Utila Dive Centre prides itself as being ecologically aware. It's been the dive center's ethos to educate divers about the reef and the environment in every diver course they teach. By educating divers of all levels, they ensure that divers interact in a safe and positive way and spread the word as they continue traveling and diving the world.
Andy Phillips says, "We decided we wanted to take our green diving a stage further. We wanted to coordinate all our green activities and also ensure that UDC continually strives to innovate in this area. We therefore assembled a permanent “green team".
The green team consists of several staff members who meet regularly to discuss, implement and monitor activities. Currently the activities include:
- Introducing recycling bins for plastic all around the dive centre
- Implementing a green notice board that includes information on what fish to eat and what to avoid, tips on how to care for the reef, quotes of the week and whale shark and lionfish information
- Regular beach clean ups
- Underwater clean ups
- Frequent ecology and educational talks from experts
- Coral watch as a mandatory part of our dive master program
- Lionfish capture and containment distinct specialty and a lionfish sighting database. (all lionfish data fed to Utila College for Marine Ecology for further analysis)
- Shark petition promoted to all clients
It's a great concept and one that takes dive center actions one step further towards protecting our ocean planet. Great work!