LONGITUDE 181'S INTERNATIONAL CHARTER FOR RESPONSIBLE FREEDIVING

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PREPARE YOUR TRIP

Travel agents and accommodation providers don't all offer the same services. Some make an effort to protect the environment that you're going to discover, and share natural resources more equally with the inhabitants of the host country. It's expensive for them, and for you, but together you will contribute to our planet's sustainable development. Don't make the price of your trip or absolute comfort your only selection criteria.
- Choose a travel agency that follows an ethical charter.
- Find out about the marine eco-systems that you are going to discover.
- Find out about the inhabitants of your host country: traditions, economy, resources.
- Find out about any possible protected marine areas: follow the access and visiting instructions, forbidden zones, permitted activities.

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BEFORE FREEDIVING

- Find out about the site you are going to discover, it'll make your dive more enjoyable. You will no longer be a passive spectator in a world where you don't speak the language, you'll be able to read the first words in the big book of marine life. Because you'll be able to identify the animals, you'll know how they behave, you'll know where to find them to discover them. You'll know how to spot incredible hidden fauna.
- Find out about the ecology of the most common species you are going to encounter.
- Know how to recognise endangered species and protected species.
- Never throw anything into the sea, not even cigarette filters.

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ACCESSING THE ENTRY POINT

- Respect paths leading to the sea.
- Avoid trampling all over the entry point and the sea-bed if it is covered in grass, coral or seaweed.
- Enter, if possible, from a sandy or stony beach, less "sensitive" than areas covered in grass, coral or seaweed.
- If you are using a boat, keep your speed down and curb the distance you cover, prioritise 'soft' trips (sailing, paddling, etc.)
- As a priority, use anchorage buoys and in their absence, do not throw down your anchor into grass and find out beforehand about recommended anchoring zones.
- Tie everything to the boat so nothing will fall in the water due to the wind or waves.

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WHEN FREEDIVING

- Swim as early as possible, so your fins do not make contact with the bottom.
- Adjust your buoyancy to neutral.
- Be careful not to kick your fins into stems.
- Avoid grabbing the sea bed, animals or plants (e.g. posidonia).
- Do not push off on the bottom to get back up to the surface.
- Watch but do not bother the animals that you come across.
- Do not feed the animals.
- Do not break anything and do not collect any living organisms.
- Do not lift or move the stones or rocks, they shelter many micro-organisms that do not tolerate these movements.
- Do not follow large animals: dolphins, turtles or whale sharks. Take your time, stay calm, they will trust you. Let them come to you and do not touch them.
- Collect any bags, plastic objects, waste that you find whilst diving or around your entry point.

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DURING YOUR STAY

- Do not throw anything into the sea, pick up all your rubbish.
- Keep your used batteries and put them in a recycling bin, take them home with you if you can't find one.
- Use reusable plates, glasses and cutlery instead of disposable plastic.
- Use biodegradable soap and maintenance products.
- Put your suit on in the water if it is warm to avoid using soap and water.
- Rinse your equipment quickly if you use it regularly, only rinse thoroughly before you leave.
- If you can avoid it, do not rinse in drinking water.
- Save the shower water (rinse yourself off with your equipment at your feet!)
- Don't buy seaside souvenirs: shark's teeth, shells, coral, turtle shells, etc. Boycott restaurants that serve turtle soup, fins, fish caught with cyanide or dynamite, protected or endangered species...
- Refuse all useless packaging

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Want to learn more about the Longitude 181 association ? And perhaps become a member of the association ? Check out their site and their work to protect the sea environment !

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                    Erika, salesperson at Decathlon in Marseilles

                    I am a salesperson at Decathlon in Marseilles and I love snorkeling. I also have my PADI Open Water. As an active member of the Longitude 181 Nature association, I am delighted to help the work of this association that protects our oceans, their flora and fauna and if at my level, I can help to change things, raise awareness even for just one person, I think that it's really worth it and Longitude 181 is an association of enthusiasts, that's what I like about it!

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