Whilst diving, it is important to be aware of your environment, your placement of the body and the equipment used. A lot of damage to coral reefs can be done by hitting or dragging inadvertently, spending a little more time to become aware of your surroundings and swimming with caution will reduce the risk of damaging corals. Coral is very fragile and can be damaged when pushed, the coral also has very slow growth so hitting it even if only accidentally will take a long time for the coral to recover, causing lasting damage to corals.
At all times you should be aware of, consider and respect the aquatic life around you. Sea life can get extremely stressed when interfered with, you should avoid touching, feeding and handling creatures as this can disrupt the feeding and mating behaviours of these creatures. Many sea creatures do not pose as a threat to humans so ensure you do not cause stress to them.
It is advisable to avoid collecting any souvenirs or artifacts whilst diving. Areas can be very quickly stripped by divers collecting corals and shells etc in popular destinations, which leads to areas of beauty look very sparse as well as damaging habitats. If you appreciate the beauty of the underwater world, then leave it how it is for others to appreciate and take a diving camera and capture the beauty in a environmental friendly way.
If you notice any damage or destruction as you dive, you must report it. It could be anything from foreign substances in the water to seeing a school of fish injured or deformed in the region. If you do not know who to report it to, then tell a local dive centre and they can communicate with the organization needed, for example, environmental managers and other approvals. This would prevent further destruction, and even save lives, even the small changes are worth reporting.
You should be a role model for other divers, if you enjoy the beauty of the sea, you must also respect and help keep it clean, if everyone did, we will be able to see the beauty for the many centuries now. Being a role model is important because people will notice your good attitude and respect for the sea, they generally will follow suit, especially for divers, because they can witness for themselves the damage already caused.
For those that are interested in helping the environment and sealife conservation check out Phi Phi Dive Camp, they have many projects currently running in order to look after the sea life and corals in Thailand. As well as conservation you can also look at Diving Phi Phi
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