Conservation & Regeneration Actions

We often joke that our business is a ‘front’ for the conservation and community work we do.

This is the first thing we think of when operating our business, driven by our care for the moana / ocean. Every single purchase or booking that our customers make allows us too keep doing this mahi / work.

We choose environmentally friendly methods of cleaning equipment, we run regular ‘clean up dives’, we provide conservation education to the island's rangatahi / youth and the wider community. 

We were awarded Qualmark GOLD status at our first ever assessment, we are a PADI Green Star awarded business and we are a 100% AWARE store, so every single course booking results in a donation directly to ocean protection.

If you have any cool ideas that you think would benefit the island and fit with our ethos, then please do get in touch!

Kōura / Crayfish Survey - June 2021

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Waiheke Marine Project

Waiheke Dive & Snorkel 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. 

Kelp Gardeners

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. 

Visit their facebook page for more info and to take part!  

PADI AWARE CLEAN UP DIVEs

We run regular clean up dives all around Waiheke's coastline, ensuring that we help to keep our oceans and beaches clean! These awesome events 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.

All of this is then logged with Project AWARE so that the data can be used in the future. Click here to learn more.

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

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."

Project aware 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.