A labour of underwater love
The Sea Fans met on a remote marine conservation base on the island of Koh Rong, Cambodia in 2014. Amy was the scuba instructor and Jerry the marine science officer, and together we taught people how to dive and survey coral reef. As well as deciding to spend the rest of our lives together, we had the idea of a website that would make it easier to volunteer in marine conservation.
Sea Fans founders – Jerry Slater and Amy Hornett
Everyone can get involved in marine conservation
From our time teaching and volunteering around the world, we were amazed by the variety of people we met on volunteering bases. From budding marine biologists and gap year students to veteran travellers and those on career breaks. Families to solo travellers, teenagers to retirees – different people from all ages and backgrounds with one thing in common: a love of the sea.
So how did these people come to volunteer on these projects? The answer: ‘word of mouth’. They wanted a holiday with a difference. An adventure. A way to learn and do something to help protect wildlife. Either a friend had recommended a project or they had stumbled upon the opportunity by chance.
We thought how great it would be if there was a website which showed the true wealth of opportunities out there for ocean lovers. A global hub where fans of the sea can discover volunteering projects throughout the world, which they can join to help conserve ocean and coastal habitats, and all the marine wildlife that lives there.
But why stop there? There are so many other ways that people can protect the ocean.
A one-stop shop for all things marine conservation
nyone and everyone can do something to help the ocean. They can make small personal changes to their lifestyle, such as stopping their use of plastic bags and straws. They can switch to ocean-friendly health and cleaning products, or buy from shops that use recycled materials or that donate their profits to ocean charities. They can take their kids to see dolphins in the wild instead of in a dolphinarium. Sign petitions, join campaigns, make informed seafood choices, do beach cleans… the list of ideas and opportunities is endless.
Thus Sea Fans was born – a holistic initiative to promote ocean conservation around the world. It’s our mission to champion marine conservation in whatever form it comes. To get started on your journey, check out our step-by-step guide to getting involved in marine conservation.
Become a Sea Fan
There are many people and organisations out there doing great things for marine conservation that we want the world to know about. If you know of – or you are – an ocean-friendly charity or NGO, company, shop, or campaign, team or individual, product maker or service provider, learning aid developer, event or experience organiser, green dive centre, or of course a marine volunteering project… then get in touch.
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