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Green Fins

Reduce the global environmental footprint of the dive industry, ensuring dive industry sustainability. 

What is Green Fins?

Green Fins is a Reef-World Foundation initiative that protects and conserves coral reefs through environmental guidelines that promote a sustainable diving and snorkeling industry.

In partnership with the UN Environment Program, Reef-World drives sustainable behaviors for environmental protection by providing low-cost and practical solutions to local and industry-wide environmental challenges associated with marine tourism. It offers education and capacity-building assistance to empower environmental champions to implement proven coastal resource management approaches.

Since 2018, PADI has worked in partnership with The Reef World Foundation to realize the potential of our community as an example of how a global industry can successfully support people, planet and profit.

Our shared vision is to make sustainable diving and snorkeling the social norm, thereby improving the health of coral reefs across the global ocean. 

 

 

16 Years of Protection

600+ Dive Centers

20% Average Sustainability Improvement

Our Strategy

Reduce the global environmental footprint of the dive industry, ensuring dive industry sustainability. 

Key Actions  (1) Encourage PADI operators to adopt the Green Fins Code of Conduct  (2) Raise industry-wide behavioral norms so that environmental standards are as important and respected as safety standards
 

Brief
Local Action
Green Fins Standards

PADI’s dive centers, resorts and professionals adopting and educating divers on Green Fins standards

Corel
Global Impact
Sustainable Marine Tourism

A global dive industry that takes environmental standards as seriously as safety standards.

Raise Your Standards

Your example will influence those around you, paving the way for a future where humanity lives in balance with the ocean. 

 
What does it mean for a dive operator to be Green Fins certified?

Green Fins members are dive or snorkel operators who agree to follow the Green Fins Code of Conduct, are based in an active Green Fins location and have signed the membership form. Members receive annual assessments, training and feedback to help them improve their environmental sustainability.

 
Which countries offer Green Fins membership and how do I become a member?

An active Green Fins country is a destination whose Government has adopted the programme, and has trained Green Fins assessors who are qualified to recruit, train and conduct assessments of dive and snorkel operators in that country. These are:

Dive and snorkel centers operating in active Green Fins locations can become members by signing (and sending in) the membership form and pledging to follow the Green Fins Code of Conduct. One of the Green Fins team will then be in touch to organize your first assessment.

 
What if Green Fins is not available in my country?

Dive and snorkel centres who aren’t in an active Green Fins location can still get involved by 

  • Starting to reduce their environmental impact by visiting the Downloads section of the Green Fins website where all materials are completely free to download and use. Just print them out and start promoting them to dive managers, guides and customers.
  • Signing the membership form and sending it to [email protected] to register your interest in membership. You will then be contacted if Green Fins becomes active in your destination. 
  • Following Green Fins on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for the latest updates and news on sustainable diving.
 
Where can I download free Green Fins posters and materials?

Visit the Downloads section of the Green Fins website where all materials are completely free to download and use. Just print them out and start promoting them to dive managers, guides and customers.

 
Are Green Fins posters and materials available in multiple languages?

Yes! Green Fins materials are available in a variety of languages, and we are working together to continually increase the languages and materials available. If you can't find a material you would like in your languages, please get in touch on [email protected] and we will do our best to help you. 

 
What is the Green Fins Dive Guide E-Course?

The Green Fins Dive Guide e-Course is the only course which teaches dive professionals how to prevent diving-related damage to coral reefs by following the highest environmental standards, as set out by the Green Fins initiative. Learn more here: https://greenfins.net/green-fins-dive-guide/

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