Sustainable Tourism - Everyone's Responsibility
Sustainable Tourism is not a new phenomenon for Dive Worldwide. We have been actively involved in conservation for a considerable amount of time now. However, the recent rise in global awareness regarding world climate and associated problems has brought all these terrible issues to the forefront of everyone's mind - and rightly so.
We have always tried to approach our business from a Sustainable Tourism perspective and as we learn more and get better at doing what we do, it continuously evolves.
We work with suppliers who have the same outlook and ethos as ourselves. Many of our suppliers have specific projects, which they have initiated within their own communities, often offering training and an income to help preserve the marine environment for all to benefit.
Dive Worldwide believes that in order to have a healthy marine ecosystem then the major predators of that ecosystem need to be present. Sharks in particular have and still are being persecuted throughout much of the world and it is for these reasons that Dive Worldwide actively supports Bite Back Shark and Marine Conservation.
Formed in 2002, Bite-Back continues to be the UK's only organisation dedicated to the protection of sharks by reducing consumer demand for its meat and fins. Never before has there been such an urgent need for shark conservation. Shark populations are being decimated at a rate of 270,000 sharks each day across the world simply to keep up with consumer demand. It is a rate that can no longer be sustained without fear of stocks collapsing, forcing the potential extinction of some shark species closer by the day.
Since its launch, Bite-Back's ongoing success has seen the organisation take on more mainstream marine conservation issues including campaigns to significantly reduce the trade in other threatened species; lowering levels of oceanic pollution and; protecting fragile coral reefs. Each campaign has been developed to empower the public to become more resolute in its commitment to conserving the oceans, at a local level, through awareness, education, motivation and inspiration.
Bite-Back now boasts celebrity endorsement from nine-times World Freediving Champion, Tanya Streeter, author and journalist, Tim Ecott, plus acclaimed underwater photographers including David Doubilet, Doug Perrine, David Fleetham, Jeff Rotman, Brian Skerry, Alex Mustard, Thomas Pescack, Michael Aw, Norber Wu, James Honeyborne and Tim Laman.
Customers can all make a positive step towards reducing their carbon footprint with each of our trips, by paying the contribution to Climate Care (www.jpmorganclimatecare.com). Climate Care is a company which is able to offset the carbon created by your air journey by investing your money into very tangible, worthwhile global projects, some of which will also significantly improve the lives of local people.
Remember take only photographs and leave only bubbles!
Code of Conduct
- We endeavour to use only diving operators who are environmentally responsible
- Our code of conduct is on our website:
- Dive carefully
- Be aware of your body and equipment placement when diving
- Keep your diving skills sharp with continuing education
- Consider your affect on aquatic life
- Resist the urge to collect souvenirs
- If you hunt or gather game, obey all fish and game laws
- Report environmental disturbances or destruction of dive sites
- Be a role model for other divers in diving and non diving interactions with the environment
- Get involved in local environmental activities and issues.