DIVING CODE OF CONDUCT

 

The Underwater micro-environment in Bali represents a unique and very precious marine asset. To keep Bali’s waters sports industry sustainable, Bali Discovery Diving, in collaboration with the local communities in each dive area, have adopted a code of safe practice and conservation practice.

All participants in our diving programs are asked to carefully read the following guidelines. Safe diving and environmental conservation is a shared concern and a shared responsibility. Help us to protect the marine habitat and the creatures who live there.

Your suggestions on what we can do to preserve and protect this precious environment are actively sought and highly appreciated.

Safety First

Bali Discovery Diving operates programs with certified and insured dive operators who adhere to eco-diving standards and carry required safety and communications equipment. We recommend that those seeking an underwater sports experience during their Bali holiday use only operators conforming to “best practice” methods in the conduct of ther programs.

• When diving, al insist boat operators use established boat exit and entry channels.

• Beware of the danger of deep driving propeller shafts from local boats while diving and snorkeling in shallow waters. Again, demand your boat operators and guide use established boating channels.

• Surface slowly in areas well away from boat channels. Look and listen prior to final ascent. If in any doubt, deploy a surface position indicating beacon prior to final ascent.

• Always follow the directions of your dive guide.

For the safety and protection of Bali’s marine life

• Use environmentally sensitive entry and exit techniques.

• Maintain proper buoyancy control.

• Practice good finning technique and body control. Studies indicate that fin strikes are a major source of damage to delicate reef structures. Carefully select touch down areas for prolonged underwater observation. A neutrally buoyant diver causes less destructive turbulence than a diver using multiple fin strikes.

• Ensure all dive equipment is well- secured. Do not drag gear that can cause damage to the reef.

• Fin strikes are destructive. Please avoid contact with bottom and marine life .

• Photographers should minimize contact with the bottom, selecting “shooting” locations carefully.

• Do not move or turn over rocks

• Do not handle, manipulate or feed marine life

• Do not collect anything natural, living or non living endemic items from the sea.

• Leave the ocean better than you found it. When removing any non-biodegradable objects such as recent garbage thrown into the seas, be careful that removal will not create more habitat damage than leaving the object undisturbed.

• If you see any divers acting in an environmentally irresponsible manner please try to identify the diver and operator and advise your operator. We will attempt to counsel those involved on behalf on behalf of local stakeholders.

• When on shore do not purchase souvenirs made from coral, shells or turtle shell.

• Ask your favorite Chinese restaurant NOT to serve dishes made with shark’s fin products.

• When staying at a seaside resort, or hotel ask the management how they dispose of waste water and sewage. Accommodation operators need to know ifts “good business” to protect the environment. Let them know the environment matters to you so it will also matter to them!

• Leave only bubbles; take away only memories.

 

 

Bali Discovery Tours
Komplek Pertokoan Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: ++62 361 286 283
Fax: ++62 361 286 284
24h: ++62 812 3819724
info@balidiscovery.com