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eco-policy-header-iCuracao’s reefs are beautiful, healthy and full of marine life.

We’d like to keep them that way.

Coral reefs are the oldest, most productive eco-system on earth. Effectively the rain forests of the sea, they’re home and food source to a million types of fish and marine creatures. Besides their environmental importance, coral reefs are extremely important to local economies, tourism, fishing industries, human health – and, of course, divers.

But coral reefs are in rapid decline, scientists estimating that approximately 25% have gone forever and, if current trends continue, will be completely gone in 30-50 years.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Marine biologists believe there’s time to slow down and eventually reverse the decline, with help and change. And we divers are in the unique position of not only seeing damage and decline underwater first-hand, but being be able to fix some of it, and prevent or influence things happening or worsening.

Unfortunately, divers contribute to reef damage. Accidentally, unknowingly, usually – but it’s still damage that an ‘Oh crap!’ doesn’t fix.

So whilst we try not to take life too seriously, here at The Dive Bus, protecting the reef and diver safety are two exceptions. Which is why we built this Eco Policy, showing how The Dive Bus, The Dive Bus Crew and our divers can make a difference.

5 ways The Dive Bus makes a difference

1. Making divers aware

If you don't know something's dangerous or can have a negative impact on the very thing you're going diving to see and enjoy, how can you do anything about it?

These posters in The Dive Bus gearing up and briefing area aim to make divers aware:

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2. Being 100% Project AWARE

We're proud to be the first (and, currently, only) 100% AWARE dive center partner in Curacao. That means The Dive Bus makes a donation to Project AWARE for every PADI certification we issue, and our divers receive a special Project AWARE card and information about Project AWARE's areas of focus and concerns.

OUR COMMITMENTS

3. Being a PADI Green Star Operator

We're proud to be the first (and, currently, only) dive center in Curacao to earn PADI Green Star Operator status, for our conservation commitments such as minimising waste, recycling and regular dive site clean ups.

OUR COMMITMENTS

4. Adopting a Dive Site


We're proud to be the first (and, currently, only) Curacao dive center in to adopt a dive site. Data from our monthly Clean Up dives helps Project AWARE address the worldwide underwater trash issue.

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5. Turning trash into divers' treasure

"I clean up fishing line on just about every dive I lead. I explain why to the divers, and show them what we do with the fishing lead that we remove.

And I love that they love finding out that they're diving with weights made from line like we just collected on their dive."

~Mark, PADI Ambassadiver

How The Dive Bus Crew make a difference

"I love showing divers the small stuff that they might not notice otherwise. It makes them more aware of what's around them when they're diving, and how fragile it all is." ~ Zoe
"I love showing divers the small stuff that they may not notice otherwise. It makes them more aware of what's around them when they're diving, and how fragile it all is." ~ Nanne
"I love teaching divers how to dive better. And by diving better, how they can easily avoid doing more harm than good, on every dive they make." ~ Ivana

"I love the look on our divers faces when they return from our clean up events and record the trash they collected. They really get to see what a difference they made - and just how much trash makes its way into the ocean on a regular basis.

It makes them realise how easily they can make make simple differences in every day life that can make a big difference overall." ~ Suzy

10 ways you can make a difference:

Project AWARE’s 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet is an ethic or code followed by millions of scuba divers to dive by, and everyone to live by.

If you're not one of the millions following the 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet, check them out. You might be pleasantly surprised how easy they are to follow:

  • 1. Become a buoyancy expert + the best diver you know

    Just because you may only dive a couple of times of year, doesn’t mean there's no point in you becoming the best diver you know.

    Getting the correct weighting and dive position makes your diving effortless, meaning better air consumption (and therefore longer dives). You'll feel a lot more comfortable and confident and as a result, you'll notice and enjoy more on every dive.

    It also means you’re less likely to cause damage to marine life.

    A swipe of your fin, bump of your camera or even a finger touch can destroy decades of coral growth, damage a plant, remove an important food source or harm an animal. So be aware of your body position, dive gear and photo equipment and streamline your scuba and photo gear.

    Taking your PADI Peak Performance Specialty course is a great way to become the best diver you know. Your tank will last longer and you find it super-easy to avoid touching and damaging the fragile underwater environment. It’s also a lot of fun ;o)

    Click here for more info.

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  • 2. Be a role model

    New scuba divers are being trained and certified every day. Regardless of your experience level, be sure to set a good example for others when interacting with the environment – while underwater and on land.

    If you’re not sure, ask the Dive Bus Crew – and don’t copy them. If they handle something underwater, they’re doing it for a reason and because they’re trained on how to do it safely.
  • 3. Take only photos - leave only bubbles

    Just about everything natural found underwater is alive or will be used by a living creature. When you take a coral, shell or animal, you disturb the delicate balance and add to the depletion of dive sites for future generations.

