Alasdair Coyle-Gilchrist (Al) is a dive instructor who has managed the diving on volunteer conservation projects all over the world. He took the time to talk to the dive hub about his experiences, responsible diving and top tips for choosing volunteer projects.
Al (bottom right) with BV volunteers in Madagascar
How long you have . . . → Read More: The scuba instructor helping to save reefs all over the world
I have just added to a new page about diving and water use to the dive hub, under Essentials: Above Water tab. Water is an incredibly precious and important resource for the diving and tourism industry, and for local communities, and yet we often take it completely for granted. Frequently, tourism places severe pressure on . . . → Read More: Diving and Water Use
At this morning’s ceremony hosted at World Travel Market (WTM), ExCel, London, the Awards were handed out by Justin Francis, Managing Director of responsibletravel.com, organisers and founders of the Awards, and Amanda Wills, Managing Director of Virgin Holidays, headline sponsor of the Awards. The awards are part of World Responsible Tourism Day.
And the winners are …drum . . . → Read More: Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2010 and the winners are….
My first blog post for Travel with a Mate went live today, its about volunteer diving and gives my five suggestions of some great volunteer dive organisations to check out when embarking on your research into volunteer dive trips. (As I say in the blog, different types of projects suit different types of people, and the project . . . → Read More: Travel with a Mate Blog: Best Volunteer Dive Organisations
What: Euro-Divers runs dive centres in Maldives, Egypt, Thailand, Indonesia, Spain and Oman
Where: Global (see above)
Responsible Dive Factor: Euro-Divers offer a professional set up with experienced and knowledgeable staff. Part of this experience and knowledge is reflected in their approach to environmental issues. For example, they offer a complimentary “orientation dive” to guests, where regulations . . . → Read More: Case Study: Euro-Divers Worldwide
What: ‘Specialists in the exploration of wilderness and wildlife where the land meets water’
Where: a wide range of destinations for diving including Seychelles, Galapagos, Borneo, Artic, Antartic and Belize
Responsible dive factor: Aqua Firma run a ‘Matching Conservation programme’ for many of their trips which means they will match up to £25 that guests donate per booking to . . . → Read More: Case Study: Aqua Firma – Water, Wilderness, Wildlife