Discover Deep Ecology Day

Anyone reading this blog knows by now that I work for a dive shop in the North shore of Oahu called Deep Ecology.  I work there because I love it.  I love to share my passion for diving with others.  It’s a great place to work that truly embodies the Aloha spirit.    My co-workers are some of the nicest, most patient people I have ever known. 

Did you know that we know less about the ocean and what is beneath it than we do about outer space?  Take a look at this article that talks about deep-sea exploration.  Of course, we dive recreationally.  But through ammature photographers many new species have been discovered and continue to be discovered.  Wouldn’t it be cool to discover and name a new species?  Of course most of us won’t do this but, perhaps just as cool, we see something we haven’t seen before on almost every dive.  I find myself discussing what I saw after every dive, whether it’s something that we don’t see often, a symbiotic relationship I’ve never seen or an entirely new type of life.  I use my reference books often to look up a fish or other creatures.  I have done enough diving now that I can usually narrow it down to the family and look for the specific species in my book. 

This coming saturday Deep Ecology is having “Discover Deep Ecology Day“.  It’s a great opportunity to get out and discover the under sea world.  If you have never been diving, now is the time to try it.  If you are a diver and you would like a guided dive where the staff will keep an eye out for cool stuff while you relax then come on down.  Bring a friend and discover what lies beneath. 

Several things set Deep Ecology apart from other shops in the island.  First and foremost, they believe strongly in preserving our oceans for the generations to come.  Because of this they don’t handle any of the animals or collect anything under water.  We also try to do our part to pick up things that don’t belong when they see them, whether it’s trash or fishing line.  The shop has participated in over 70 sea turtle rescues in different capacities.  Sometimes they simply report the problem and other times they are able to take direct action to help a turtle who may have line or filament tangled around them.  There have even been times where the staff has brought a turtle to the surface for medical care, at the behest of the proper authorities of course.  Deep Ecology has always been a strong advocate for conservation.  The founder of our shop was instrumental in the formation of the Pupukea Marine Conservation District.  After 14 years we can see that the efforts are paying off.  The life has come out in force and each year we see more and more things.  They also run their small boat, Deep Ecology 1, on propane rather than diesel because doing so emits 40% fewer emissions. 

What kept us coming back is the strong sense of community, the knowledgable instructors, small class sizes and friendly shop staff.  It’s that spirit that makes going to work a truly rewarding experience for me.  Everyone really  cares about what is best for each person’s individual needs.  

So, if you have been wanting to try diving now is a great time.  Give the shop a call to reserve your space today!

**this post was not sanctioned by Deep Ecology and the opinions and observations expressed are my own.


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