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Why Does Sustainability Matter in Tourism?

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This article appeared in SEVENSEAS Travel Magazine, September 2016

Experience the Difference Eco Diving Makes with Scuba 6 Eco Diving

By Deby Stabler for Blue Certified

As part of the Blue Certified article series on sustainable scuba diving and tourism, we aim to highlight leaders in the dive industry. At Scuba 6 Eco Diving in Isla Bastimentos, Panama, educating customers about ocean ecosystems not only provides a more meaningful experience but promotes ocean conservation.Angelfish_Queen2_Cozumel_Sept2011_W_joe3lo

At Scuba 6 Eco Diving, school’s cool! Eco Briefings teach why and how the formation of the Isthmus of Panama is related to the special marine life there, fun fish facts, and strange behaviors of the cool creatures divers are likely to see.

Full comprehensive Eco Briefings give divers knowledge of the marine life below. Divers regularly say their experience is more interesting because they are not just looking at fish — but actually understand what they are doing and how everything fits together.

Scuba 6 Eco Diving is in the dive industry because of a strong passion for the underwater world. Their motto: dive with a purpose, see more, and have more fun!  “We are dedicated to diver education, marine protection and community awareness” says Ginette Bariteau, owner of the dive shop.Ginette_& Coral_Identification

Protecting what we love is a key goal of Blue Certified.  Blue Certified is an eco-certification focusing on 30 best practices around sustainable diving, tourism, and business. Through the program, dive shops learn and implement the 3 P’s of sustainable business that include profit (economic), planet (environmental), and people (socio-cultural).  Developed by Ocean First Institute (OFI), in partnership with Sustainable Travel International, Blue Certified provides scuba dive operations with the tools to perform better for themselves, the environment, their community, and their customers.

Ginette says “Customers choose us specifically for our Eco Diving and for what we represent.  Blue Certified helps us maintain a high level of quality as well as minimize our environmental impact.”Isla Bastimentos

Dive in with Scuba 6 Eco Diving, share their love and wonder for the marine environment, and feel good knowing you are helping protect the marine environment one dive at a time.

 

Join us again next month to read about tips for sustainable diving and tourism as part of Blue Certified’s partnership with SEVENSEAS Magazine.

scuba6 logoScuba 6 Eco Diving continually strives to surpass customer expectations and to forge a path to a more sustainable dive industry that others can follow. Scuba 6 Eco Diving’s goal is to offer extended bottom time and share a love and knowledge of the marine environment so that visitors get the most from the time spent underwater. www.scuba6ecodiving.com

BlueCertified_logo_PANTONEWith partnerships throughout the dive industry, Blue Certified guides dive shops towards operating at an optimal level in all day-to-day operations and in relation to their biggest stakeholder, the ocean.

www.oceanfirstinstitute.org/what-we-do/blue-certified/

At Ocean First Institute, we are a passionate team of scientists, educators, divers, explorers and filmmakers dedicated to creating a path of hope and change to improve the health of our world’s ocean. Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza, Executive Director, is passionate about sharing her love of the ocean, the joy of exploration, and the critical importance of science.  Contact her at Mikki@oceanfirstinstitute.org and jump in at www.oceanfirstinstitute.org

Deby Stabler is a sustainability consultant for OFI focusing on responsible tourism. Imagine a vacation that improves the destination you are visiting at www.projectazulverde.com