The three-module course, developed with the support of training agency PSS, covers techniques such as how to provide an effective pre-dive environmental briefing and how to stop customers, including underwater photographers, touching coral while diving. Participants have to pass a short test at the end of each module to complete the programme.
An optional personalised electronic certificate that can be displayed to help attract eco-minded customers and give divers confidence in the dive-centre’s standards is also offered, but in return for a £19 donation to Green Fins.
The course can also be added to a Divemaster training programme, says the Reef-World Foundation.
“Many divers now expect, and demand, environmentally aware guides, so being a positive role model in this way not only protects the underwater environment but can also result in better employability and more tips!” says Chloe Harvey, the foundation's Director.
Dive professionals can sign up for the Green Fins Dive Guide e-Course here .