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Green Team
How Green Is Your Team?
Hurghada-based Emperor Divers actively encourages its guests to attend marine life lectures and join
underwater clean-ups. Following the success of its recent eco-week trip for divers, dive centre manager
Chris Gooda shares his views on what operations can do to help protect the environment.
it would be a major achievement if every guest that undertook a
Reduce
dive trip or course in the red sea left knowing a little more about the
a dive centre’s biggest greenhouse gas contribution comes from
underwater ecosystem and their impacts upon it.
its boats, unless, of course, the centre only offers shore diving. By
reducing boat movements within the liveaboard fleet when planning
as divers and dive centres we all rely on marine ecosystems
itineraries for the season, the company saves money and reduces
for our enjoyment and the success of our businesses (without
unnecessary emissions.
even considering the wider environmental implications of their
destruction). at emperor Divers our environmental aim is to do three
on a more local level, the installation of diesel particulate filters on
things: educate, reduce and reclaim.
boats reduces the amount of carcinogenic carbon micro-particulates
being released into the water.
Educate
education is a dive centres’ primary tool for influencing the
in a less direct way we offer guests our carbon offset programme,
environmental impact of divers. By educating staff and guests we can
which encourages guests to offset their carbon finprint. For less
ensure that our direct impact on the reefs is minimised and guests can
than ten euros guests can offset one tonne of carbon dioxide. this is
take home and share their knowledge and experience.
more than the amount released during a week of normal daily diving
(including boat trips, transfers and cylinder fills).
We offer regular ecological talks for guests in both Hurghada and
marsa alam. We’ve had weeks of lectures by professionals such as Reclaim
Danish marine ecologist Bent Christensen and staff members. there Dive centres have an obligation to recover the litter that has found its
are also one-off talks about subjects as broad ranging as dugongs and way into the sea from the rapidly expanding red sea tourist industry.
coral reef preservation by dive centre staff and guest speakers.
there is a saying that if you bring back a plastic bag from a dive, on
the emperor Divers Centre in Hurghada is one of two dive centres on the next dive you will see a turtle. Diver karma maybe. it may or may
mainland egypt to offer the paDi national geographic diver courses. not work, but the sentiment stands – if the bag is not collected it may
this offers another way to broaden awareness and improve diving be mistaken for a jellyfish by a turtle and the turtle may die.
skills.
our neighbours emperor Divers in marsa alam organised a massive
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