Sharks are in trouble and need our help – will you help our shark friends?
Sharks are crucial to the marine ecosystems. They maintain a balance in populations of prey species and keep the ocean healthy by removing ill or diseased animals. They are an important resource supporting local economies through fishing and as an attraction to dive tourists.
But sharks are in a global decline. Overfishing has reduced many shark populations around the world to levels that threaten their continued existence. Shark numbers have fallen by more than 80% in many cases, and the continued existence of some species is at immediate risk in some regions.
European sharks are particularly in danger with around one third of the species threatened with extinction, one of the highest levels in the world!
There are many actions needed to address these issues. Shark fisheries management is of primary importance, but trade restrictions and monitoring are also important. The AWARE Shark Conservation Diver course will contribute towards the conservation of sharks by building awareness of the issues and inspiring students to speak up and act to protect sharks.
The goals of the AWARE Shark Conservation Diver course is to inform you of the value of sharks to the marine ecosystems and economies, raise awareness about the causes of declining shark populations, build an understanding of what is missing in current shark fisheries management, dispel misperceptions that may block you and your friends from taking action, and to inspire you to help sharks by taking action.
There are two dives to complete and on these dives you will need to demonstrate that you can identify features of a dive location that may harm sharks and features that have the potential to reduce impacts on sharks. If any local sharks are seen such as Spiney Dogfish, we will observe their natural behaviour and in our post dive debrief, also review environmental factors. Where possible, we will be running these dives around Alum Bay and the Needles where it is possible to see the Spiney Dogfish in its natural environment.
This is a highly informative and fun speciality that really helps to raise awareness about the plight of these magnificient creatures.
Proof of current qualification and experience, (log book and cards), must be provided on day one of the course.
Course Fee £145.00
* Please note, all courses are valid for 12 months from day of purchase.
Site entrance fee: There is a fee for open water dives requiring entry to an inland dive site, payable daily by the student. Any boat costs if relevant, will be agreed prior to the course.
Full SCUBA Equipment is required for the Course. If you need any equipment, you can hire this from Island Divers – just give us a call!