Recreation

Why is it that scuba divers and surfers are some of the strongest advocates of ocean conservation? Because they’ve spent time in and around the ocean, and they’ve personally seen the beauty, the fragility, and even the degradation of our planet’s blue heart. —Sylvia Earle

Recreation 

In it, on it or under it, we love the ocean. Our articles are a must read for a diversity of ocean enthusiasts, addressing ocean sustainability and marine conservation issues in ocean recreation.

Although many of us in this community are keen on being sustainable divers, our articles are also for snorkelers, surfers, boaters, beach goers and sailors featuring the latest sustainable practices and responsible ocean sports news.

Citizen Scientists and Voluntourism

The next time you plan a vacation consider making it more meaningful by becoming a Citizen Scientist. As a citizen scientist there is a voluntourism program for you whether its reef restoration, fish counts, whale sightings, water quality surveys, invasive species monitoring or turtle watches and so much more. Find out more on our Citizens and Science Page.

News from the Maritimes, Part 3

News from the Maritimes, Part 3

This is the third in a series of posts by Blue Ocean co-founder Bob Frerck, telling of the experiences of his family's vacation combined with Blue Ocean research traveling through Canada's Atlantic Maritime Provinces -- In News from the Maritimes, Part 3, our family...

Tesla on the Water:  The SoelCat 12 Experience

Tesla on the Water: The SoelCat 12 Experience

The advances made in clean energy over the last several years have been truly inspiring and offer hope that mankind may actually be coming to grips with the challenges of climate change and global warming. (photo - solarwind 3) Wind farms sprout across the landscape...

Green Surf Festival Dedicated to Ocean Sustainability

Green Surf Festival Dedicated to Ocean Sustainability

  The beautiful, coastal resort of Noli, Italy will host the Green Surf Festival from July 14-16. This year's three day event is dedicated to Stand Up Paddle (SUP), surf and sustainability, aiming to inspire festival goers to preserve and protect the ocean...

Diver Saves Puffer Fish

Diver Saves Puffer Fish

Puffer fish are beautiful and amazing. their defensive armor reminds me of a medieval knight or maybe an Ankylosaurs, the armored Dinosaurs that roamed the earth during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. (photo - factspy.net) To avoid becoming lunch, these...

Register Now for DEMA Show 2017

Register Now for DEMA Show 2017

November 1-4, 2017 | Orange County Convention Center  | Orlando, FL TIME'S RUNNING OUT: EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS TOMORROW! WHY ATTEND?  DEMA Show 2017 is the only international trade-only event celebrating the diving, action watersports and travel industries....

2 Minutes in Sherman’s Lagoon –   Jim Toomey

2 Minutes in Sherman’s Lagoon – Jim Toomey

 “Saint Peter said something to the effect of, “We’re getting an awful lot of sharks up here what’s going on down there?” And he said, “Well they’re killing all the sharks on planet Earth.” So Saint Peter sent him back down to earth and said, “You’re not ready to die...

Surfing Rides the Waves of Sustainability

Surfing Rides the Waves of Sustainability

Surfers are becoming stoked Ocean Activists. According to Surfrider Foundation, over the last decade more than 1 million surfers have shed their “whatever, dude” attitude to help protect and preserve the ocean's natural beauty. International Surfing Day is celebrated...

Summit 2014: Travelling Towards Sustainability

Summit 2014: Travelling Towards Sustainability

Our theme brings together four speakers with over a hundred years of experience in the dive community. As owners of dive travel companies or as marine scientists they have observed the disturbing directions that our ocean environment is taking. They realize the...

A Guide to Best Practices for Shark and Ray Tourism

A Guide to Best Practices for Shark and Ray Tourism

With one in four species of shark and ray threatened with extinction the World Wildlife Fund and the Manta Trust thru Project Aware has made available a Guide to Best Practices for Shark and Ray Tourism. The goal is to give you a set of guidelines enabling you to make...

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