Dive professionals can now become Green Fins certified with a new online program launched by the Reef-World Foundation.
The new Green Fins Dive Guide e-Course is free and open to dive professionals, even if their employer is not a Green Fins affiliated operation. The program teaches dive professionals how to stop diving-related damage to coral reefs.
The new online course has three modules:
- Module 1: provides an introduction to the Green Fins methodology, and an introduction to coral reef biology. The module also covers how guides can use the various Green Fins resources open to them.
- Module 2: teaches above water management techniques, including how to effectively plan and brief environmentally friendly dives.
- Module 3: covers in water techniques including how to lead dives, and how to encourage role model behavior amongst your guests.
According to Reef-World Foundation Director Chloe Harvey:
“The Green Fins Dive Guide e-Course enables dive professionals to become more environmentally aware, understand the main environmental threats posed by SCUBA diving and be able to minimise those threats. We hope that the course will help protect coral reefs all over the world, allowing them to be more resilient to wider stressors such as the effects of climate change. What’s more, many divers now expect, and demand, environmentally aware guides so being a positive role model in this way not only protects the underwater environment, but can also result in better employability and more tips!”
Dive professionals who complete have the option to donate US$24/~£19/~€21 to help support the work of Green Fins. The new course can be offered as a standalone course or combined with divemaster training.
You can find out more information here.