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DEMA Preview: Unleash your potential with ocean conscious business models



Reef-World’s #BlueGreen seminars at DEMA to help dive professionals thrive in a changing world…

Green Fins was showcased for the first time on US soil this time last year, and industry sustainability leaders have demanded more. UK Charity The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinators of Green Fins – will return to lead a series of seminars at DEMA Show (Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, 13-16 November 2019) to help dive businesses and professionals find ways of seating sustainability at the heart of their business model.

In these seminars – which are sponsored by Fourth Element, Explorer Ventures, Paralenz and Worldwide Dive and Sail International Ltd. and supported by Blue Ocean Network – intel and practical guidance on industry environmental best practice will be shared. All segments of the industry, from dive travel, to dive operations, to dive kit manufactures and training agencies, can play a key role in greening the diving industry value chain. The result will be businesses that attract better staff, reduce costs, protect natural assets, invigorate existing markets, and engage enthusiastic customers who are hungry for more.

Chloe Harvey

Through her work with Green Fins over the past 10 years, Chloe Harvey (Director of Reef-World) has directly worked with diving communities and regulatory bodies in 11 major diving countries to implement environmental standards for diving. She has worked face to face with over 300 dive operators to improve environmental practice, and indirectly with over 600. She has built partnerships with leading diving industry brands to champion sustainability (e.g. PADI, Fourth Element, Six Senses), is affiliated with the UN Environment and a member of the International Coral Reef Initiative. Chloe would like to share tangible examples from businesses around the world who are already embracing Green Fins’ proven methods.

Event Details: 2 Seminar Times to Choose From

The “Unleash Your Potential with Ocean Conscious Business Models” seminars are open to all and will be running at two different time slots during the DEMA Show. Pick a time to come and join the conversation:

Benefits for Attendees

As the Blue Planet effect continues to drive eco-tourism, consumers are looking for greener alternatives. The seminar series will explain what an ocean-conscious approach is and how this will help businesses across the dive sector thrive; helping you to unlock countless scalable opportunities by giving eco-minded consumers what they want. Attendees will leave knowing: How to plan ocean-conscious dive trips; Where to find manufacturers that are reducing plastic packaging; Who produces innovative green dive gear; How to minimise environmental impact from divers and underwater photographers, and Receive free Green Fins guides.

Unlocking Sustainable Diving Practices through the Green Fins Approach

The seminars, presented by The Reef-World Foundation will teach attendees about Green Fins –  a proven conservation management approach spearheaded by The Reef-World Foundation in partnership with the UN Environment Programme, which leads to a measurable reduction in the negative environmental impacts associated with the marine tourism industry – and how dive and snorkel operators can benefit from free Green Fins membership.

Learn What the Competition is Doing

Through real-life examples of what businesses are doing to improve sustainability through Green Fins, attendees will gain priceless competitor insights and learn what works and what doesn’t when facing certain sustainability obstacles.

Free Resources, Support and Take-Aways

Reef-World will be launching the industry led Ocean Conscious Suppliers list, and attendees will be asked to contribute to this shared resource. Attendees will also receive free Green Fins guides to get started on their sustainability journey as well as learning more about networks and initiatives, such as Mission2020, where the industry is rallying together to make faster progress and hold each other accountable.

Hany George and Chloe Harvey prepare for a dive.

Ocean-Conscious Sponsors

This seminar series is made possible by the sponsorship of four companies who are already on the sustainable diving pathway and represent different stakeholder groups in the dive and travel industry:

  • Fourth Element is innovating dive manufacturing by producing dive gear using ghost fishing nets, biodegradable packaging made from vegetables is leading the latest environmental movement within the industry – Mission2020;
  • Explorer Ventures – is working towards the elimination of single-use plastics onboard its Caribbean vessels. It is also helping The Reef-World Foundation establish targeted liveaboard protocols as part of the Green Fins initiative with the hope of improving dive operator and liveaboard environmental policies worldwide;
  • Paralenz – Paralenz Group Aps is a Danish tech company dedicated to the Ocean. Together with divers across the globe, they have developed a camera that enable divers to capture and share the state and life of the Ocean as a seamless part of the dive;
  • Worldwide Dive and Sail International Ltd. works with partners with similar philosophies, sources local, sustainable products wherever possible, runs reef clean-ups and educates guests about how they can make a difference; for example, by encouraging them to bring eco-friendly toiletries, such as sunscreen and toothpaste.

Can’t Make it?

If you can’t make either of the seminars but are interested in receiving the Green Fins guides and materials, please email to register your interest. For real-time updates about the show and the latest Green Fins developments from The Reef-World Foundation, you can also follow Reef-World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and Green Fins on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

For more information about Reef-World’s work, please visit and


Frontline workers honoured with free dive trip to Yap



The remote island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia is among the few places in the world that remains free of Covid-19 thanks to its ocean border and a strict travel ban that has kept its residents safe.

Nonetheless, Yap has been affected, too. As one of the world’s premier, award-winning destinations for divers, this paradisiacal location in the western Pacific Ocean has had no outside visitors to its rich shores and reef for nearly a year. But while there may be no virus, the island hasn’t been cut off from the economic impact experienced around the globe.

Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers by A. Tareg

That didn’t stop Bill Acker, CEO and founder of the Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers, from doing something, though.

Last March, soon after the island went into lockdown, Bill began to realize the effect of the virus on daily life beyond the island. “Yes, we are closed, have no divers, had to send our employees home and prepare for difficult times,” he said. “But we’re lucky in that we have, for the most part, avoided the human suffering and death this pandemic has caused.”

Thinking about the problems faced by his family business, they paled when he compared them to those endured by the healthcare workers who have been fighting selflessly around the clock for months on end for the well-being and lives of others.

“One evening, while checking the news online, I saw pictures of frontline workers who were tending to desperately ill and dying people when families and friends could not be with their loved ones. It was heartbreaking,” he added.

The next day, a meeting was held with the resort’s staff and Bill invited suggestions for ways they could do something to honor healthcare workers. The result was the idea to award twenty divers who are working on the frontline to save other’s lives during this pandemic while risking their own, with a free week at the resort.

Manta ray, Manta birostris, gliding over a cleaning station in M’il Channel, Yap, Micronesia by David Fleetham

Divers around the world who had been guests at Manta Ray Bay in the past were invited to submit the names of candidates for the award by December 31, 2020. “We received nominations for 126 individuals from as far away as Germany, the U.S., Australia and Canada,” he said. “It was not easy choosing the winners but our committee of staff members took on the job and selected the 20 finalists.”

“While trying to choose the people to reward for their hard work during this Covid-19 crisis,” Bill added, “by reading the nominations we saw that every one of the nominees was doing things above and beyond the call of duty. Sadly, we don’t have the finances to offer over 100 free weeks in Yap, but we do want to recognize the contributions all of them are making to our world. So, we are offering the rest of the nominees a free week of diving in Yap which includes room, hotel tax, airport transfers, breakfast, diving and Wi-Fi.  The only requirement is that they travel with at least three other people and stay in two rooms or more.”

“We do not yet know when Yap will open its borders,” said Bill, “but when it does, we will welcome these important guests to Yap to relax and dive with the manta rays and the other beautiful denizens of the ocean surrounding our island home. They are the true heroes of this devastating, historic time and we look forward to honoring them with a well-deserved dive vacation.”

Watch out for our exclusive trip report from a healthcare worker from the UK who is one of the 20 to have been awarded this amazing dive trip!

For more information on Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers visit their website by clicking here.

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)



It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

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