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Environmental Policy

INTRODUCTION

Pro-Dive Central Coast Pty has established itself as an industry leader within the Australian Dive Industry, with over thirty-five years of experience and management foresight, PDCC understands and supports the need for a serious, environmentally sound approach to our business.

Pro-Dive Central Coast is committed to providing management services that reduce and where possible eliminate adverse impacts on the environment. Pro-Dive Central Coast is mindful of its social and community obligations in providing our services and seeks to comply with relevant environmental legislation and local Government regulation such as the NSW Waste Minimisation and Management Act and the Protection of the Environment Operations Acts.

All courses have an environmental aspect where learners are shown a commitment to saving the environment.

Mission Blue and other AWARE initiatives, are just a few in a series of tools used.

Pro-Dive Central Coast has at current, an unblemished environmental record, which includes the transportation of materials as well as its operations. This focus on recycling has enabled Pro-Dive Central Coast to market and target our business towards a cleaner, greener future that ultimately impacts on the environment and the people whom live in it.

No-one wants to dive in a dirty, polluted or contaminated waterway.

Pro-Dive Central Coast understands this and adopted the ideologies to all our clients in our efforts in a “lead by example” type of partnership ensuring that we maintain and continue to update work methods, policies and targets in the effort of sustainable and environmental work practices.

One ideology was to cease the practice of cutting up sea Urchins to feed Eastern Blue Wrasse, for the enjoyment of divers to watch during scuba training dives. This produced shell litter on the sea floor and I am certain the urchin didn’t like it either.

Stale bread was crushed and soaked, then fed to fish on one training dive only, with the plastic container reused.

This practice has ceased altogether with no feeding of marine life.

OBJECTIVES

Pro-Dive Central Coast “Waste Management Plans” through implementation, training, policy and management issues shall insure PDCC are up to date with current and future trends with all environmental matters.

Communication and understanding the ideals and efforts of our clients as well as those to which we already understand, means that Pro-Dive Central Coast will continue to promote and demonstrate our conscious knowledge and understanding of the need for sustainable grown within the Australian Dive industry.

Through this knowledge and safe work practices, our cost effective and efficient environmental management targets, can be made achievable.

POLICY

Pro-Dive Central Coast is committed to responsible management of all our worksites, operations with the least possible impact on the environment. To ensure environmentally responsible behavior is accepted as an integral part of our operations.

Pro-Dive Central Coast will act in the following ways to specifically enhance our environmental performance and management:

  1. We will actively implement systems, which prevent environmental degradation.
  2. We will comply fully with all legislative and regulatory environmental requirements of the relative authorities.
  3. Pro-Dive Central Coast will actively minimize the effects of our operations on the environment by reducing or where possible eliminating environmental impacts.\
  4. We will undertake to train and educate our employees in relevant environmental procedures, reducing the risk of environmental incidents and encourage their understanding of the aims and objectives of our policy.
  5. We will actively undertake to apply our stated environmental standards to our service and continually improve on those standards.
  6. We will continually monitor our plant and machinery to ensure that these components of our operations are maintained at the highest environmental standard.
  7. We will set environmental targets consistent with our policy and review them on an annual basis.
  8. In developing new plant, machinery and diving facilities, Pro-Dive Central Coast will consider the environmental impact of the choice as a primary concern of the purchase and/or design of that decision.
  9. We will seek to meet the high standards and expectations of the Community at all times and contribute to the spirit of community expectations.
  10. We will envisage fulfilling achievable methods of recycling and reuse, working through introduced schemes like those of the ISO 14000 & ISO 14001 management systems.
  11. Our environmental policy is to include all of our aims and operational objectives and those of our clients, whilst applying the principles of quality waste management and recycling efforts.
  12. We shall adopt, implement and maintain all new initiatives involving the reduction and sustainable management of the ecosystem, through schemes like those introduced elsewhere in NSW
  13. We shall work in conjunction with all our clients in their initiatives and efforts at regulatory systems that benefit the environment and surrounding ecosystems in a partnership towards waste reduction, recycling and greener outcomes.
  14. Compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, and codes of practice. Ensuring that an environmental risk analysis is performed on all diving operations and that safe work methods are created which minimise harm to the environment.
  15. The education of our employee’s, subcontractors, product suppliers and Wholesalers to ensure that the requirements for environmental responsibility are integrated into work practices, training and are included in performance assessment reviews.
  16. Examining opportunities to effectively manage waste products, created by our process.
    • The use of materials and products in our processes, which have the least environmental impact
    • Monitoring our environmental management performance on a regular basis
    • Continuous improvement of our Environmental Management System by conducting regular system audits

