“Not everyone can live their passion, but if you do what you love, the rest will follow.” ~ Amy Slate
The Amoray Dive Resort on Key Largo is a testament to Amy Slate’s passion for marine conservation. Amoray received the first Blue Star designation given by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary for marine conservation education to over 6,000 scuba divers. Amy Slate shows us how even on the busiest reef in the world dive operators can step into sustainable practices.
Growing up in Miami, Amy was always at the beach with her family swimming in the ocean. Amy loved watching Flipper, the dolphin show and the Jacques-Yves Cousteau documentaries on TV. She became captivated with the Marine World on a trip to the keys when Amy was about 6 years old and swam with Flipper. According to Amy, she got out of the water and told her parents that this underwater animal world was where she wanted to live and this began her love affair with the sea.
In 1993, Amy founded Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Resort in Key Largo, Florida, which was the culmination of years of careful research and from her experiences traveling to dive destinations around the world. Her ultimate goal was to develop a perfect Dive Boat and Dive Resort. Since its establishment, Amoray has been a PADI 5 Star Resort, having served over 60,000 divers in its stellar history. Amy and her instructor staff impart a deep environmental message of sustainability in each of her alumni.
Become a Citizen Scientist
Amy is actively involved with Reef Environmental and Educational Foundation “I was on the board of REEF for a number of years and it’s very dear to my heart. They really do a great service for us and they do a lot around the world, like the Grouper Moon Project that protects the Grouper spawning areas in the Caribbean.” Amy is also on the board of the Coral Restoration Foundation where scuba divers are invited to become active citizen scientists and help with coral restoration, “They have a day of class where they’re actually in the classroom and learning how the process works. Then we take them out to the coral nursery and they have a chance to see first hand how these corals are growing…they become repeat customers because they want to come back and see how the corals are growing.” If that is not enough, Amy is also involved with the Everglades National Park, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. In March 2015 Amy was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame.
Amy considers herself blessed that her life’s work has been involved with providing a comfortable, safe dive boat and resort for divers of all ages. She has done her best to ensure an environment conducive to the pedagogy and wisdom of the underwater world and all its precious creatures. She hopes that her teachings will educate and instill not only an appreciation of our oceans, but also an inherent desire to protect and save the ocean for future generations.
If you would like to find out how to run a successful and sustainable dive resort see all of Amy Slate’s Interview at the Blue Ocean Summit 2015: Amy Slate. You can visit Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Resort discover more about Reef, and find out if you would like to take part in restoring a coral reef on your next vacation by visiting the Coral Restoration Foundation.
Amy Slate talked about creating dive resorts as tools for marine conservation and in creating programs that engage thousands of divers in her environmental messages. For more on how you can create your own environmental programs visit Holly Lohuis, a marine educator, as she describes working with Jean-Michel Cousteau to create environmental programs for Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, see Holly’s article at: Ocean Profiles: Holly Lohuis.