A new scuba diving course has been launched in response to the growing problem of plastic pollution in our oceans. The course, called “Dive Against Debris,” aims to train scuba divers to collect and report on marine debris during their dives.
Plastic pollution is a major environmental issue, with an estimated 8 million tons of plastic entering our oceans each year. This pollution not only harms marine life but also poses a threat to human health, as plastic can enter the food chain and accumulate in our bodies over time.
The Dive Against Debris course, developed by the nonprofit organization Project AWARE, teaches scuba divers how to conduct underwater clean-up dives, identify and report marine debris, and take action to prevent pollution.
“Scuba divers are uniquely positioned to help combat plastic pollution,” said Bill Jones, CEO of Project AWARE. “By getting involved in clean-up efforts and reporting on the types and quantities of marine debris they encounter during their dives, divers can play a critical role in protecting our oceans.”
The course has already been adopted by dive centers around the world, and is expected to become a standard part of scuba diving certification programs in the near future.
“Dive Against Debris is a game-changer for the scuba diving community,” said Sarah Green, an avid scuba diver and environmental activist. “It’s empowering to know that we can make a real difference by taking action against plastic pollution during our dives.”
The Dive Against Debris course is just one of many initiatives aimed at combating plastic pollution in our oceans. From beach clean-ups to plastic bans, individuals and organizations around the world are working to reduce plastic waste and protect our marine ecosystems.
By taking action against plastic pollution, scuba divers are not only helping to protect the oceans they love, but also setting an example for others to follow.