From the 6th to the 7th December 2018, Reef-World attended the final meeting to approve new standards associated with SCUBA diving and the marine environment.  Following on from the success of Reef-World (James Harvey) becoming a liaison member on the Working Group 1 – Diving Services under Technical Committee 228 (TC-228 Tourism and related services), Reef-World were invited to join the final review of two Draft International Standards (DIS) before their submission to the ISO community and TC228 members for approval for a Final Draft (FDIS) which would then become an approved ISO standard.

The two standards that were being reviewed were:

ISO/TC228 – 21416

Recreational diving services - Requirements and guidance on environmentally sustainable practices in recreational diving

ISO/TC228 – 21417

Recreational diving services - Requirements for training on environmental awareness for recreational divers

These ISO standards are expected to be adopted by both the diving certification agencies and training organisations and inline with Reef-World helping to make ‘sustainable diving the social norm’ we intend to help both promote and encourage uptake of these two new ISO standards once they become finalised and approved. It is anticipated that these two standards will be publicly available towards the end of Q2 in 2019.