Since our first season, we have been involved with the Shark Guardian charity. Set up by PADI Course Director Brendan Sing, and his wife, PADI Instructor Liz Ward-Sing in 2009, their objectives are:
– To advance the education of the public in shark species worldwide, enhancing knowledge, skills and understanding that can be applied to protecting the natural environment
– To advance for the public benefit the conservation of shark species worldwide, through education, conservation, promoting research and projects, seeking to achieve their sustainable management
Brendan and Liz travel all over the world with their presentation, which seeks to educate participants about the importance of sharks to the marine eco-system. They reach out to around 20,000 people each year with their message of shark conservation – an amazing feat. They do a lot of work within schools, particularly around South East Asia, which is very important in educating the next generation about shark issues, especially shark fin soup.
Hidden Depths Diving was proud to be the first Shark Guardian Dive Centre in 2012. and we sell merchandise in our dive centre and beach shop to help raise funds for the charity.
Our Divemaster trainees write a blog for the Shark of the Month page, which helps them understand how important sharks are to the marine eco-system and through the Shark Guardian website, reaches a wide audience.