Certification Fees Provided for Financially Insecure Dive Guides
The Reef-World Foundation has extended its Green Fins Dive Guide Scholarship and is calling on more dive guides to apply. The scholarship covers the cost of Green Fins certification for dive guides who are unable to afford the fees themselves.
The Green Fins Dive Guide e-Course teaches dive professionals how to prevent diving-related damage to coral reefs by following the highest environmental standards and better managing their guests' actions underwater. The course is free to take, but there is a £19 ($25) fee to download a personalised certificate for display.
The scholarship, which was originally launched in November 2019, was created in response to dive guides who were keen to display their environmental credentials but were unable to afford the certificate. Funding is provided in part by underwater action camera specialists Paralenz, which will cover the cost of Green Fins certifications for 149 more scuba diving guides.
To be considered for the scholarship, guides must first have completed and passed all modules of the Green Fins Dive Guide e-Course; be able to demonstrate they or their employer are not financially able to purchase the certificate and be a national of a country which receives official development assistance from the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Dive guides who meet the criteria (outlined below) can apply for the scholarship at any time through the Green Fins website.
'We’re proud to be offering dive guides around the world the opportunity to become Green Fins certified; no matter their background,' said Sam Craven, Programmes Manager at The Reef-World Foundation. 'Both the e-Course and the Scholarship have been a great success so far and we’re delighted to see so many dive professionals demonstrating their commitment to sustainable tourism by taking the course. We urge dive guides who haven’t yet taken the course to consider taking this step and welcome scholarship applications from anyone who meets the criteria.'
Kaan Atalay, a Green Fins Dive Guide e-Course scholar from Turkey said: 'This course has proved to me how some very basic behaviours can be effective on our divers and also marine life too. That's why the Green Fins Code of Conduct matters so much. As these basic habits and behaviours spread around the world, it would be easier to conserve corals, marine life and our oceans.'
Dive guides who want to be considered for scholarship can visit www.greenfins.net/green-fins-dive-guide-scholarship-applications to apply. Divers who would like to donate to the Green Fins Dive Guide Scholarship Fund, can do so at www.greenfins.net/appeal/sponsor-a-dive-guide.