Mermaid dive center Go-Eco Marine Awareness

Go-Eco Dive Center

Go EcoExplore, Conserve, Observe

Exploring nature, traveling to new places and experiencing other cultures is exhilarating. But keeping earth’s treasures pristine for future generations to experience can also be a challenge. If you like to travel and are concerned about your effect on the environment, Go ECO – the responsible way to travel – is for you. By staying informed and making responsible travel choices, you can minimize your effect as a tourist and help preserve natural environments, local economies and native cultures.

The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as, “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and sustains the well-being of local people.” This is important because tourism is the world’s largest industry and is growing rapidly. This is good news for travel operators, but tourism can also hurt the natural ecosystem. Increased numbers of tourists require a larger infrastructure and can lead to serious pollution and degradation.

Project AWARE created the Go ECO campaign to educate tourists about how they can travel responsibly and inspire tour operators to implement best business practices in their local area. By making informed choices, you can support operators committed to environmentally responsible business practices. And, by following a few basic guidelines, you can minimize your effect on the ecosystems while contributing to environmental, economic and cultural conservation. Scuba diving centers and resorts are also committed to environmental best practice. Mermaids Scuba Diving Center Pattaya, Thailand is now one of these such aware dive operators.

Project AWARE’s Environmental Achievement Award winners are tour operators making an exceptional commitment to the aquatic environment. These facilities are awarded for proving their exceptional commitment to sustainable business practices. Project AWARE also recognizes a select group of Eco-Operators who pledge to conduct business according to Eco-Operator guidelines. View the list of these outstanding facilities and support their environmental efforts whenever possible.

As an Eco-tourist you should:

  • Enjoy nature but don’t chase or touch animals.
  • Not remove anything that is part of the natural environment.
  • Urge your guides to act responsibly and tip them for their cooperation.
  • Stay on trails or other designated areas and leave the site cleaner than when you found it.
  • Report environmental damage to authorities and encourage responsible behavior in others.
  • Patronize locally owned businesses, but avoid items made from endangered species, threatened species, coral or tropical hardwoods.
  • Interact with and show respect for local people, their culture and their traditions. Talk with them about environmental issues affecting their area. Visitors respecting a destination are key to ecotourism.
  • Protect threatened fisheries by choosing seafood items caught or harvested from sustainable native fish populations.
  • Practice buoyancy control skills in a pool or sandy area before swimming near a coral reef or any sensitive environment. Make sure your equipment is secured, you’re weighted properly and be careful not to touch, stand on or collect coral.
  • Be an AWARE diver – enroll in a Project AWARE Specialty course to increase your knowledge about the environment and learn sustainable dive practice knowledge.
  • Participate in local conservation activities when available and support established parks and reserves.

As a Go-Eco Operator Mermaids CDC will:

  • Provide dive experiences that enhance visitor awareness, appreciation and understanding of the local aquatic environment.
  • Use recycled products whenever possible.
  • Participate in local conservation efforts and support established parks and reserves.
  • Not sell items made from endangered species, threatened species, corals or tropical hardwoods.
  • Respect local people, culture and traditions while abiding by local laws and regulations.
  • Provide pre-dive briefings on responsible dive practices such as:
    – Proper buoyancy control.
    – Securing equipment and streamlining body position.
    – Maintaining distance from sensitive environments.
    – Not touching or chasing animals.
    – Abiding by all fish and game regulations.
  • Use mooring buoys or drift diving techniques whenever possible to avoid damage to underwater habitat. (hardeep wreck samesan pattaya mooring buoy project).
  • Offer Project AWARE specialty courses that teach customers about ecology and conservation.
  • Practice buoyancy control skills in a pool or sandy area before swimming near a coral reef or any sensitive environment. Make sure your equipment is secured, you’re weighted properly and be careful not to touch, stand on or collect coral.
  • Display environmental public awareness materials and provide community involvement opportunities.
  • Use environmentally sound methods of rubbish disposal.

For further information on Project AWARE pro-activity – check the website

 


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NOW Working at Mermaids!

When we decided to travel to Thailand to do an Internship, everyone said to us you must be crazy!!! Sure with an 8 month old baby, we almost thought the same thing. Choosing the right Dive School was crucial for us to make our new life work and after many ups and downs searching for the right place and at the point of almost giving up our dream we contacted PJ and within hours joined up with Mermaids. Wow, they helped us with everything including finding us a fabulous nanny and a great apartment (all this before we even arrived) We have been here 7 months and are working on our MSDT and IDC Staff.

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Hey everyone, I just want to thank you all for a great 8 months in Pattaya. When I saw the website offering a scuba diving internship in Thailand I was a bit skeptical, but I have to admit it was one of the smartest moves I have made up to this point in my life. When you consider that I had NEVER been diving before coming to Thailand, and now I am a PADI professional, it is unbelievable. The hands on training provided by mermaids staff is second to none. They went out of their way to take the time to make sure I mastered the skills necessary to become not just a competent diver, but to excel and that’s what made it so special. So thanks to all you instructors, Russell, Claus, Manx, Dave...


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This is the second time I have been to Mermaids first was to do the Divemaster course which was very good and now the second which I have just done was OWSI!! All courses a taught to a very hi in the sky standard, the Course Directors, well they are the best around that’s for sure so Hats off to you Russell and Desi!! It’s been a pleasure to be part of Mermaids and I am sure I will be back!!


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After much internet research we contacted Mermaids to inquire about a divemaster internship, we received prompt and informative replies to all our questions, we also stopped by the centre on a quick visit and after seeing the operation and diving with the mermaids staff we were sold! We came to Mermaids initially for 3 months (that was 6 months ago) and after completing our DM course, we decided to stay for open water instructor training. The training at mermaids really is fantastic and having now successfully completed our OWSI training we decided to stay just a little bit longer to become specialty instructors. Not bad considering we only ever intended to be DMs!

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It's been 2 years since I finally completed my OWSI/MSDT training with Mermaids (I was one of those repeat offenders that just kept coming back!!)

Having now worked in the "real world" diving industry I cannot thank the amazing crew at Mermaids enough. I believe that you offer the best diver internship going around.

Several instructors I have worked with since have completed what is billed as "zero to hero" internships yet none of them have come out of their program with the kind of hands on experience and skills that I gained working under the likes of Russell, Desi, Ian B and Slinky and the awesome support staff at Mermaids.


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