Contributing to the Community
Although the Philippines’ economic growth is remarkable, it is still a developing country. Even though education has been made free of charge, many children still do not have access to education because uniforms and textbooks are charged for. Generally, Filipinos who do not have a higher education have an annual income of about 100,000 yen, and are forced to live a very poor life. A Filipino who is paid around 500 yen a day can’t afford to go scuba diving, which costs close to 10,000 yen a dive, and scuba diving is still exclusively a foreigner’s hobby. However, if you earn a certification as a dive master and work diligently, it’s easy to get out of this inferior environment of 100,000 yen a year.
That’s why MSU continues to donate all the education and all the necessary diving equipment needed to take local Filipinos from zero to pro… In 2018, two Filipinos will receive Divemaster Education, one Filipino will receive the Open Water Diver Course to We have provided education up to the dive master course. We intend to continue this activity in 2019. If we can spread the importance of nature and safe diving through diving, the local Filipinos who have become diving professionals will become educators and role models, and people will understand how foolish it is to pollute the ocean and rivers. I’m wondering if there is any.
We have been very steady in our “Bring 1 Plastic from every dive” campaign. Whenever you go on any dive in any country, you bring a garbage collection net with you. It doesn’t have to be a special net like the one in the picture, a washing machine trash net sold at 100 yen a pop will do. Let’s not only dive, but also work together to preserve this beautiful nature for future generations.
What to do when collecting trash underwater
- Collect mainly plastic waste.
Plastic can take thousands to tens of thousands of years, or even longer, to return to nature. While diving, you should mainly collect plastic waste that is relatively unharmful to your hands and other parts of your body and has a long reduction period.
- Don’t touch empty cans and other metal trash.
Empty cans and metal debris can easily damage or injure your diving equipment. Also, metal trash will decompose and disappear in a relatively short period of time compared to plastic, so leave sharp or heavy metal trash to a professional member if possible.
- Beware of broken glass, etc.
Glass debris can also injure your hands and damage your diving equipment, so be careful. Try not to touch them if possible. If you find a beer bottle or liquor bottle, let a professional member know via hand signals.
- Before you pick up that trash.
Large-mouth glass bottles and empty cans are sometimes a home for aquatic life. If you find such trash, make sure no organisms live in it to prevent them from unexpectedly stealing a home.
- Beware of Weight & Residual Pressure
Excessive garbage collection is dangerous. Don’t overdo it within your skill set. Also, it is dangerous to be so busy looking for trash that you fail to check the residual pressure. When picking up trash underwater, follow the instructions of your dive professional and pay close attention to safety.