By Presidential decree, the Obama Administration has officially declared the month of June as National Oceans Month to raise awareness of ocean conservation efforts.
“The ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes provide jobs, food, energy resources, ecological services, recreation, and tourism opportunities, and play critical roles in our Nation’s transportation, economy, and trade, as well as the global mobility of our Armed Forces and the maintenance of international peace and security.” – President Barack Obama
What do we do for National Oceans Month?
At Paradise Below Diving, we work to ensure healthy oceans for current and future divers here in South Florida. Whether it means picking up a rusty soda can found diving or reminding our divers to follow PADI Project AWARE standards, we know that healthy oceans mean a healthy planet and a healthy life for everyone. Anyone who’s ever stood with their toes in the sand watching a beachside sunset – or sunrise – can vouch for the majesty of the sea.
In light of National Oceans Month, We asked the staff at Paradise Below Diving what do they do to protect the oceans and beaches of South Florida?
“Our Paradise Below dive charter is equipped with an environmentally friendly diesel engine which significantly reduces fuel emissions.” – Rene Bobadilla, Owner/Instructor
“We partner with the PADI Project AWARE Foundation to teach our divers about the most common issues facing aquatic environments and what they can do to make a difference to conserve them.” – Ashley Bobadilla, Owner/Operation Manager
“As I Divemaster I get to introduce people to the ocean every day and show them exactly how crucial it is to all aspects of life. I take pride in knowing that I not only teach them a new life-skill, but also in the fact that they’re getting to see the ocean’s beauty in a way only experienced by scuba diving.” – Ashley Taylor, Divemaster
Here are some easy ways you can save the ocean and lead an environmentally friendly lifestyle:
#1 Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Advancements in technology are making it easier and easier to simply turn your lifestyle into a green one. Carpool to work. Or instead of driving to the local grocery store, ride your bike.
#2 Use Less Plastic and Recycle
While you’re at the grocery store, buy a reusable water bottle instead of the throwaway plastic type. Plastic products take hundreds of years to biodegrade and some scientists argue they don’t ever truly degrade at all. Plus, you can save over $225 a year by making the switch. Now that’s a win-win for everyone.
After a sun-drenched beach day BBQ make sure to clean up after yourself. Simple.
#4 Shop Fish Friendly
Due to high demand, global fish populations are being depleted at an astonishing rate. Many popular species of fishes are at risk of overfishing. However, there’s a whole menu of seafood that is perfectly safe to eat without worry. One popular South Florida specialty being snow crab. Yum!
#5 Watch What You Flush
Nemo wasn’t kidding when he said all drains lead to the ocean. Only put items of an, ahem, organical nature down drains – if you know what we mean.
Sometimes making a huge difference is as simple as checking a box. Keep the environment in mind when voting.
#7 Join a Beach Clean Up
Volunteers collected almost 18,000 pounds of debris last year. Not only are you making your local beach more beautiful, but making like-minded friends. Plus, events are kept fun and usually end in a little party BBQ with your fellow volunteers.
#8 Go Scuba Diving!
The best way to appreciate the marine environment for what it’s worth is to get your feet wet and try scuba diving. We know more about space than we do about our own oceans and new discoveries being uncovered every day! With so much to experience, you will never be bored. If you happen to find yourself in South Florida, we can help you celebrate National Oceans Month by…
Diving with us at Paradise Below Diving in West Palm Beach!
We have a wide range of courses, activities, and charters available from the novice to the experienced diver.
Give us a Call at 1-855-YOU-DIVE