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PADI award Green Star Award to Scuba St. Lucia



St. Lucia’s longest-running dive operation, Scuba St. Lucia, has been awarded the Professional Association of Diving Instructors Green Star Award for its dedication to conservation.

Founded in 1981, Scuba St. Lucia is located at the water’s edge of the Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts. Consistently voted among the top hotels in the Caribbean by leading travel authorities, both hotels were designed with a commitment to sustainability and environmental preservation.

Now, PADI is recognising the resorts’ efforts to keep its scuba diving operation clean and green.

The award is given to PADI dive centers and resorts that demonstrate a commitment to conservation across multiple business functions, including energy use, water conservation, environmentally friendly transportation, conservation leadership, use of sustainable materials and a donation to conservation via Project AWARE.

That level of dedication to the environment falls in line with the philosophy of resort owner, Nick Troubetzkoy, who is passionate about nature. “Being conscious about the environment is a way of life for our teams at Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain,” Troubetzkoy said.

The hotels operate their own wastewater treatment plant on-site, treating gray water for irrigation and keeping its water supply independent from the surrounding community, so as not to burden the residents of Soufrière. The resorts’ facilities are equipped with low-flush toilets, low-flow shower heads and composting toilets on the beach.

Guests are encouraged to reuse their towels and sheets during their stay, rather than having their linens laundered daily, and old but still usable towels are altered by a local seamstress to become hand towels for the hotel’s public areas.

The resorts’ fuel-efficient vehicles are regularly serviced, and fresh fish and produce come from a farm on the property as well as from the surrounding community.

The region around Anse Chastanet is part of an award-winning marine reserve run by the Soufrière Marine Management Association. Scuba St. Lucia strictly follows the marine reserve policy of “look but don’t touch,” to ensure protection of the area’s coral reef and other marine life.

“I am grateful to PADI for recognizing us with this honor, and I’m so proud of our team members for their continued world-class excellence in all areas, but particularly in our environmental efforts,” Troubetzkoy said.



Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados



In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.

Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.

For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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Marine Life & Conservation

Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)



Introduced by Jeff Goodman

Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.

A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.

CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.

Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.

During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!

Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.

For more information about the CCMI click here.

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