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Although Curacao’s reefs are beautiful, healthy and full of life, they need help to stay that way.

The Dive Bus Sustainability Policy* is a BUNCH of simple, fun ways to protect our oceans and make a difference.


* the Policy formerly known as the Eco Policy

Although we don’t take life too seriously, too often at The Dive Bus, diver safety, sustainability and ocean protection are notable exceptions. Because it’s not new news that coral reefs – and the massive, vital eco-system of which they’re the backbone – are in rapid decline.

The good news is that, because divers get to see coral reef damage and decline, first-hand, we’re uniquely motivated and able, to do something about it.

With so many ways and unique opportunities for divers to make a positive impact on our oceans, we’ve expanded the original Dive Bus Eco Policy into this Dive Bus Sustainability Policy. Its purpose is:

    • to share a ton of simple ways to minimize our negative impact on our oceans

    • to make it rewarding, fun and easy for you to make that happen – when you’re not diving or vacationing in Curacao, too

    • through the above, maximise our positive impact on our oceans.

Check it out:

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How to reduce your environmental impact with a PADI Green Star Dive Center


The Dive Bus, Curacao

No matter how near or far you live from the ocean, chances are that your trash goes there more often than you do. And it gets there much more quickly and frequently when you’re vacationing on a Caribbean island, with constant trade winds.

Imagine how many of these items you might use and discard on a typical vacation day:

  • Batteries

  • Plastic bottles

  • Plastic cups

  • Plastic bags

  • Plastic straws

  • Cans

In 2016, we earned the PADI Green Star™ Dive Center Award for “demonstrating dedication to the environment and conservation – sustainable tourism – across a range of business functions.”

Curacao’s first Green Star Dive Center, we do this by incorporating the 3 Rs (“Reduce, Re-use, Recycle”) into everyday life at The Dive Bus, along with other Green Star criteria including:

  • efficient water and energy use

  • conservation actions such as regular beach and dive site clean ups

  • making it easy for our divers to do the same

Like many islands, Curacao’s trash is stored in landfill – but due to the constant trade winds, much of it ends up in the ocean. To minimise your “trash impact”:

  • look out for and use Green Force recycle bins like ours, when you’re out and about around the island

  • there are no battery recycling facilities in Curacao, so instead of throwing your dead ones in the trash, prevent battery chemicals leaking into the ocean by:

    • taking dead batteries home with you for proper disposal

    • leaving them in the ‘dead batteries box’ at The Dive Bus for others to take home and dispose of for you

    • switching to rechargeable ones, to reduce waste and save you money

  • check out these Packing Pointers to reduce your trash impact before you even arrive in Curacao – and save valuable luggage space and weight for your new dive gear, fun Dive Bus stuff, gigantic cheese wheels and Blue Curacao purchases… 😉

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How to fund ocean protection with your next PADI dive course

100% Project AWARE

Curacao’s first 100% AWARE Dive Center, The Dive Bus makes a donation to ProjectAWARE for every PADI dive course certification issued by the almost world famous Dive Bus Crew.

You receive a special Project AWARE version of your PADI certification card, and information about Project AWARE’s areas of focus and concerns, so you can make a bigger difference by further supporting them and their actions, if you like.


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How to enjoy Curacao’s reefs without damaging them


If you don’t know that something you’re doing can have a negative impact on the very thing you’re diving to see and enjoy – how can you do anything about it?

The Rules of the Reef poster in The Dive Bus briefing area and on the Dive Buses, should help. Please take particular note of #5: it’s forbidden to remove anything from the ocean, except trash. (Even that must be removed carefully, to avoid doing more harm than good).

If you’re not one of the millions following Project AWARE’s 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet, you might want to take a minute to check them out. This ethic or code is followed by millions of scuba divers to dive by, and anyone and everyone to live by. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how easy the Tips are to follow – and how many you’re probably already following.

And of course, there’s a bunch of fun PADI dive courses to improve your knowledge, awareness and dive skills, so you get more from every dive and reduce any negative impact.


