Published: 29th January 2014
Following a local ordinance, all dive guides must attend the seminar in order to be licensed to guide in the Municipal waters of Moalboal. On 27 Dec 2013, Green Fins coordinators in Moalboal were invited to participate in the very first dive guide accreditation seminar.
Dive guides were orientated to local environmental laws and updated on the latest developments of coastal resource management activities. Following that, a representative from Reef-World, the international coordinators of Green Fins, held a discussion on environmental standards in the diving industry, encouraging environmental content in dive briefings and correction of damaging diver behaviour.
The event culminated with a workshop where volunteer Green Fins assessors worked with dive guides using the Green Fins ICONS to inject environmental content into their standard pre-dive briefings. Many of the dive guides in Moalboal are extremely passionate about coral reef protection, and they gave some very animated briefings!
The seminar has opened up a communication path between the local government unit and the diving industry, where issues can be shared on a neutral platform and solutions can be formed through mutual input. The seminars are due to run throughout the year, and we look forward to seeing the future successes of this process.