Can your family vacation change the world?

Lisa Ellen Niver
6 min readFeb 22, 2020

Where can you travel that not only allows you to have a top quality family vacation but that also changes the world one step at a time?

One diver at a time

I fell in love with scuba diving the very first time I went underwater in Monterey Bay, California thirty years ago. At that time, I learned about the giant kelp forest and its creatures. While it can grow rapidly per day, kelp exists in a narrow band of pH and temperature. I was taught by my dive instructor about how fragile our ocean is and how we need to take care of it.

PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) certifies one million new divers a year. PADI and Project AWARE teach divers and their families about the issues for our oceans. Beaches Resorts and Sandals Resorts were honored with the PADI Award of Outstanding Achievement for achieving more than 100,000 PADI certifications across both brands since Sandals Resorts International’s (SRI) membership with PADI began in 1997. “Issuing over 100,000 PADI certifications is a monumental accomplishment,” said Erica Wedepohl, PADI Worldwide, Territory Director for Caribbean & Latin America. “In fact, Sandals and Beaches Resorts are among the few elite resorts worldwide to accomplish this tremendous achievement.”

If you and your family are already trained to dive, your daily dives are included at Beaches Resorts. Become one of PADI’s one billion torchbearers who actively work towards a better balance between humanity and the ocean.

It would mean that one in 7 people are focused on taking care of and protecting our ocean in this UN Decade of Action for the Sustainable Developmental Goals 2030. I have loved diving for thirty years and I hope to be able to continue to see creatures like humpback whales, dolphins, sharks, rays and turtles on dives like I did in Turks and Caicos. Our daily dives were truly awesome. We all need to do our part to take care of the water and the creatures.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is the author of Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.