As a professional diver I see it as my job to protect our oceans. The first step in doing so is ensuring whoever I take into the water leaves behind only bubbles. But how can I do this if before they even take their first breath underwater chemicals are oozing off their bodies and killing our coral.
What! Chemicals are oozing off our bodies?! Yes and the culprit is our sunscreen. Did you know the chemicals in sunscreen are “bigger than climate change,” in causing coral reef damage. In 2015, it was reported that oxybenzone, a common chemical found in sunscreens, is toxic to the symbiotic algae that live within corals, which provides their colour and performs other vital duties, and also stunts the growth of corals.
Yes sunscreen kills!
So I propose a sunscreen revolution.
- Stop before you buy more sunscreen and choose to buy an ocean friendly product (easily found through an internet search).
- Choose to cover up rather then slather on. There are some awesome rash vests out there.
- If you have to apply sunscreen do so at least 15 minutes before going in the water so the product can absorb into your skin.
So now you know don’t forget to pass this knowledge on…and together we can make a difference!