committed to the philosophy of sustainable diving, and they strive to be role models.

The company also avoids non-reusable plastics and promotes recycling.

Dressel Divers’ Go Green project develops environmental actions in the Caribbean area, such as coral transplants, collaborative coral nursery maintenance projects, and scientific research collaborations.

If you want to know more, we invite you to read the article Sustainable Diving, How Can the Diving Industry Contribute to It.

In it, we discuss how to dive green and protect the environment meanwhile support local communities. It covers topics such as reducing waste and pollution, green diving practices, choosing eco-friendly dive operators, and supporting conservation efforts. The article also highlights the importance of education to the new green divers’ awareness.

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3. How to Dive Green

If you want to dive in a green way, it’s important to respect marine life. As a diver, you should love and respect nature. You should appreciate the beauty of the ecosystem and recognize its fragility. By doing so, you can contribute to its conservation.

Having excellent buoyancy control is essential for green diving. Your buoyancy control reflects your skills as a diver and your respect for nature. Most of the damage caused by divers to reefs happens due to mistakes related to buoyancy control. These errors cause divers to cling to or collide with the reefs.

You should maintain proper buoyancy control to dive in a green way. It will keep you at a safe distance from the reef, which provides two significant benefits. Firstly, it reduces the risk of causing damage to yourself or the reef if something unexpected happens. Secondly, it allows underwater life to feel safer and not perceive you as a threat, enabling you to observe it in its natural behavior.

If you love photography in addition to green diving, it’s crucial to be a responsible photographer. Photographers cause the most damage to reefs, but it doesn’t mean you have to give up your passion. Instead, you should take photos responsibly. Avoid using the flash as much as possible and never rest your camera on the reef. Follow this rule: Never put a “good” image before the well-being of the marine organism or the environment you intend to photograph. Then, your pictures will truly be good.

To practice green diving, you must secure your equipment. Carrying your equipment dangling can damage the coral without you realizing it, and vice versa. To avoid this, use your BCD clips and tethers and ensure that gauges, regulators, flashlights, and other gadgets are attached close to your body.

Learning advanced finning techniques is also important for green diving. While a powerful kick can give you strong propulsion, it may not be suitable when a coral cave, wall, or reef is too close. In these cases, it’s better to use the frog kick. If you haven’t mastered this technique yet, you may find this article helpful: Scuba Frog Kick, How to Make a Perfect One?

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4. Green Divers Don’t do That

If you are a green diver, you leave no trace of your presence behind. As a responsible diver, you should ensure that you don’t litter the sea with anything, either from the boat or while diving. Remember, if you find any garbage in the sea, even if it’s not yours, you should try to take it away if possible. Also, be mindful of your bubbles, especially when in a cave, as they can harm some species if prolonged exposure occurs.

As a green diver, it’s important not to touch marine life, regardless of whether you wear gloves or not. When you try to touch them, it can frighten them and may cause them to move away from their homes, exposing themselves to predators. Moreover, touching reefs can be a source of infection for you and can also cause damage.

Feeding marine life is not green diving, even if you think you’re doing them a favor. Fish can feed themselves, and your food may not cover their nutritional needs, which could make them sick. Feeding them can also take them away from their natural food source and cause pollution. Organic matter from food can decompose into toxic products that cover corals with algae.

Green divers also avoid making noise as it’s considered a pollutant. Only use acoustic signals when necessary to attract attention.

Finally, green divers don’t keep their love for the sea a secret. Share with friends and family the significance of conserving the marine environment, and encourage them to contribute to preservation actions.

So, if you are a green diver, share this post and help spread the word! Remember, every little action counts in green diving.