Responsible Diving for Coral Reef Conservation

Diving responsibly to protect reefs for everyone´s benefit

Responsible Diving SystemProperty, goods, and equity are assets that require proper use and management to ensure long-term personal and corporate wealth. Correspondingly, coral reefs are an asset to the reef tourism sector. Coral reefs are the playground for snorkelers and divers, the office for dive professionals and marine researchers, and source of revenue for the diving and coastal tourism industries. Therefore, we must learn how to properly use and manage coral reefs if we are to continue reaping the benefits of healthy coral reefs.

As part of our mission, Corales de Paz believes that there are three distinct components for creating a snorkeling and diving industry that has a net positive environmental impact. The three components are knowledge, skills, and behavior, and together form the Corales de Paz Responsible Diving System which helps you ensure that you always put more than what you take from coral reefs.

A reef user like you, (e.g. beachgoer, snorkeler or diver) must have a proper foundation of knowledge to understand how coral reefs function, and their strong connection with humans, to be aware of the impact you are causing to coral reefs. Practical training offers you the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to measure and reduce the impact caused to coral reefs. At Corales de Paz, we have packed a minimum set of concepts and skills within our Meaningful Diving Universe (MDU) which we believe you need to start helping build resilient coral reefs. From the moment you enter the MDU, you must adopt and commit to an environmentally friendly use of coral reefs. You have now the ability to positively influence reef user behavior and help protect coral and other marine life on every visit.

Meaningful Diving Universe

Knowledge and skills for you to start helping build resilient coral reefs.

Corales de Paz Meaningful Diving Universe

Sign Up Now for a Program

You can start practicing meaningful diving today from the comfort of your home or office. The theory component of most programs in the Meaningful Diving Universe is available online for e-learning. Once you complete and pass your theory you can choose one of the opportunities we offer your to practice meaningful diving for marine conservation, join us in one of our Reef Check Expeditions, Reef Repair Expeditions, or Reef Giving Expeditions.

Coral Reef Diver Recognition Program

Free recognition ratings for you every time you complete a new meaningful diving level.

You care, you help, you are becoming a better, more responsible diver. We want to recognized your commitment. At Corales de Paz, we have created a commitment recognition rating program just for that. Every time you reach a new level, we’ll send you an e-card with your name and level for you to show, share and encourage others to become meaningful divers for marine conservation too. Divers with certifications in any of the programs of our Meaningful Diving Universe, except the Reef Check and Reef Repair programs, from a recognized diving agency can request recognition by Corales de Paz to receive their Coral Reef Diver rating.

Blue OceansThe Scuba Schools International (SSI) Blue Oceans is a free e-learning program that introduces you to many of the global challenges that our ocean faces today and it provides you with environmentally friendly practices and behaviors you can take to address those challenges. The Blue Oceans program is for everyone, you don´t have to be a diver, a conservationist, or a training center operator to make an impact.

All Reef Users Start Here

Even If You Are Not a Diver

Show your commitment to responsibly friendly snorkeling and diving by learning the current challenges that oceans face today, commit to take actions to reduce your impact, and adopt code of conduct for a  responsible use of coral reefs. You can be a snorkeler, a diver or a dive operator. Take today the SSI Blue Oceans Program and the Green Fins Dive Guide Course and show that you care and want to change. They add for your free commitment recognition rating under our Meaningful Diving Universe.  

Green Fins Flag

The Green Fins initiative aims to protect and conserve coral reefs through environmentally friendly guidelines that promote a sustainable diving and snorkeling industry.

Green Fins is coordinated internationally by The Reef-World Foundation in partnership with the UN Environment.

Become a Green Fins Member

Dive and snorkel centers operating in active Green Fins locations (Antigua & Barbuda, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Palau, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) become members by signing the membership form and pledging to follow the 15 environmental practices of the Green Fins Code of Conduct. Active Green Fins members are then trained, assessed and certified annually by qualified Green Fins Assessors, following a specific membership process.

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Become a Green Fins Member

If Green Fins in not yet active in your location, you can start by becoming a Green Fins Dive Guide and/or promoting the Green Fins Code of Conduct.

For our Responsible Diving System Corales de Paz has registered as dive school with Scuba Schools International (SSI) . Register today in our SSI´s dive school page and start taking any of these and many more e-learning courses in our Meaningful Diving Universe. It´s as simple as login and learn with SSI´s e-learning platform from your phone or laptop.