Divers as eco-sinners
We all have to admit; we divers don't leave the best ecological footprint. We love to travel to the most remote places, we need equipment from all over the world, sometimes we drive from dive site to dive site and we love to go on a liveaboard. We take this problem very seriously and have often questioned the whole thing. Well - what should we do? It would probably be best to close the diving school and prohibit diving in general. But this is out of the question for us. Because we divers are also important ambassadors for the environment and we can only be that if we regularly convince ourselves of the beauty of the underwater world and see the problems with our own eyes. Many people have already started to live more environmentally friendly after they have started diving and this is exactly where we want to start. We want to make our contribution to the environment with the following implementations:
We as a diving school train people how to dive. But for us, the training doesn't stop there. We are firmly convinced that the training does not only include diving itself, but also knowledge of our environment. Especially our water cycle, of course. For this reason, we also integrate a training block "Diving and Environment" into the diving training to show every diver how and why you have to protect our seas, rivers and lakes.
We are constantly working on making our diving school more sustainable. This is not always easy, especially in Cyprus, but we are convinced that we will achieve a good result here and hopefully set a good example for other diving schools. To achieve this, we are working towards the PADI program "Green Star", which we would like to achieve by the end of 2020.
How can we make our diving school more sustainable?
No PET bottles or disposable plastic products
Use new technologies to save electricity
Keep paper consumption as low as possible
Education and books in electronic form
Minimize water consumption
Unfortunately, there is already a lot of garbage floating in the sea and there is always garbage on the coast. That is why we regularly organize clean-ups, especially in the off-season, to free the sea and land of garbage. Why especially in the low season? During the high season, waste disposal works relatively well and the beaches around us are kept very clean. As soon as the off-season begins, however, you can clearly see that waste disposal no longer works as well.
But we don't just collect garbage from clean-ups. All of our diving instructors and dive guides collect rubbish from the dives and take it to the diving school where we separate and dispose of it. Of course, we always like to give every diver a net to collect garbage. Incidentally, this is also an excellent tarring exercise when diving.
We support the seas!
With our regulary Beach Clean Up's we try to keep the sea clean! As well for us it is very important to protect the underwater world while Diving. This for, we don't feed or touch any marine life under water.
We are co-operating with Ocean Support Kistler from Switzerland for our environmental projects.