The importance of Marine Conservation
People need air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat, new medicines, a climate we can live in, beauty, inspiration and recreation. We need to know that we belong to something bigger than ourselves. We want a better future for those we care about. To survive and prosper, we need healthy oceans.
The ocean is the largest ecosystem on Earth, it is the planet’s life support system. Oceans generate half of the oxygen we breathe and, at any given moment, they contain more than 97% of the world’s water. Oceans provide at least a sixth of the animal protein people eat. Living oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce climate change impacts. The diversity and productivity of the world’s oceans is a vital interest for humankind. Our security, our economy, our very survival all require healthy oceans.
However, our oceans are under serious threat. Mostly through human impact such as overfishing and severe pollution through effluent and garbage disposal.
Learn more about the Ugly Journey of Our Trash.
Video is from this article on Project Aware
Our commitment –
Recent Web feature by Project AWARE
We recently got featured by Project AWARE on their website during their “Women of Ocean Conservation” issue.
Our resident Course Director – Sabine certainly is an ocean ambassador.
Read the full article at: https://www.projectaware.org/news/women-ocean-conservationContact Sabine
What we are doing
Asia Divers and the El Galleon Resort have been at the forefront of environmental awareness and ocean friendly practices for many years. A few simple things we do every day:
We teach all courses in Neutral Buoyancy – right from the beginning. Not only does this give our divers more confidence underwater, but it helps the awareness of staying off the bottom at all times, protecting coral reefs and self.
Dive Against Debris
Asia Divers has Adopted a Dive Site and is conducting a Project AWARE “Dive Against Debris” every month. We also report our data is great detail so it can be used for policy development. All our instructor candidates learn how to organize such events through eIDC. Of course we pick up any plastic on any dive every day if it fits in the pocket.
No more Plastic Straws
El Galleon has changed from plastic straws to paper (on request- because most drinks can really be enjoyed just from a glass…) and we convinced other resorts to make the change too.
Refillable water bottles for Rooms, Restaurant and Dive Shop
We are using special refillable water bottles for our guests and divers – so they can refuel any time at our water stations – and 50% of the refill- charge goes as a donation to Project AWARE.
Re-use of consumables – e.g. old cooking oil
Our restaurant is utilizing used cooking oil for our romantic evening table lighting.
Zero Liquid Discharge
The El Galleon Resort has an innovative water and waste water treatment system that allows no liquid discharge into the environment – making sure we do our part to avoid effluent pollution. No detergents, sewage or other commercial effluent end up in the sea.
Solar Energy Use
We have several solar panels installed that are currently supplying all our pier and dive deck lighting, the Barrel Bar as well as all amenities in The Point Bar. Five of our rooms are currently running off solar power and we are planning to roll-out the entire resort after the test phase.
Energy Saving Appliances
We started converting high energy use appliances, e.g. aircon units to inverter models in our classrooms as well as resort rooms.
Boat repairs/ repaints
Whenever there is a boat to repair/ repaint, we are extra conscious about any chemicals used and also use sliders to prevent any material from ending up in the ocean.
Schools are engaged in Project AWARE activities and learn how their actions impact the environment. Public littering is a major problem in the area and awareness
Once you visit us, you will find out more ways in which we contribute and make a difference every day
– and so can you!
Be a Buoyancy Expert: Underwater plants and animals are more fragile than they appear.
The swipe of a fin, bump of your camera or even a touch can destroy decades of coral growth, damage a plant or harm an animal.
Streamline your scuba and photo gear, keep your dive skills sharp, perfect your underwater photo techniques and continue your dive training to fine-tune your skills. Always be aware of your body, dive gear and photo equipment to avoid contact with the natural environment.
As a dive professional, divers will look at your role model skills and behavior. So show off your excellence in buoyancy. Teach all courses in neutral buoyancy – this is the only truly “realistic” way to train new and experienced divers. You don’t want to create certified “bottom – crawlers”, right? 😉
During your IDC, you will learn to teach in neutral buoyancy and we will discuss the intent and realistic application of each skill to support the development of your teaching techniques.
What you can do today
Join us on any of our activities – just drop a line to [email protected] to find out our next event.
Start your professional journey with us – as a PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor and learn how to make a lasting impact to preserve the oceans.
Become a Project AWARE – Dive Against Debris Instructor and help organize “trashure” hunts wherever you teach. Spread awareness about ocean conservation and give divers a great opportunity to act and contribute directly. All our IDC instructor candidates are automatically trained in this instructor specialty.Tell us how you want to get involved
Refuse: “Say No to Single Use Plastics”
More than 250 million tons of plastic are estimated to end up in our ocean by 2025. All this plastic is going to seriously harm and kill wildlife like whales and sea turtles. Plus, it puts human health at risk.
Join thousands of your fellow divers and say “no” to single-use plastic carry bags, water bottles and straws.
Join the movement for a clean ocean. Take the pledge and we’ll show you tips that make saying “no” to plastics easy.
Download the AWARE 10 Tips For Divers PDF
Just like climbers and campers have an ethic or code to live by – so do scuba divers. Project AWARE’s 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet helps divers of all skill levels make a difference when they dive, travel, and more.
You can download and share the 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet PDF and do your part to take this ocean ethic to heart.
Grab your 10 Tips tools and start spreading the word today! Encourage your friends, family and divers to take the 10 Tips pledge.Download 10 tips for divers