8 Tips for Responsible Diving

Wakatobi (Image courtesy of Marcus Lindenlaub)

Traveljunkieindonesia.com – Those who know me well, know that I’m a bit of a sea gipsy.

I loooooove diving. I love thinking and talking about sea turtle, shark, and beach. The popularity of diving puts immense pressure on many sites in Indonesia. Consider the following tips from Travel Junkie Indonesia when diving and help preserve the ecology and beauty of reefs:

1. Do not use anchors on the reef, and take care not to ground boats on coral.

2. Avoid touching living marine organisms with your body or dragging equipment across the reef. Never stand on corals, even if they look solid and robust.

3. Be Conscious of your fins. The surge from heavy fin strokes near the reef can damage delicate organisms. When treading water in shallow reef areas, take care not to kick up clouds of sand. Settling sand can easily smother delicate reef organisms.

4. Practise and maintain proper buoyancy control. Major damage can be done by divers decending too fast and colliding with the reef. Make sure you are correctly weighted and that your weight belt is positioned so that you stay horizontal.

5. Resist the temptation to collect corals or shells. The same goes for marine archaeological sites (mainly shipwrecks).

6. Ensure that you collect all your rubbish and any litter you find as well. Plastics in particular are a serious threat to marine life. Turtles can mistake plastic for jellyfish and eat it.

7. Resist the temptation to feed fish.

8. Minimise your disturbance of marine animals. In particular, do not ride on the backs of turtles as this causes them great anxiety.

Happy green dives!

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One Comment

  1. I agree with you. Sometimes diver also break the reefs while taking underwater photographs by stepping on it or holding it.

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