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How to get awesome photos of Curacao’s reefs without damaging them


Everyone has – or will – dive with that guy.

The one with the gigantic camera rig, crawling all over the corals and pushing you out of the way so they can get the perfect shot?

Don’t be that guy. No shot is worth damaging the reef for – or ruining everyone else’s dive. This giant poster in our dive briefing area and on the Dive Buses is a reminder how to get awesome photos and video – without being that guy.

And if you (or your dive buddy) might be that guy? We can fix that in half a day. We’ll correct your weighting and dive positioning, making your diving effortless and improving your air consumption. With these news skills, you’ll become a more comfortable and confident diver, able to notice and enjoy more on every dive – and much less likely to damage fragile marine life and / or annoy fellow divers in the process.


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How to make an instant difference

Take part in a Clean Up Dive:

Curacao’s first dive center to Adopt a Dive Site through the Project AWARE initiative, we run free Dive Bus Clean Up dives every month. With other Curacao Dive Task Force dive centers joining the initiative, there are FREE Clean Up dives around Curacao – every weekend.

Data about the trash collected on each Clean Up dive is submitted online to Project AWARE. They use this vital, real-time marine debris data to identify, monitor and tackle underwater trash issues, worldwide.

You’re very welcome to join in. Your non-diving friends and family are welcome too, removing trash from the beaches to prevent it reaching the ocean in the first place. It’s a great, rewarding way to make a difference – and a lot of fun:


There’s not usually much underwater trash that can be recycled – but there is some we can re-use …:

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How to ensure your trash doesn’t reach Curacao’s reefs in the first place


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Hands-down the most popular Specialty course at The Dive Bus, you’ll come away from the fast-paced, highly practical Project AWARE Dive Against Debris course bursting to implement ideas for preventing trash reaching the reef in the first place.

And, as with any dive course you take with The Dive Crew, you’ll receive a special 100% AWARE version of your certification card.


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How to learn about doing all of the above

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There’s so much we can do to make a difference, it’s pretty overwhelming.

To fix that, we took one of our most popular dive courses – PADI Advanced Open Water Diver – and worked with our buddies at Project AWARE and PADI to build a special version of it.

The Dive Bus PADI AWARE Advanced Open Water Diver course includes:

    • the 2 required training dives for the regular PADI AOW course (Deep, Navigation)

    • the remaining 3 training dives which will teach you important dive skills and useful tips and tricks, and simple ways to make a difference

    • your Dive Against Debris Specialty certification dive (so you can earn 2 dive certifications at the same time, if you like)


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How The Dive Bus Crew take care of the ocean

  • PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and PADI 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 - and 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 a great motivation for them to see a direct, positive outcome from taking care of our reefs, and they're more likely to join in and do the same."

  • Circle white, Zoe 2016

    Dive Shop Manager and PADI Open Water Scuba 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, together. "

  • PADI Open Water Scuba Dive Instructor

    ”Marine debris has been problematic on some scale in every place I have dived. Fortunately, divers are often enthusiastic participants in helping clean it up. I started helping with PADI AWARE clean-ups during my Divemaster course in Thailand. When I arrived in Curacao, I was excited to carry on with that work, and loved that The Dive Bus has always made it fun and easy for our divers to join in.
    The Dive Against Debris course is special for me because part of the focus is on preventing the problem. I love having discussions with divers about what we can do to reduce waste and small changes we can make to help protect our marine environment!"
  • The Dive Bus Curacao, PADI

    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (retired!)

    "I'm always looking for ways to incorporate reef and ocean protection initiatives into everyday life at The Dive Bus to make it as easy and fun as possible for our divers to support and get involved with.
    PADI and Project AWARE are thrilled with what we and our divers are achieving, and other Curacao dive centers have rolled out similar initiatives, helping positioning Curacao as the AWARE destination that it is.
    Keep to date with new initiatives and more easy ways to make a difference, by checking out /subscribing to The Dive Bus Blog, facebook and instagram."