Make sure your buoyancy skills are well tuned before you go diving in any fragile environment. Coral takes hundreds of years to form and thrive. Fragile sea fans and corals can be destroyed with one kick of a fin. Make sure that your feet are up and that you are always aware of your surroundings and your own placement in the water. Secure gauges, spare regulators, and other dangling equipment to your buoyancy control device (BCD) so that you don’t endanger the environment.
Diving is only part of the environmental awareness, so make sure the resorts or dive centers/charters follow an environmental program before booking with them. Here are some questions you should ask.
- Is the local community working toward sustainable reef practice?
- Are boat anchors being dropped onto reefs, causing damage?
- Are illegal fishing practices going on in the area?