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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 to respect, protect and give back to our oceans, at The Dive Bus

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:

2. Being a 100% Project AWARE Dive Center

We're proud to be the first (and, currently, only) 100% AWARE Dive Center 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 by re-using and refusing and recycling, as well as regular beach and dive site clean ups. Help us make a difference whilst you're here!

OUR COMMITMENTS

4. Adopting a Dive Site

We're excited to have been the first Curacao dive center to Adopt a Dive Site through Project AWARE and are thrilled that several more Curacao dive centers have since done the same.

Data submitted from all of our monthly Clean Up dives on our beautiful house reef, Pierbaai, helps Project AWARE address the worldwide underwater trash issue.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE - JOIN IN ONE OF OUR CLEAN UP DIVES WHILST YOU'RE HERE!

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Or - and - for more ways to make a difference, check out the PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty course too. Because it's not only about clearing trash from our oceans - you'll come away from this amazing course bursting to implement a bunch of ideas for preventing it getting there in the first place.

5. Turning trash into divers' treasure

How The Dive Bus Crew make a difference

Mark:

PADI Dive Instructor and AmbassaDiver

"I've been cleaning up fishing line and fishing lead on pretty much every dive for as long as I can remember. My divers always ask what I'm doing and why, and I'm happy to explain why, as well as how we re-use the lead to make some of the weights that they're actually diving with.
I love that they love finding out where some of their weights came from. It's great motivation for them to see a direct, positive outcome from taking care of our reefs."

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Dive Shop Manager and PADI Dive Instructor

"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, how fragile it all is and how we all need to take care of all of it.
These days I spend more time in the dive shop than underwater, and it's amazing - and very cool! - how many of our divers comment on and support our efforts to take care of our ocean environment. "

Dario:

PADI Dive Instructor

"I love fixing things and making them better. So I love showing divers tips and tricks to make them better divers, for them to better manage their buoyancy and equipment and be able to relax and enjoy underwater.
That means they get to see more on every dive without (unintentionally) causing damage to fragile marine life."

Bor:

PADI Dive Instructor

"I love that I get to share my enthusiasm with diving with divers. I really like explaining how marine life works and exists together, and the importance of keeping our reefs clean and protected for marine life that can't survive without them.
My favourite dive course to teach is the Dive Against Debris Specialty. The participants - divers - and non-divers alike - are always amazed by how much damage we cause to our oceans unknowingly, then thrilled to learn how easily we can start fixing it - and more importantly, preventing it."

Kelly:

PADI Dive Instructor

"Most of my pro diving career has been in the USA although my dive adventures have taken me all over the place. I'm loving that everyone on The Dive Bus Crew takes ocean protection so seriously, whilst making it easy and fun at the same time.
In my experience, it's unusual for overseas dive centers to take ocean protection as seriously as US and Canada centers, as opportunities and facilities tend to be harder to find. So I'm very happy to be a part of this one!"

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.