Sustainable Diving

Can scuba diving be sustainable?

Yes – certainly there is no reason why scuba diving responsibly cannot be a sustainable activity.

Scuba diving is the best way to be part of a new world, or, in other words, the marine environment. Diving allows you to swim amongst groups of fish and to admire corals, sea stars and other underwater wonders in complete tranquillity.

However, since we are guests underwater, we must behave as such and respect rules of conduct that do not cause damage.

For this reason Friend of the Sea has created a certification standard dedicated to tour operators offering diving activities, to give clear indications on how to dive and protect the marine ecosystem.

This standard has been developed in collaboration with Luca Saponari, a marine biologist expert in sustainable tourism.

How to be a sustainable scuba diver?

Being a responsible diver means being aware of the rules that help protect our fragile ocean environment. By seeking sustainable diving opportunities that follow a through set of environmentally-conscious rules everyone can work towards protecting our valuable coral reefs and ecosystems.

The Standard

Friend of the Sea Sustainable Diving standard seeks to minimise unintentional disturbance through key principles of conduct.

Friend of the Sea criteria for Sustainable Scuba Diving require:

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