We like to have fun. We like to “Do Good”. We absolutely love to Have Fun and Do Good! It is important to us to not just say this, but to live by this philosophy. From our personal lives to the way we operate our business, our Blue Water Diver team is dedicated to making a difference in a positive way.
Our Have Fun Do Good philosophy has made a significant impact on the way we run our business and conservation is one of the defining aspects of our company. We want our guests to have a safe and enjoyable (fun!) experience and to enjoy the unique vortex that is Grand Turk (both above and below the surface). We hope you are looking forward to experiencing our amazing “wall” as well as enjoying our relaxed and convenient diving, our secluded beaches and our beautiful water. We want our guests to have a memorable vacation. And if our guests are so inclined, they can “Do Good” while they are on our special island as well.
Our day to day business (7 days a week, 365 days a year) is diving and snorkeling: providing full service diving and snorkeling trips, as well as teaching dive courses – an introduction to diving through open water certifications and advanced PADI certification levels, including a variety of specialty courses. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t make a difference to the environment and our community while we are taking care of our customers. In fact, it is something we thoroughly enjoy!
All of our trips benefit from our small group policy. Smaller groups are less likely to bang into each other, thrash about, and generally bump into (and damage) the coral. This is especially true on night dives. Smaller groups are also able to receive more focused instruction and supervision from the dive master, which makes for a much safer and more personal experience.
We also actively support organizations and activities that are focused on doing good things for the environment and/or the community such as:
You can click on the links above to learn more about any of these organizations. If you would like a few ideas for getting involved and having a positive impact, check out our Environmental Responsibility page, our Be The Difference page and our More Fun More Good page for some suggestions.
Department of Environment and Maritime AffairsThe beautiful lionfish is a species native to the Indo-Pacific. Scientists don’t know exactly how they first came to be in the Atlantic, but there are a few theories, and the most common theories all involve human interaction. Because the lionfish has no natural predators here in the Tropical Atlantic and are able to reproduce so fast (2 million eggs per female per year!), they are a huge threat to the local fish population. There has been a reduction in both native fish population and the health of the reef in areas where these invasive fish have been spotted.
For that reason, people are calling it the lionfish invasion! To protect the reef and our native fish from this intruder, our dive instructors bring Hawaiian slings (spears) on some guided dives. They have specifically been issued licenses to carry these spears in the protected marine park in order to help cull this invasive species. Please point out any lionfish you see on a dive to your guide so that he/she can remove it.
Every year Blue Water Divers organizes a few different litter cleanups. These events have always had a great turnout from both locals and visiting guests. In the past we have targeted different areas such as down south near the cruise ship terminal, on the east side (windward), in town, and up north by a small public park. We try to conduct cleanups at the beaches and in the water, as well as further inland. Litter Cleanups are of great importance to us because they are such an easy and fun way to raise awareness about WHY we can’t just leave our garbage anywhere and WHY it is important to recycle wherever possible. After each cleanup is done, we generally end the day celebrating with a few drinks and more than a few laughs.
Did you know that almost all fresh water on Grand Turk is from saved rain water? When you are here, just ask your hotel manager or bartender and they will show you where a cistern is. Since Grand Turk averages only 22 inches of rain annually, water is often a scarce and valuable commodity, especially in the summer when it doesn’t rain very often. For that reason we conserve as much water as possible.
Unfortunately, Grand Turk gets its electricity from diesel generators. While Blue Water Divers would like to take advantage of energy generated by renewable sources, the technology is not yet readily available here (although there are efforts underway on the solar front). We try to reduce the amount of electricity we use as much as possible by keeping our lights on only when we need to and unplugging any unused appliances.