Green Divers for Blue Oceans®

SCUBA divers and freedivers are intimately aware of the oceans and the life within it.

Green Divers for Blue Oceans® was born out of the passion our board members all share for SCUBA diving. Divers are lucky enough to see the ocean in ways many people do not, and can be highly attuned to subtle changes in ocean health. Since divers are so connected to the ocean, COARE believes they can and should use their experiences to promote conservation.

Green Divers for Blue Oceans® encourages best practices for conservation among divers and the diving industry. It provides divers with materials and messaging to spread to new people and businesses, and encourages them to practice and promote environmental responsibility in their diving. The current recommendations for best practices are constantly revised, improved, and expanded.

COARE meets with dive groups and clubs in the local SF Bay area to discuss how divers can be ambassadors for ocean conservation. Future program goals include hosting 'underwater clean up' days, carrying the popular 'beach clean up' activity into new territory!

Green Divers for Blue Oceans® helped inspire and is affiliated with Blue the Dive, a group of non-profits united with dive shops, manufacturers, and industry groups to focus on sustainability and conservation in the industry. COARE actively promotes their mission, and consults with them to support their programs.

What you can do to help

  • When diving, seek non-threatening interactions with sharks and other animals. Your tourist dollars help affirm to the local economy the value of living creatures.
  • Don't touch marine wildlife or coral, and be careful not to kick up the bottom or disturb habitats.