How To Be A Sustainable Scuba Diver This World Oceans Day

June 06, 2023 3 min read

A turtle and lots of fish in the ocean

The 8th of June marks World Oceans Day, the perfect opportunity to reflect on the way we use our wonderful ocean. Unfortunately, the planet is in trouble. As temperatures and sea levels rise, the ocean is struggling too. We must become sustainable scuba divers to try and limit any further damage and preserve our ocean for the future. 

Fortunately, there are simple changes you can make to your habits both in and out of the water so that we can all continue to explore the water in years to come. So, as you celebrate this World Oceans Day, look no further than this quick list of tips:

Find ways to give back

Plastic pollution is one of the main issues facing our oceans. An alarming 12 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the sea each year and this can be fatal if it comes into contact with precious marine life. Though we are sure you clean up after yourself after a dive, making a small contribution towards clearing up the mess left by those less considerate is a great way to be a sustainable scuba diver. Beach cleans are a key part of sustainable diving and happen all around the UK. Not only will you get the satisfaction of tidying up your local shoreline by taking part, you’re also sure to meet like-minded divers along the way.

Dive in the right places

Choosing the right spot for your next dive is a really quick way to be a sustainable scuba diver. Stay local if you’re lucky enough to live close to the ocean and opt for clean water when you can. Never encroach too closely on the habitats of marine life and avoid tour operators that encourage you to get a little too up close and personal with our beautiful creatures. If you’re not sure where you should go, diving with a PADI dive centre like Aquanauts is a great way to start your sustainable diving experience.

Fly responsibly

Travelling by air is never going to be the most sustainable choice, but you might have no choice if there aren’t any good dive spots on your doorstep. If you have to fly, do so responsibly. Choose a direct flight and opt for airlines that use newer, energy-efficient aircraft where possible. While it’s tempting to transport all of your scuba diving gear with you, taking lots of luggage will mean that the aircraft has to burn more fuel. Renting equipment when you arrive is an easy way to make a choice that’s good for the planet and be a sustainable scuba diver.

Shop locally & sustainably

Shopping locally is always an easy sustainable choice. Not only does supporting local businesses help your community, it also limits the amount of transportation and pollution created by your purchases. If you do have to shop online, think carefully about the scuba diving shop you choose and take the time to look at their attitudes towards waste and recycling. Once you’ve found a shop that matches your views on sustainability, take advantage of the growing number of sustainable brands on the market. We stock a great range of brands that put the planet and the ocean first, including Scubapro, Fourth Element and Waterhaul!

Change your day-to-day habits

Being a sustainable scuba diver can extend far beyond your time in the water on World Oceans Day. Opting to shift your habits and make sustainable choices in your day-to-day life is how you can really make a difference to the planet and protect the ocean. From saving water throughout the day to recycling when you can, there are all kinds of small changes you can make. Don’t forget the basics like switching off lights when you’re not using them and saving your laundry for a full load to save water. Anything you can do to reuse and recycle is vital too, and will ultimately stop rubbish from ending up in landfill.

If you need any more tips about how to be a sustainable scuba diver, Aquanauts are here to help. Our friendly team are committed to sustainability and can give you great advice when it comes to sustainable kit and ways to do your bit for the ocean. Get in touch today to learn more.

Lizzie Chapman
Lizzie Chapman

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