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Sandals and Beaches Dive Centers goes Green

October 08, 2014 - Beaches Resorts - Watersports

While there is no doubt that diving is the perfect way to explore the Caribbean, the commitment to the environmentis essential to  preserving the dive sites t water lovers seek and enjoy. Honorably,

Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts have recently been recognized by PADI for their commitment to conservation and the aquatic environment and have now all received the PADI Green Star Award in honor of this accomplishment.  This achievement helps prove that green initiatives are both environmentally and commercially viable and in turn helps to promote green initiatives among other organizations.  Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts were selected for this prestigious award based on their recognized commitment to the environment, initiatives to help conserve the environment, business marketing strategy, community recognition for environmental excellence, and recognition with divers and within the diving industry.  Resorts who have earned the PADI Green Star Award demonstrate a dedication to conservation across a wide range of business functions, including water conservation, energy use, environmentally friendly transportation, optimized waste management, use of sustainable materials, conservation leadership and more.

With more than 50,000 certifications, Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts is one of the Top 5 Diving Operations in the Western Hemisphere based on PADI certifications, and one of the Top 10 Diving Operations worldwide. Additionally, all resorts are PADI Five Star Dive Resorts, which are resorts committed to providing quality diver training and continuing education programs that include dive experiences and environmental awareness. 

“There is a difference when guests choose to dive at Sandals and Beaches through our AquaCenter.  With the best in equipment and staff, we offer the most comprehensive SCUBA program in the Caribbean and are committed to preserving the environment at the same time,” says Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts. “We want our divers to be able to enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean but while still respecting their spectacular surroundings in the ocean.”

Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts’ diving program includes dives with a range of depth between 30 and 130 feet, with top-of-the-line equipment and guided tours provided. Through its comprehensive AquaCenter, diving is included for divers certified by an industry recognized agency; non-certified divers wanting to experience diving for the first time can take the PADI Discover Scuba Diving course for a nominal fee in a special scuba certification pool and dive the same day.

Divers can experience a wide variety of dives, including Coral Reef Dives, Wall Dives, Wreck Dives, Night Dives and Two-Tank Dives, at tons of diving sites throughout the Caribbean ranging from novice to advanced levels.  Additional information about Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts’ SCUBA program can be found at and

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