Get Involved in Protecting our Local Reefs and Ocean!
We are passionate about conserving our local marine ecosystems and we welcome all the help we can get! We have designed specific education approaches for busy professionals who would like to contribute to marine conservation projects. We’ve also created some structured offerings for companies who would like to contribute time or sponsorship as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility program. We have a customizable approach that should allow both professionals and corporations to find a suitable approach that takes available time and budget into account. .
Full Hybrid Course for Professionals
For students who cannot commit to 5 classroom days to do the prerequisite Core Marine Conservation Course, we have developed a hybrid program with 5 online lectures followed by a weekend at the dive centre to do the in-water experience dives. The weekend would be two days with three dives per day. Outside of public holidays, we are usually able to get preferential rates from the Radisson Blue hotel for accommodation. The room rates will depend on the period of the year and we can confirm them upon booking for the course. The hybrid course is priced at 2500 AED.
Adopt a Reef
This program is for corporates that would like to create a lasting underwater testimony that demonstrates their commitment to a healthier ocean environment.
Creating an artificial reef provides shelter and habitats for a broad range of creatures as well as a platform to implant a new coral reef on our coastline. Coral reefs are the nurseries of the sea and are vital to the future wellbeing of our oceans.
Your corporate team can either create their own artificial reef design based on our construction guidelines or select an existing design from our catalogue.
We will construct it with your company name (or potentially your logo, depending on its complexity) integrated into the design. It will then be installed underwater in our artificial reef area at Dibba. Your corporate can then elect to add a Maintenance and Measurement program, which can be an annual or monthly contract, to ensure that the implanted coral is stays healthy and its progress is documented. The measurement of growth and positive ocean impact is published on a dedicated page on the Freestyle Divers website. Your corporate can link that page to your own website if you’d like to show a monthly update on your ecological contribution.
We can provide a variety of different sponsorship opportunities, as detailed below.
Diver measuring coral growth on a nursery table – ©Freestyle Divers LLC
Adopt a Coral Nursery
The sponsorship cost is 2,500 AED for creation and installation of the table and the table would be identified as sponsored with the corporate logo (see photo below).
The Maintenance and Measurement contract costs 1,500 AED per annum or 140 AED per month.
Fixing a logo plate to a coral nursery table ©Freestyle Divers LLC
Adopt an Artificial Reef
This program sponsors the creation of an artificial reef, which is a key part of our strategy to repopulate our local marine environment.
Coral reefs act as the breeding ground and nursery for many marine species and the habitat for many more. Coral requires a hard substrate in relatively shallow water to grow on, which would naturally be rocks. In the UAE, we have large expanses of sandy seafloor that has ideal depth, light and water conditions for coral growth but no rocks for the coral to attach to.
Installation of artificial reefs allows us to transform these sandy areas into populous reef ecosystems that can create and sustain a broad variety of species.
We build the structures from ocean-friendly materials and they can be a corporate design that conforms to our design guidelines or we can build a design from our catalogue. Either company names or logos can be incorporated depending on complexity.
We have created various sea creatures such as sharks, turtles, seahorses and manta rays and offer three different sizes:
Large: this metal-based structure is around 8m long and costs 4,500 AED.
Medium: this metal-based structure is around 4m long and costs 3,000 AED.
Small: this metal-based structure is around 2m long and costs 2,000 AED.
The Measurement and Maintenance contract costs 1,500 AED per annum or 140 AED per month.
Example of a medium sized (4m long) artificial reef. ©Freestyle Divers LLC
Concrete Artificial Reefs
We are also working on costings for smaller concrete and metal artificial reefs to offer a more budget friendly option. We will publish pictures and the costs for these new products shortly.
We have produced a series of prototypes in the shape of turtles, seahorses and stingrays (see photo example below). They are made of wire reinforced concrete with tile mosaic patterns embedded in them and we plan to offer them in a range of colours with corporate logos embedded.
Constructing a concrete artificial reef ©Freestyle Divers LLC
Corporate Club Diving
If your company already has an active diving club or if you would like to offer a corporate rate to your employees for diving and marine conservation activities, contact us on [email protected] for our special corporate pricing.