In the face of a warming world caused by human-made climate change, our ocean’s ecosystem is getting disrupted with grave consequences for both aquatic life and humans. There are many practical tips on how one we, as individuals, can increase our ocean awareness, and lower our impact.
This blog post will focus on four simple tips, how you can make a difference every time you ascend for a dive. Don’t forget: Responsible diving with greater ocean awareness ensures a long-term upkeep of our oceans.
#1 Look, But Don’t Touch
Divers are curious by nature. As natural-born explorers, we sometimes like to touch things better left untouched. Especially when wearing gloves, we tend to feel more secure touching coral reefs, rocks, and fishes.
However, touching aquatic life and its environment can upset a whole ecosystem, causing permanent damage or even kill affected corals, for example.
#2 Minimize Interaction
Chasing after aquatic life like sharks, jellyfish, or turtles can cause stress to the animal. This can lead to them fleeing from their own breeding grounds.
Also, fish-feeding may seem like a fun and harmless thing to do. Yet, as there are good reasons why one shouldn’t feed most animals in the zoo, there are also good reasons why one shouldn’t feed fish. This may disturb their natural diet and disrupt their nutritional balance.
#3 Master Your Fin Control and Buoyancy Skills
This is particularly essential for new divers. Mastering your fin and buoyancy control is vital if you want to leave your diving spot precisely as you encountered it.
Better fin and buoyancy control causes less disturbance of the marine habitat and lesser risk of casually touching or destroying aquatic life.
Bonus tip: Master your skills locally! By diving in spots close to you, you are not only saving money; you’re also contributing to a better climate by flying less often.
#4 Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Bubbles
This one is self-explanatory – leave nothing behind and take out everything you bring in.
Take no souvenirs such as shells, rocks, or corals with you and leave no hint behind, that you might have been here.
Furthermore, plastic items you bring with you should better be not forgotten underwater. Not only can fish get trapped inside plastic bags or suffocate on bottle caps, but plastics also take hundreds of years to decompose in water fully.