As a diver you’re in a unique position. More than anyone else, you experience the beauty of the world underwater as well as above ground. For World Oceans Day we encourage you to share your perspective as a diver who is invested in a healthy ocean – with other divers and your land-based community!
Share your ocean love
Organize a big or small celebration for World Oceans Day and use your experience with the ocean to inspire others. Here are a few ideas:
1. Cleanup the ocean floor with fellow divers. See the significant cleanup help that divers have done!
Photo: Oregon Coast Aquarium
You can take your cleanup to the next level and do some outreach in a public place with the trash. An eye-catching trash sculpture or community art project can draw people in, so you can help them make a difference. This is an especially good thing to do if your dive spot is in a tourist-heavy area. Click here for a guide, or see this plastic pollution prevention activity page for more ideas.
2. Organize a purposeful dive meet-up. World Oceans Day is a great time to celebrate! In addition to enjoying diving together, ask everyone to commit to doing something to help preserve the ocean you love. Divers can take the Better Bag Challenge, fundraise for a good cause, or join a group like the NAUI Green Diver Initiative or Project Aware.
3. Inspire kids. Kids go crazy for the mystery of the deep and its weird creatures. Take some kids snorkeling, or go all-out and host a live-dive event to introduce them to ocean creatures! On land, you can go on a cartoon dive: The Octonauts are a team of underwater heroes on a mission to explore, rescue, and protect ocean animals. We have free Octonauts-themed World Oceans Day downloads with a strong conservation message, and young kids love it.
4. Collect local conservation data with a reef survey . Connect with local organizations that help protect the ocean, and if there is anything you can do to help them. Partnering with a local organization for a big World Oceans Day survey could make a big difference for your favorite spot’s future!
5. Learn about invasive species at your favorite dive spot. Organize a workshop to inform other divers, and remove individuals if it’s practical. For example, you can participate in a lionfish derby to remove this harmful species and contribute to lionfish research.
6. Talk shop – dive shop. You don’t have to go underwater to celebrate, bring the celebration up on land! Connect with a local dive shop to organize some World Oceans Day outreach. World Oceans Day is a great opportunity to draw people into the shop with a sale or promotion, and ask them to help the ocean while they’re inside. Suggest ways to be a green diver and simple actions they can take to help every day (such as the Better Bag Challenge). You can also invite local conservation organizations to come set up a table!
7. Participate in an ocean photography challenge. As a diver you have the opportunity to see beautiful underwater scenes- share these with others! Get your dive friends together and trawl your photo collections for your best shots to submit.
Make your life ocean-friendlier
Changes you can make while diving and in your personal life can contribute to a happier, healthier future ocean.
Leave nature the same or better! Marine debris make natural sites less beautiful, less healthy, and less safe for divers and wildlife. When out in a boat make sure to bring all trash with you back to shore! As a diver you can be aware of the impacts of trash in the ocean and encourage your friends to reduce the trash they produce.
Keep sites beautiful for future divers. Locations visited by many divers can be harmed if sustainable diving practices are not followed. As an individual choose green diving operators. As an organization you can help with cleanups and practice sustainable activities on your boats. Learn how to make your organization green.
Observe and enjoy without touching wild animals or plants. Don’t feed the animals. Touching and feeding animals alters their natural habits and may be harmful.
Improve your buoyancy. Keep yourself safe, prevent hitting and breaking endangered corals, and balance to improve your underwater photography!
Pick healthy and sustainable seafood. Certain fishing industries are overfished- be educated so you can enjoy seafood while keeping the ocean healthy.
Protect coral reefs. Beautiful reef sites are important for divers, but increased ocean temperatures cause coral bleaching disease. Learn more about declining coral reefs and share this information with your fellow divers.
Take a course or teach a diving workshop to fine-tune your diving skills and help other divers! Focus on sustainable diving skills and practices such as leaving the ecosystem undisturbed.
Additional Resources: 30 ways to dive & live sustainably