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New International Standards aim to reduce negative impacts of recreational diving

New International Standards aim to reduce negative impacts of recreational diving
September 9, 2019

With the aim to keep waters clean, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published the first International Standards for sustainable diving.

Mindful that recreational diving offers the opportunity to explore a whole new world rich in underwater treasures, but that it also has an impact on the environment, the new International Standards for sustainable diving aim to reduce negative impacts from the activity.

In a statement, the ISO advise “diving is attractive for many reasons and it is no wonder that millions of people enjoy exploring life beneath water each year. The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the biggest training agency for divers, has issued some 27 million diver certifications since 1967, and the trend is not waning.

“This inevitably has an impact on aquatic life, putting an onus on the diving community to see how the underwater environment is fairing - and how they are impacting it. Now two new International Standards have just been published, designed to increase diver environmental awareness and reduce negative impacts.”

ISO 21416, Recreational diving services - Requirements and guidance on environmentally sustainable practices in recreational diving, provides information on how the diving community can optimize their ability to observe the condition of the aquatic environment and undertake activities to improve it.

ISO 21417, Recreational diving services - Requirements for training on environmental awareness for recreational divers, provides guidance for training programs aimed at educating divers in environmental awareness and sustainable practices in recreational diving activities. This covers both theory and practical sessions.

Manuel Otero, Chair of the ISO technical committee (TC) responsible for the standards said divers see what we above water cannot see, and therefore have an eye on the environmental condition of aquatic life, commenting “they also have a responsibility to be aware of their impact on it.

“These two standards give guidance and practical examples of best practice, such as those related to operating boats or interacting with aquatic life, which will benefit everyone. After all, tourists are more likely to return to waters that are clean and intact, rather than those that have suffered from poor environmental practices.”

Martin Denison, Convenor of the TC’s working group that developed the standards, said they will benefit not only divers, diving instructors, centres and clubs, but tour operators offering diving holidays, diving boat operators and governments and any other organisations looking for information on diving and the aquatic environment.

Denison added “they also contribute directly to the UN Sustainable Development Goal, SDG 14, which is about the sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources.”

ISO 21416 and ISO 21417 were developed by ISO technical committee ISO/TC 228, Tourism and related services, the secretariat for which is held jointly by UNE, ISO’s member for Spain, and INNORPI, ISO’s member for Tunisia.

Image courtesy of Qantas Holidays.

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