NAUI’s devotion to the NAUI Green Diver Initiative unveiling will focus on its growth on environmental sustainability, grant-giving and tax deductible contributions.
The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI Worldwide) has been advancing its NAUI Green Diver Initiative (GDI) since early July 2015, and the GDI will be present at the DEMA Show at Booth 1571 on Nov. 4 through Nov. 7 to broadcast its developed features and conservation progress to the dive industry.
GDI will unveil its new Event Tool-Kit during the DEMA Show – designed to guide dive shop owners on how to create and organize a successful GDI-inspired event. GDI’s latest initiative includes its leading role as the main funder for Palm Beach County Diving Association’s Goliath Grouper Study, the world’s largest grouper spawning aggregation in the world.
“NAUI has listened and made a recommitment to its members to advance the Green Diver program. GDI has the potential to be an essential resource for divers who want to create a cleaner aquatic world,” said NAUI Executive Director Dallas Edmiston.
In addition, GDI has updated its social media presence and has created a more interactive media appearance through interviews with NAUI’s “The Dive Team” podcast reports and multiple environment and dive-related blogs.
Among its other developments, the dive industry will get to meet GDI’s first-ever full-time manager, who will take charge of advancing its mission. With 10 years of non-profit experience, Sam Richardson will lead the effort to foster a more vibrant and impactful organization.
“GDI is here to help support and empower divers to make positive, global changes, at a grass roots level. The capability for our members to not only share their progress, but communicate with other members, is essential for this online initiative to flourish,” said GDI Manager Sam Richardson.
In just three months as GDI manager, Mr. Richardson has sponsored (through GDI) the first annual Florida Native Plant Society’s “Florida Native Plant Month” awareness campaign and has already planned many other projects for 2016.
GDI has made strides by developing a revamped website for 2016 and now accepts tax deductible contributions. The GDI site now includes an online donation page to promote grants going back to the community.
Visit www.nauigreendiver.org for more throughout the year to find out how NAUI further defines diving with its GDI projects.