Coral reefs are under increased pressures globally. Through practicing responsible diving and snorkeling, you can help to lessen local stress on the reef while still partaking of its beauty. Please only book your recreational activities with a Blue Star recognized operator to ensure that you are enjoying our ecosystem with minimal environmental impact.
At Silent World we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. We are very active in our local community in terms of promoting environmental issues, protecting our resources and ensuring that we are doing all we can to ensure our operation is as eco-friendly as possible.
Silent World is one of only a few operators in the Florida Keys that has been issued recognition as a Blue Star Operator. Blue Star is a program established by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to reduce the impact of divers and snorkelers on the coral reef ecosystem of the Florida Keys.
It is a voluntary recognition program saluting charter boat operators who promote responsible and sustainable diving and snorkeling practices, helping keep the reef healthy for generations to come. Blue Star operators are committed to responsible tourism and go the extra step to educate their customers about the coral reef ecosystem, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and diving and snorkeling etiquette.
For additional information on the Blue Star program ask a member of our staff for visit the NOAA Blue Star website.
Silent World has is honored to hold the title of a Project AWARE Eco-Operator. Project AWARE Eco Operators are partners in Project AWARE's efforts and are committed to sustainable business practices year-round. As an Eco-Operator we have made a commitment for change and are actively making an effort to help ensure the environment and our reefs are here for not only the next generation but the generations to follow.
As an Eco-Operator we have made the following commitments to our community and our guest:
• Provide experiences that enhance visitor awareness, appreciation and undertanding of the local aquatic environment.
• Use recycled products whenever possible.
• Participate in local conservation efforts and support established parks and reserves.
• Not sell items made from endangered species, threatened species, corals or tropical hardwoods.
• Respect local people, culture and traditions while abiding by local laws and regulations.
• Provide pre-dive briefings on responsible dive practices including but not limites to Proper buoyancy control, securing equipment and streamlining body positions, maintaining distance from sensitive environments, not touching or chasing animals, and abiding by all fish & game regulations.
• Using mooring buoys or drift diving techniques whenever possible to avoid damaging the underwater habitat.
• Offer Project AWARE and environmental speciality courses that teach customers about ecology and conservation. For customers interested in this training you can click on any of the course links on the right hand side of the page or visit our eco instruction page.
• Display environmental public awareness materials and provide community involvement opportunities.
• Use environmentally sound methods of rubbish disposal.
For additional information on Project AWARE and how you can be a eco friendly diver visit the Project AWARE website.
Silent World dive center is activily involved in the monitoring of coral bleaching in the Florida Keys. Through our relationship with CoralWatch silent world staff and guests provide valuable scientific data to researchers that are activitely making enroads in the protection of our coral reef. CoralWatch have developed an inexpensive, simple, non-invasive method for the monitoring of coral bleaching, and assessment of coral health. The Coral Health Chart is basically a series of sample colours, with variation in brightness representing different stages of bleaching/recovery, based on controlled experiments. It is our aim to both provide a scientific tool and increase awareness about global climate change by demonstrating one of its devastating effects. We ask you to please help by using this kit to monitor your local reefs, or any that you visit.
In an effort to educate divers on CoralWatch and the proper use of the collection tools Silent World in conjunction with PADI and CoralWatch offer the CoralWatch Coral Health Chart Destinctive Speciality Course. This course can be taken as a stand alone course at any time for a small additional charge as part of your guided dive experiance. For those local to Key Largo it is offered free of charge on a regular basis. For additional information on what is involved in the course please visit the course webpage.
Why not enjoy one of our sunset cruises through the Mangroves and sleepy creeks of Key Largo. See wild birds, fish, lizards and maybe even a manatee as we meander around the islands and into Florida Bay, where you will catch the sunset with a tipple of your choosing. Popular with photographers, nature lovers and divers looking to relax or enjoy the water with their families.