You take care of your favorite car, your favorite watch or your garden, when you love something dearly. We love the sea, and we know that everyone that visits the Rivera Maya and Costa Maya comes for the sea. So we need to take care of it, like we do our favorite things.
It is easy to take the bluest of the blue sea for granted, thinking that it will be there forever, like the sun that rises every day, but we do have an obligation to be a part of its ongoing beauty. But how? How can I make a dent in that huge body of water, how will my action make a difference if at all?
It is easy to think, when I am not here does it really matter? Of course it does and our actions while we visit, or swim in the Caribbean Sea will preserve the beautiful blue we all travel to see. 73% of our planet is water, which is a lot of water to look after.
Simple actions will take care of the sea, we just need to know what those actions are. Once you know, you will understand how easy it is to maintain the health and beauty of any sea and ocean.
Simple Action #1 – Use a biodegradable sunscreen. Oils and chemicals harm our bodies of water. Coral needs to filter clean water to live, so clogging the water with unnecessary oils and chemicals will harm coral. Fish and sea life rely on clean sea water for food and survival. Putting unnatural ingredients into our water will harm fish and sea life. If sunscreen says don’t use internally for humans as it will harm, then fish and sea life should not be using it internally either.
Simple Action #2 – When snorkeling or diving, don’t touch the sea floor or coral with your fins. If you kick up sand or hit coral with your fin, you are harming the very creatures and species that make up the sea. Many of us don’t realize that sand can suffocate coral, but it can. Learn good buoyancy as a diver, and stay on the surface with your body horizontal to the sea floor when snorkeling. Going vertical is not the position you want to assume in the sea in both sports.
Simple Action #3 – If you are inexperienced in any sea sport, take a class. Local Instructors will help you be a good visitor in the sea, teaching you techniques and skills that decrease your ‘sea footprint’ when you are visiting.
Simple Action #4 – Don’t touch sea creatures, fish or coral when snorkeling or diving. As an instructor, I used to say to my students, ‘how would you like it if someone you did not know put their hand in your house, broke off a part of your house or even touched you.’ Each coral patch is a home for so many sea creatures. When we understand that these areas are homes, it makes it easy to understand our role as a visitor. This rule also exists for the cenotes. The formations in these ancient sinkholes are preserved in the freshwater and can not reform once they are broken. Touching formations is like touching a precious artifact.
Simple Action #5 – Try not to use motorized devices in the sea. Sea-doos, motorized paddleboards, and speed boats are fun, but they can work against the sea. If a motorized vehicle is not a necessary form of transportation, skip it. Use a paddleboard without a motor, try a sailing trip or venture out to the reef on a sea kayak. Non-motorized vehicles are best in the sea and will enhance your experience.
We love where we live and we think you love where you visit. Let’s work together to keep the Caribbean blue and beautiful!
Check out our Water Sports Travel Guide written by locals that helps you navigate the sea better!