Waiheke Dive & Snorkel opened in December 2017, and right from inception we always wanted to become a positive part of Waiheke's community and engage with conservation on a local and international level.
We design everything we do to be as environmentally friendly as possible, from being a 100% AWARE Project AWARE store, right through to not using tape to mark filled cylinders - our environmental impact informs every decision we make!
As part of our commitment to this, here you'll find details of our ongoing conservation actions.
If you have any cool ideas that you think would benefit the island and fit with our ethos, then please do get in touch!
Waiheke Marine Project
Waiheke Dive & Snorkel, and its co-owner Adam, are active participants in the Waiheke Marine Project.
This is a collaborative community & Iwi lead project, which aims to protect and regenerate Waiheke Island's marine environment through action based kaitiakitanga (guardianship)
This platform aims to give a voice to all areas of the community, from fishers to conservationists, with the aim of creating a truly collaborative future that works for our island community.
For more info, visit their website - https://waihekecollective.org/marinehome
Waiheke Dive & Snorkel is a partner with the "Kelp Gardeners" project here on Waiheke Island.
Tikapa Moana / The Hauraki Gulf and has started to see environmental change in the form of Kina Barrens. These barrens are formed when the natural predators of Kina (Snapper and Crayfish) are overfished to a level that they are no longer able to 'control' the kina population and maintain a natural balance. This explosion in Kina populations causes them to eat large amounts of the kelp, stripping rocks bare and decimating habitats for other marine species. In addition, it's not good for the Kina themselves, as their food source is then stretched very thin.
The Kelp Gardeners project is funded by G.I.F.T and aims to study the effects of regeneration in areas of coastline that are 'gardened' by volunteer divers and snorkellers.
Project AWARE dive against debris (clean up dives)
| We run regular clean up dives (ProjectAWARE Dive Against Debris) all around Waiheke's coastline, ensuring that we help to keep our oceans and beaches clean! These awesome events are completely FREE to attend, and are just as suitable for non divers / snorkellers as they are for certified divers.
We have removed substantial amounts of plastic, glass, fishing line, nets and heaps of other marine waste in the couple of months we have been open. We also pay the disposal costs of this marine waste at the Waiheke Island Transfer Staton.
100% AWARE store status
|Waiheke Dive & Snorkel is a "100% AWARE" PADI dive store. This commitment means that we support a clean and healthy ocean by making a donation to Project AWARE with every certification we issue. These funds are then able to be used directly for ongoing conservation efforts. As a bonus you get a cool limited edition version of your certification card to show you help protect our oceans but choosing to learn with us!|
PADI Green Star Award
We were absolutely stoked to be awarded the PADI Green Star award!
In the words of PADI - "The PADI Green Star™ Dive Centre Award is granted to PADI Dive Centres and Resorts that demonstrate a dedication to conservation across a wide range of business functions, including water conservation, energy use, environmentally friendly transportation practices, use of sustainable materials, conservation leadership and a donation to conservation through Project AWARE. The Green Star Award identifies dive businesses that care about the environment and are acting to protect it."
Adopt a Dive Site
We officially 'adopted' Enclosure Bay, Waiheke.
Seated within Project AWARE’s flagship citizen-science program, Dive Against Debris®, Adopt a Dive Site is tailored to our most dedicated dive leaders: participants commit to carry out monthly Dive Against Debris surveys, reporting types and quantities of marine debris found underwater each month from the same location.