With a free program, training agency SSI is raising awareness of how to protect our ocean. “We have created a well-researched, holistic program that is available to any diver. This program teaches readers about issues facing our ocean, and how even their individual contributions can help”, says Guido Waetzig, CEO, SSI International GmbH.
Lack of training, carelessness, negligence, and ignorance by humans can cause great damage to the oceans. With the free Mission Deep Blue program, SSI explains the importance of protecting the oceans, and how anybody can easily contribute to this cause in their day-to-day life. “We must start with ourselves to make things better. We must be role models and pass along our commitment to others. We must open the eyes of our families, friends, and acquaintances and encourage them to become “marine ambassadors“ as well. Education and training are the first steps”, says Guido Waetzig.
With Mission Deep Blue, SSI encourages its training centers and their customers to think environmental challenges, and to take positive actions that benefit the environment. The program will launch with three main topics, and more will be regularly added to keep customers informed and engaged. The first three topics are: Coral Reef Loss, Ocean Plastic and Shark Finning.
Accompanying the online program, a new SSI Training Center status is being introduced: Mission Deep Blue Center. To receive the status of a Mission Deep Blue Center, a number of requirements must be met as outlined in the Mission Deep Blue Dive Center Handbook. This handbook focuses on running an environmentally-friendly operation and describes how the training center can involve their entire team and customers in this cause.
For more information on Mission Deep Blue, and to register for the program, visit www.missiondeepblue.com.
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