Resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann gets the Sandakan students hooked on shark conservation

It’s been a busy day Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island here in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

We are currently hosting 2 groups; the one includes 24 students from the Sandakan Politeknik and the second involves 17 people from our friends at Wild Borneo Expeditions, who brought international students from a school in the UAE to visit us.

Despite the hustle and bustle around the island dive centre, Downbelow’s resident PADI Course Director still let his passion for marine conservation burn bight.

He managed to squeeze in some time for the good of sharks.

Explaining the peril that sharks face today – chiefly unsustainable finning and by-catch practices – he also gave a big-up to the AWARE Foundation and the good work that Project AWARE does concern this and other causes.

After the talk the students and participants were all keen to do their bit to help prevent sharks from disappearing from our planet and signed the shark petition.

Marine education and conservation is a constant and ongoing battle, and as ocean lovers it is everyone’s duty to do what we can. Have you signed the shark petition? Do you part here.