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How Oceanic Sports Can Support Ocean Conservation
(Tuesday, 16 January 2018) Written by greeniac144444
As regular visitors of the ocean, swimmers, surfers, and kayakers are often rubbing shoulders with the ecosystems of our world’s salty waters. With such firsthand encounters, frequent ocean-goers have a significant, credible voice when it comes to understanding and expressing the importance of oceanic sustainability. The enjoyment we get from the ocean is vast and beautiful and its resources should be preserved for as long as possible. Conserving the ocean’s livability is crucial if we have any hope of sharing our irreplaceable experiences with future generations.


By participating in ocean sports and activities, the effects of climate change on our planet’s health becomes more apparent — and distressing. Undoubtedly, our actions today will determine the future of our world’s oceans and ecologies.


So the question is, how can ocean sport enthusiasts get involved? Here are three practical ways you can get started.


1. Try a New Sport


Not all ocean activities are created equal. Some have a bigger impact on the environment than others. Avoiding gas fueled equipment — think jet skis and boats — while enjoying the ocean is a great way to keep your pollution footprint at a minimum. Instead, try an environmental friendly activity such as paddle boarding or windsurfing. Paddle boarding can be enjoyed by all levels of expertise and doesn’t require an engine to get you going. Windsurfing is a great way to utilize the wide range of wind conditions out on the water. You can enjoy these activities while also helping to maintain the oceans’ ecosystem.


If you find yourself craving the thrill of speed that only the boost of a motor can give you, consider electric powered gear over fossil-fuel burning machines. While toys like electric motorized surfboards are not quite as low impact as paddle boards, they are still substantially better than your run-of-the-mill jet ski.. Electric surfboards are eco-friendly and don’t rely on the tides and wind conditions to get you going.


And if you’re on the hunt for the best spot to catch a wave, check out Christa Angelo’s top five surf destinations and enjoy those high speeds, you daredevil you.


2. Help Reduce Waste


With the northern part of the Pacific Ocean nicknamed, “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” one can only imagine the kind of pollution our world’s oceans are subjected to. Waste, particularly plastic, clogs our oceans’ shores and water, resulting in terrible conditions for the wildlife that reside there. Spending the day at your favorite spot on the beach or in the water requires plenty of supplies such as food, water, and first aid kits. But what do you do with your waste while you’re miles away from shore? Of course you would never intentionally leave your trash behind (right?) but it’s understandably hard to keep track of everything while you’re enjoying your ocean activities.  


Luckily, there are so many waterproof, lightweight bags available these days. Waterproof bags can safely hold almost all your essentials, including any trash you have during your time on the water. You can stow away your waste until you’re able to get back to shore to dispose of it properly. You could even pack a change of clothes if you had places to be after a day of kayaking (unfortunately, I don’t think it’s big enough to hold a ball gown yet). Keeping trash out of our oceans is vital to its livability. Keeping track of your waste and volunteering to do a cleanup of your local beach is a great way to give back to your community and keep your favorite swimming spots clean and healthy.


3.Teach Future Generations


Implementing eco-friendly habits isn’t just essential for you, but for future surfers and kayakers. It’s important to pass on the knowledge we learn today to our future generations so we can continue sustaining our environments. Sharing your passion of the ocean, and how to take care of it, are crucial for its continued preservation for public use and enjoyment.


Teaching kids (and fellow adults!) how to help prevent problems such as ocean animal extinction can help impart the importance of ocean conservation and the effects of climate change. Take the time to teach the children in your life or offer to speak at local schools, sharing your firsthand knowledge about ocean ecosystems and the importance of caring for them. Don’t forget to mention that time you got into an arm wrestling match with an octopus — and won.


The enjoyment that comes from ocean activities is captivating and unique, but it’s also in danger of disappearing. Continually experiencing the ocean through kayaking, paddling boarding, and surfing garnishes a deeper understanding of its ecosystems and the significance of it being protected and preserved. Sustainable ocean sports, and their participants, can help contribute to a better use of our oceans and overall ecological well-being.

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