Snorkelling and diving with care for the environment and others:
- Dive carefully and respect all underwater life. Let knowledge be your guide. Find out about the species you are looking at and respect them in their home.
- Look but don’t touch! Handling will often create unnecessary stress to organisms.
- Resist the urge to collect souvenirs or trophies.
- Be aware of, and adhere to, fish and shellfish limits and protected species.
- If there are any birds in sight, keep well clear and continue past them.
- Never feed birds or marine life.
- Control buoyancy and be aware of yourself and your equipment, especially fins.
- Practise basic snorkelling and diving techniques in environments which are not likely to be adversely affected by fins, bodies or equipment impacting on marine plants or animals. Sandy areas or areas of bare rock are much more suitable for beginners than reefs with extensive algal/invertebrate cover.
- Keep fins and equipment like cameras, torches, hoses and regulators well trimmed and away from dragging on benthic (bottom dwelling) animals and plants.
- Be aware and mindful of other coastal and marine users and make efforts to minimise disturbance to other users.
- Avoid trampling of plants (including seaweeds and dune plants) and animals while accessing the water for snorkelling and diving.
- Keep snorkelling and diving equipment clean to minimise the spread of pest plants or animals Support vessels used for snorkelling and diving should be inspected after use (especially if left in the water for extended periods) and any attached animals and plants should be removed. Water should be drained from craft and the vessel washed in freshwater and dried thoroughly before transport to a new area.
Scuba divers should:
- Ensure that all gear is well trimmed to avoid entanglement of objects.
- Maintain good buoyancy control to avoid collisions with biota.
- Undertake activities that have no impact such as observation and photography
10 tips for divers to protect the ocean plant - Project Aware