Green Fins, an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme, provides the only internationally recognized environmental standards for the scuba-diving and snorkeling industry.

The draw of healthy, biodiverse coral reefs compels many divers to travel around the world, but we all know too well that our reefs are under threat. We also know that divers offer some of the world’s most passionate voices for marine conservation and ocean protection.

Diving can open someone’s eyes to the beauty and fragility of the ocean ecosystem. The nature of the sport almost demands that we become more aware of major global issues. Marine debris, coral bleaching and illegal fishing all harm our reefs, and while the diving industry can represent an early-warning system for detrimental changes on the reefs, it can also cause significant damage to the very resource divers and dive shops rely on. Anchor damage, direct contact with coral and harsh cleaning products running onto beaches and into waterways are just a few of the threats diving can pose. As divers, we can do our small part to slow this seemingly inexorable process. By following best practices, divers can significantly affect a coral reef’s resilience to these global threats.

To find out more, enroll in Green Fins Diver specialty course.