    It is absolutely forbidden to remove anything from a dive site, except trash. Even that must be removed carefully as it may be providing housing or a growth base for marine life.
  • 4. Know what you're lookin' at to protect marine life

    You'll discover more on every dive, once you know what to look for. And once you know what to look for, you’ll know how to take care of it and protect it.

    Touching, feeding, handling, chasing or/and riding underwater organisms can cause stress, interrupt and affect natural feeding and mating behavior or provoke aggressive behavior. So don't.

    Understand and respect underwater life and follow any local laws and regulations, which will be covered in your Dive Bus dive briefings. Or learn more on your PADI Underwater Naturalist course.

  • 5. Buy less trash + recycle

    Make a conscious effort to buy green, buy local and, when possible, buy less. Especially when you're vacationing on a small island, with limited local resources.

    An astonishing amount of waste makes its way underwater, reaching even the most remote ocean areas. Once there, it kills wildlife, destroys habitats and threatens our health and economy.

    Re-use and recycle whatever you can. When you're here in Curacao, look out for and use the Greenforce recycle bins, like the ones we have at The Dive Bus. Otherwise your trash ends up in landfill.

    Got dead batteries? Leave them in the dead batteries box in The Dive Bus shop. And if you have space, take as many of them home with you as you can, as there's no battery recycling facility in Curacao.

  • 6. Make Responsible Seafood Choices

    Overfishing leads to species declines while harmful fishing practices damage and pollute underwater ecosystems.

    You play a critical role as a consumer.

    If seafood is part of your meal selection, ensure you’re choosing sustainably sourced species and encourage others, including restaurants and shop owners, to do the same.

    The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch® program is a recognized leader in creating science-based recommendations that help consumers, chefs and businesses choose seafood that is caught or farmed in ways that don't harm the environment.

    Their recommendations indicate which seafood items are "Best Choices" or "Good Alternatives," and which ones you should "Avoid." Download a printable guide for your wallet guide here.

    Or the app here.
  • 7. Clean up

    Scuba divers are some of the strongest ocean advocates on the planet because they appreciate the importance and beauty more than most people never get to experience first-hand.

    ProjectAWARE makes it easy for you to make a difference.

    Speak out for conservation, share your underwater images, report environmental damage to authorities and campaign for change.

    See how you can help the ocean here and be sure to ‘like’ and ‘share’ to spread the word, as increasing awareness helps a lot!

    Check out and join in the monthly Dive Bus Clean Up events or with your local dive shop back home, to make a difference and meet new dive buddies :)
  • 8. Be an Eco-tourist

    Make informed decisions when choosing and visiting a destination at home or overseas can make a bigger difference than you may think.

    Choose facilities using responsible social and environmental business practices, such as water conservation, energy reduction, proper waste disposal, use of mooring buoys and respect for local cultures, laws and regulations. Such as PADI Green Star facilities, like The Dive Bus.

    How you can help in Curacao

    Most of Curacao’s waste goes to landfill. So whatever you can recycle whilst you're here, or take home to dispose of properly, reduces the possibility of your waste to end up in the ocean or poisoning the land.

    If you have space in your luggage, please take as many dead batteries as you can from the box at The Dive Bus. If you can't re-use them, feel free to deposit your recyclable plastics and aluminum in our recycle bins rather than in your room.

    GreenForce is a private company run by a highly dedicated, driven individual, constantly pushing the Government to change laws and implement new ones regarding the dumping of trash in Curacao, and development of protected land.

    He set up recycling centers at many locations around the island, including plastics and aluminum recycling bins at The Dive Bus.

    Check out the Greenforce Curacao website for tips to help YOU protect Curacao whilst you’re here.

    And feel free to bring your recyclable materials to The Dive Bus and make a difference to our island!
  • 9. Shrink Your Carbon Footprint

    Global warming and ocean acidification are putting your favorite animals and the whole ocean planet at risk. Do your part by understanding and reducing your carbon footprint and look for ways to offset what you can’t reduce.
  • 10. Give Back: take your next PADI course at a 100% Project AWARE dive center

    Ocean protection depends on all of our actions, large and small. Investing in the ocean protects our planet and lets the dive adventure live on. Donate or fundraise for ocean protection to fuel the grassroots action and policy change necessary to ensure a clean, healthy ocean planet.

    Or take your next PADI dive course with a 100% Project AWARE operator like The Dive Bus. For every certification card issued, we donate $10 to Project AWARE. And YOU get a super-cool, limited edition Project AWARE certification card, showing other divers that you care about the ocean, too.

About Project AWARE

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Project AWARE
is a non-profit organization, supported by PADI, working with volunteer divers like you and dive centers like us, to protect underwater environments around the globe.

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Divers just like you, making a difference at The Dive Bus

We run Clean Up dives every month, so if you're planning on diving with us at The Dive Bus, why not join in? You'll be very welcome! Check out the schedule on facebook and more fun diving videos on youtube.