SDI, TDI supports Ships to Reefs International… it’s simply good business

 Like us, you probably enjoy diving in and around wrecks. They make spectacular dive sites and wreck diving one of the better ways to keep our divers — new and old — engaged and diving. How could we not support an international organization that works with the industry to turn old ships into brand new artificial reefs?

For the record, we will be bringing more news about Ships to Reefs International to our members and associate members in the coming months but for the record, here is the official release from Ships to Reefs talking about what they have planned for DEMA. If need more information about how to join SDI, TDI in their supporting role, drop by booth 149 at the show and talk with SDI, TDI staff.


Ships to Reefs International (S2RI) announces it will exhibit at DEMA Show 2008, October 22-25, 2008, in Las Vegas, Nevada – Booth #4837.   Ships to Reefs International will host ships-to-reefs professionals from around the world.  Each professional will make short presentations about their project(s) and be available to discuss how ships to reefs is an economic benefit to the dive industry.  In addition, these professionals will share, free of charge, their ships-to-reefs “how-to” information with anyone who asks for it at the booth.

Some of the groups who will be participating in the Ships to Reefs International booth #4837 exhibit are:  The Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia; Canadian Artificial Reef Consulting;  California Ships to Reefs;  Washington Ships 2 Reefs (Washington Scuba Alliance);  various other state programs (Delaware, Florida, Texas).

The Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia (ARSBC) is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  Their mission is to create environmentally- and economically-sustainable artificial reefs in British Columbia and around the world for the enjoyment of Scuba Divers and for the protection of environmentally- and historically-sensitive marine habitats.  Since 1991, the ARSBC has sunk 6 ships and one Boeing 737 in British Columbia.  In addition, they were instrumental in the preparation and sinking of the HMCS Yukon in San Diego, California.

Canadian Artificial Reef Consulting, headquartered in North Vancouver, British Columbia, is a team of experts in artificial reef procurement, recycling, safety, placement and permitting.  They have been involved in many artificial reef projects in British Columbia and other Canadian provinces, Australia, New Zealand, and were also part of the HMCS Yukon project.

California Ships to Reefs (CS2R), Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Public Benefit Corporation formed to make the Golden State a world-class diving destination utilizing environmentally cleaned vessels from sources such as the military, private sector and fishing industry.

The Washington Scuba Alliance (WSA) is committed to working with officials of State, County, City, and Local Departments, and volunteer divers to establish a series of underwater parks that divers and snorkelers may enjoy.  WSA strives to create a unified group of divers such as dive clubs, dive stores, and charter operators who work together on reefing projects.

Presentations from Delaware, Florida and Texas programs will be available in the Ships to Reefs International booth.

World renowned professionals from this group will make presentations in the Ships to Reefs International booth and include Howard Robins, President of the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia; Jay Straith, President of Canadian Artificial Reef Consulting;  Roy Gabriel, Vice President-Sinking Operations of Canadian Artificial Reef Consulting; Wes Roots, Vice President – Ship Operations of Canadian Artificial Reef Consulting; Dick Long, Chief Advisor of California Ships to Reefs, Inc.

Howard Robins and Jay Straith will present three seminars which are free to everyone attending DEMA Show 2008.  A synopsis of these seminars is shown below: 

October 23, 2008 from 10-11am which is free to all attendees and exhibitors.   The title of this seminar is “Ships to Reefs:  Going Global with Ships to Reefs”.

The movement in the diving industry and global tourism towards Ships to Reefs is not just a North American event.  This program has spread to South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.  Howie Robins, President of the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia, will take you through the history of this concept and talk about how you can get Ships to Reefs and improve diving tourism in your area.

October 24, 2008 from 10-11am which is free to all attendees and exhibitors.   The title of this seminar is “Ships to Reefs:  Global Directions for Reefing Your Ship”.

Many Ships to Reefs projects outside North America have been waiting for international guidelines.  After years of consultation, the Scientific Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved a clear set of guidelines for Ships to Reefs projects that meet the key environmental standards.  Jay Straith, President of Canadian Artificial Reef Consulting, will take you through the development of these guidelines and how they can be implemented to assist you in starting an artificial reef in your region.

October 24, 2008 from 2-3pm which is free to all attendees and exhibitors.   The title of this seminar is “Ships to Reefs:  What Has Worked and Hasn’t Worked”.

There have been many different approaches to doing a ships to reefs project.  Some have been more successful than others.  There are a surprising number of options available to obtain ships and prepare them.  Jay Straith, President of Canadian Artificial Reef Consulting, has been involved with many successful ships to reefs projects and will take you through the good and the bad concepts so you can assess what approaches might be available for your project.

In addition, Ships to Reefs International will have available in the booth, 5-10 minute slide presentations on “How S2R Makes You Money!”

These presentations are topic specific and include the following and more:  What is S2R?; How S2R Makes You Money; Take vs. No-Take Zones; Veterans & Their Ships; Non-Ship Reef Materials; Who Are the Players?; How Do I Get a Ship?; Rigs to Reefs; Lessons Learned; Spiegel Grove; Vandenberg; How Projects Are Funded; Twenty-three S2R Success Stories.  Come by the booth, view the presentation of your choice and go home with what you need to know to make more money, AND we’ll give you a warship collectible artifact.

Ships to Reefs International  is a coalition of artificial reefing programs from around the world.  Our current members include professionals from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.  Other artificial reefing countries are expected to join this effort in the coming months.

Ships to Reefs International was created to help coordinate artificial reefing efforts on an international basis, and will incorporate new guidelines currently being developed by the International Maritime Organization, an arm of the United Nations.  In addition, United States members of S2RI will coordinate a national artificial reefing program, to ensure a standardized program for all states and non-government organizations (NGOs) working to create ships-to-reefs programs, working together with the agencies of the federal government that have programs, which include the Maritime Administration (MARAD), Navy and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Ships to Reefs International is currently working to gain the support of the diving industry, showing how ships-to-reefs projects create economic benefits to the industry, as well as to all levels of government and the communities local to reefing sites – “SHIPS TO REEFS MAKES YOU MONEY!”.

For more information, please contact Jay Straith at 604-984-3646.


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