One of more enjoyable aspects of diving that I discovered was paying it forward and giving back to an activity that I so enjoyed, and the opportunity to share the experience with others. Sharing the experience also provides to you, as an individual, the feeling of being part of something larger than yourself, a satisfying feeling of fulfillment and the added bonus of perhaps being a mentor.
There are many ways to do this, such as volunteering with a nearby aquarium or park, conducting clean-ups at favorite open water training sites or beaches, and working with established groups, such as the Boy Scouts of America.
Another avenue of giving back is Crew3000. Crew3000 is a nonprofit organization consisting of youth and adults learning about our ocean ecosystems and help in conserving, restoring and exploration of the ocean ecosystems. One of the great aspects of Crew3000 is that while we as divers can contribute, our family members or friends who don’t dive can participate as well. Truly making it a family oriented activity.
One of the ways we show appreciation for what we have is by giving back. After all, we would not be able to enjoy the experiences we’ve been granted if it were not for the opportunities with which we were presented. So, not only is it a nice gesture to give back, it’s also our responsibility as stewards to the environment.
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