Since 1988 PDCC has been actively engaged in annual underwater “Clean Up” initiatives, involving our client database with results disseminated to “Clean Up Australia” and the local council after each event.

STEPS TAKEN TO HELP REDUCE IMPACT TO ENVIRONMENT

Pro-Dive recognized environmental management needed to be one of our highest priorities early in 2007. Steps were taken and some are listed below:-

  • Shop electricity from greener source. This has increased from zero to 10% and will be 45% by end of June 2020
  • Training pool is now 100% solar heated.
  • 100% rainwater used to wash boat and flush boat motors on grassy area set aside for purpose using bio-degradable detergents.
  • Lower emission “clean” fuels and oils used in outboard engines
  • Lower emission fuels and recycled oils used in company vehicles

Our policy also insisted that there is no litter or garbage from clients to be thrown into the water. Use of Green bags onboard for recyclable material, Red bags for Trash and Blue bags for Food scraps. Bags are deposited in correct collection bin / area after vessel is retrieved from water.

  • New engines when re-powered, will be Eco Tec minimal emission- 4 stroke engines.
  • New compressor uses synthetic oil with oil residue collected in reservoir and disposed of with local mechanical workshop- who recycles used oil with local bio fuel operator.
  • Clients encouraged and enrolled in Marine Awareness courses and Mission Blue programs.

At present, PDCC produce less pollutants and landfill than 2009.

From the very outset in 1986 Pro-Dive Central Coast adopted a “Look, but don’t touch policy” for all divers. This policy is still in effect and frequently controlled.

Photography is a very popular pastime. PDCC stresses all Photography course students, undertake Peak Buoyancy training to ensure minimal impact to the underwater flora and fauna. Mission Blue and AWARE policies have now been adopted into all courses.

  • Plastics are discouraged from product distributors.
  • Recyclable “Green” bags are given in lieu of plastic bags. We ask clients to remove wrapping in store and wrappers are returned to distributors for later re-use.
  • Retail store uses less paperwork than 2009. All paper is 100% recycled paper.
  • Stock wrappings (packaging) has been reduced to a lesser level than 2008. We persuaded our internal and external stakeholders, to reduce packaging. Constant contact is necessary to maintain and increase this quota of reduction.
  • Customer food scraps and tea bags are recycled in compost heaps.
  • In store cold filtered water now FOC, free refill of clients own water bottle.

We have a management and employee commitment to the protection of the environment, with clear assignment of accountability and responsibility. 

UNDERWATER CLEANUP CAMPAIGNS

PDCC schedules dive site clean ups six times per year. Dates are found on the Dive Schedule.

Scuba divers are urged to remove three peices of litter from the site after every dive, rather than wait till the next dive site cleanup day. This policy has shown a marked increase in the amount of litter found. Retrieved items to be placed in litter bins, located close to boat ramps. 

The ex HMAS Adelaide will be subject to periodic environmental inspections by the local university with Marine Science students completing surveys and all items will be tabled at monthly Dive Tub meetings.

Extreme items will be brought to the attention of Vessel Management immediately.

PDCC have always encouraged divers to avoid kicking silt, this will now include marking vessel and to assist with environmental planning throughout the life cycle of the vessel.

Reporting of moorings, vessel condition and marine life will be part of monthly “Dive Tub” agenda where targeted performance levels will be discussed.

We will evaluate the environmental performance against the environmental policy, objectives, and targets, and seek improvement where appropriate.

Management will audit and review the Environmental Management Policy and identify opportunities for system improvements, as well as increased environmental performance. PDCC will properly allocate resources, including training, to achieve targeted performance levels on an ongoing basis.