It’s always amazing to take a plunge to the world beneath the water and see the wonder that lies deep in the ocean floor. To get surrounded by million of fishes, to wait in thrill as sharks pass by, or to immerse yourself on brightly coloured coral formation to see a glimpse of wandering eels and critters—the ocean always has something to drop anyone’s jaw. This is one of the prominent reason why we take our PADI license. But diving is more than breathing underwater. It’s about appreaciating and protecting the fragile nature. A good diver know how to dive responsibly and prioriize sustainability during the dives. An important part of scuba diving that even beginners need to understand. This is how you can protect the sea while admiring its utter beauty.
Scuba Diving Beginners or Professionals, Everyone Should Respect the Marine Life
Do you agree if marine life was seen to flourish the best where human touch is minimal? Take example of the Raja Ampat Papua, the Banda Island, the Bunaken, and the Komodo National Park. These are some of Indonesia’s best dive sites—and the remotest. It’s important to leave the marine life as it is. Let them flourish naturally without interference. All beginners to professionals in scuba diving needs to understand how to respect the marine life. No touching anything. Never ever attempt to pick a piece of corals. Stay naturally buoyant so you won’t disturb the current. Dive against debris and always be totally aware with your surrounding.
Use Only Reef Safe Sunblock
Any marine-enthusiast should already understand this. Divers, snorkelers and surfers alike must wear only reef-safe sunblock. Regular sunblock can left harmful residues in the water that can stick to reefs and cause bleaching and further damages. Sticking to only reef-safe sunblock ensures the corals and other micro organism stay healthy.
The Single Use Plastic Is Our Common Enemy
This should apply everywhere, but it get even more important when you diving, sailing, or basically staying near the sea. Always use reusable bottles for your drink. This should’ve been taught on your scuba diving for beginners class but we feel the need to stress is again. Never buy bottled drinking water from supermarket and minimise your plastic waste. Be mindful on what you throw to the bins cause it would end up in the ocean.
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Scuba Diving Beginners on Touching the Animals
Some dive operators don’t really know what they are doing and we’ve seen packages where they blatantly offer the opportunity to touch marine animals. Turtles, manta Ray, and whales are common victim of this promotion. Whenever you come across these packages, know that this is not right and no diver should support such conduct. Beginners to pros on scuba diving should understand the implication of touching (or even worse, feeding) the marine life. You can accidentaly strip their protective layer of mucus. Feeding them can lead animal dependency to human. Fishing them to force a interaction can cause animal to stay under the surface longer than it should. In short, you probably will disturb their natural beahviour and it’s harmful to the marine life itself. A good diver know how to appreciate from afar.