During the recent DEMA Trade Show, Stream2Sea acknowledged two well-known dive facilities for commitment to the environment and marine awareness. Utila Dive Centre in the Bay Islands and Ocean Encounters Curacao are the inaugural recipients of the Stream2Sea Eco-Conscious Facility Award.
In presenting the awards, Stream2Sea Founder and President Autumn Blum said, “It’s never been more important for dive operations to offer their customers products, guidance and education on how they can enjoy the oceans in a responsible and eco-friendly way. Utila Dive Centre and Ocean Encounters Curacao both have made a commitment to educating their staff members about becoming ‘eco-conscious’ and we are pleased to recognize them for their commitment.”
Blum points out that Utila Dive Centre, led by Andy Phillips and his team, have incorporated eco-friendly elements into their award-winning PADI Instructor Development Center. This includes the need to use products that don’t harm the marine environment and how to properly use such items as environmentally-friendly sunscreen and skin-care products. Utila Dive Centre is routinely recognized by PADI for exceptional training and forward-thinking for the next generation of scuba diving leaders.
Ocean Encounters Curacao has long been an advocate of eco-conscious practices. General Manager Jeremiah Peek has made it a priority with his staff to educate divers about the need to protect the marine environment every day. This allows both the staff and dive visitors an opportunity to actively participate in making a difference every time they enter the water. Peek said that he routinely talks about Stream2Sea as part of the briefings on Coral Restoration Dives and their commitment to the Coral Restoration Foundation efforts.
Stream2Sea, the acknowledged leader in providing products that are safe for marine environments, has placed a major emphasis on educating the scuba diving industry about the effects of toxic chemicals, such as Oxybenzone, on coral reefs and other endangered marine areas. Visit the Stream2Sea website to learn more about the company’s research, educational programs and product lines.