We are taking the lead in environmental conscious diving trips in Phuket. Our commitment started in 2019 in compensating for the carbon footprint annually. Since then we are giving “something back to the marine environment every dive trip we do. Find out here what we do in order to minimise the environmental impact on our dive trips and how you can help too.
Environmental conscious diving boat
We believe the biggest and most valuable asset of a dive centre is the ocean. Scuba Diving is an equipment-intensive sport. It’s not the scuba diving equipment only but as well the boat used to go to dive sites or even the travel to your vacation destination with an aeroplane. We looked into energy usage and where we can save. The diving vessel refit 2019 was with a focus on efficiency in operation and environmental consciously. We are proud to not have to run an electric generator on the boat during operation as we can cover all electric consumption with solar panels and a lithium battery bank as storage. This free energy source helps us to reduce diesel usage, maintenance costs and noise pollution. Long story short. By reducing diesel usage our carbon footprint will be smaller, and it saves us money to operate therefore we can offer affordable and environmental conscious diving in Phuket at the same time.
“Beach Resorts and Yachts’ most attractive resource is of no cost at all, the ocean is free of charge! We are convinced that the tourism industry can be a major promoter of actions towards the preservation of the ocean”
David Martin – Co-Founder Oceans For All Foundation
Environmental conscious dive courses
All courses are conducted on our vessel where we offset the carbon footprint. We reduced dramatically printing documents when PADI went all digital with eLearning and digital forms.
This gives students the advantage to start their course in comfort wherever they are with e-Learning prior to arriving on Phuket island.
We can say we are almost a paper-free dive centre by using and adapting to the ever-developing digital world. No worries the diving is still offline and will be offline forever. We got July 2022 awarded by PADI with the PADI Green Star Award for dedication to environmentally-responsible business practices and commitment to conservation of underwater habitats.
How do we calculate the carbon footprint from our dive boat?
Well, that is straightforward. We add up all bills from bunkering diesel from the 1st of September 2021 to the 31st of August 2022. That sums up to 13’948 litres. We take that figure and enter that in the calculator available on the blue pass page of the website of Oceans For All.
We donated THB 10’670 (approx 300 USD) to Oceans For All, being used towards the mermaid garden project – A project restoring costal shores ecosystems by regrowing underwater vegetation. 70% of the oxygen we breathe comes from the sea and 1 m square of seagrass will absorb 20 times more CO2 than the same surface of land grass. It’s called Blue Carbon. Blue carbon is carbon sequestration (the removal of carbon dioxide from the earth’s atmosphere) by the world’s oceanic and coastal ecosystems, mostly by algae, seagrasses, macroalgae, mangroves, salt marshes and other plants in coastal wetlands. Our efforts are in line with the PADI Aware initiative called Climate Change with the goal: Achieve carbon neutrality across the PADI Organization and fund seagrass and mangrove habitats to offset carbon.
How you can help?
You help to reduce the carbon footprint and environmental impact by simply choosing us to dive with. Out of approximately 80 dive centres in Phuket, we offer the most environmentally conscious dive trips and courses. Guests dived with us from September 2021 to August 2022 supported team sea garden from Oceans For All Foundation. Thank you, it is very much appreciated!
What are Alice and Simon personally giving back?
We both are members of the Rotary Club of Patong Beach (one of 9 clubs in Phuket) voluntarily supporting the community. We are members of the community service committee and focus on environmental projects helping the community and nature. With the Rotary Club of Muang Rae together, we will 3D-print an artificial reef out of cement giving juvenile fish a place to hide and grow.