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Sound offer: free marine eco-training

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Sound Diving in Plymouth is offering free SSI Marine Ecology courses, with the aim of boosting interest in local marine-conservation initiatives.

The online course, which usually costs £150, is available to both divers and non-divers of any age, with a version dedicated to children.

Candidates are asked to follow the instructions on Sound Diving’s Facebook event page, study the course materials, attend a Zoom lecture and pass a final examination to receive the qualification.

Established in 1985, Sound Diving describes itself as a family-run and family-friendly dive centre that has worked around the world. “Over the past twelve months, it’s become clear just how much we need to be doing to look after our planet,” said owner Debbie Metcalfe.

“We’re fortunate to be able to support people of all ages and backgrounds to learn about such an important and interesting topic, and hopefully to build a community of marine conservationists who can really make a difference by working together.

“With global warming on the rise, learning about the underwater world is increasingly important. The ocean plays an essential role in helping to dampen climate change by sucking up much of the heat and excess carbon, but it has a tipping point.

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“Doing this has a huge effect on sea temperature, currents, and levels – all of which have consequences for the creatures and ecosystems that inhabit the underwater world.”

Dates for the Zoom lectures are scheduled through February and March.

Get information on the free course and conservation efforts generally here or find @SoundDivingPlymouth on Facebook. Divers can also check with their local SSI-affiliated dive centres to see whether they are offering similar training schemes.