What: small eco dive center; run with safety, the local community and the environment in mind
Responsible dive factor: Blue View Divers have been active in eco/environmental projects both above and below the waters of Phi Phi Island since it opened in 2006. They dive off a traditional handcrafted Thai Longtail Boat and keep dive groups small. They are members of Greenfins Thailand which means they undergo annual assessments of their environmental practices, awareness and participation in coral reef restoration and monitoring. They run several ongoing projects including regular clean ups of the beaches they visit, using reusable containers for their lunches and recycling. For Dive for Earth Day April 2010 they collected over 510 Kilos of rubbish from local beaches and the sea bed.
One of Blue View Divers’ long term projects is to educate more locals about preserving and protecting the coral reef, as well diving there too. Blue View Divers have been running an internship program for over 2 years to allow their Thai staff to go further in the dive industry.
Outside of their own team, they have tried to create opportunities to get other locals in the water as well. For example, Blue View Divers Marine Conservation and Environmental Awareness Collaboration with the BKPP School. Blue View Divers has donated 200 THB for every Open Water Course taught in house towards a fund dedicated to teaching Thai children to dive and educate them in conservation and the marine environment. For every 20 Open Water Courses taught, they are able to give one Thai child an opportunity to learn how to Scuba Dive and educate them about the environment and marine ecosystems. Blue View Divers has also been working in collaboration with the local Tonsai School Headmaster in creating a new curriculum educating the children about marine conservation, the environment and the ecosystem.
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