Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the concept and can I join Ghost Diving?
Our organization is set up by an enthusiastic technical diving team and has evolved into more diving teams all over the world following the same concept. We like to call these "chapters". Our shared goal is to remove lost fishing gear and make the world aware of issues caused by this so called "ghost gear". To achieve this goal we involve specifically trained volunteer technical divers in our projects based on our own network and experience. These divers are trained by our core teams and gain experience with them, these two things are inextricably linked. If you want to do the work like we do, contact an experienced team anywhere in the world and become part of that team. Perform this type of work on a very regular basis, experience many different situations together and learn with and from your team.
Can I follow a Ghost Diving course?
We do not necessarily intend to train large groups of divers because this kind of diving is not for everyone and an accident is just around the corner. We are concerned that organizations are emerging that are trying to train large groups of divers by offering so called "ghost fishing courses". This way people got encouraged to do dives they are probably not ready for and they can end up in dangerous situations that they don't want to end up in. This heavy task load can only be done safely with a solid (technical) diver training combined with lots of experience in the field and being part of an experienced team, not based on a confined water training with an "instructor". There is no single "course" that can guarantee that you can safely perform this kind of work, "certification" can only create false security. Please take our advice here; most of us have been doing this with a number of different groups, organizations and countries, in the most difficult circumstances since decades ...and we are still learning every dive.
You can always contact us for any of your questions.
What kind of (dive) training do I need to attend removal dives?
That all depends on what you want to achieve. For picking up marine litter at local shallow water dive sites you can start at advanced open water level. Most divers that recover fishing gear at open sea are technically trained divers with loads of experience and exclusively operating in a team. We strongly advise you to have a technical based dive training to understand and master these concepts before you even consider lifting large pieces of fishing gear.
However, the majority of the divers can participate one way or another working on shallow water activities like collecting marine litter and small parts of lost fishing gear. There are several ghost gear removal specialties available provided by for example SDI and PADI to understand the basic concepts of shallow water marine litter removal. For all advanced levels we recommend you to contact one of our chapters close to your country.
- Looking for technical dive training that incorporates a stable platform and teamwork? Visit the Global Underwater Explorers website, this is one of the technical diving agencies who can teach you this.
- Already a technical diver and ready to join our teams? Contact us for further options, we have developed our own procedures since 2007, now used as a basis for many organizations around us.
Do you like to start your own activity initiative?
Great idea! And we are happy to help you with this, just ask!
You are already taking action in your ow region and you like to start a Ghost Diving chapter?
Please do not hesitate to contact us.
I have photos of ghost fishing, can I send them to you?
Yes of course, please leave a request through our contact page. Or contact us via Facebook. Make sure you include a written report explaining what we see and where it took place.
I am already working with a group of volunteers; can we work together?
Yes, we can! Contact us explaining what you are doing and where. Give us your contact details and we will be in touch to schedule a call through Skype, messenger or any other web based communication that works for us both.
Do you take donations?
Yes we do! As a registered charity organization, Ghost Diving relies completely on donations, please check out our donate page. Thank you!
Can you help us financially?
No, for now we cannot as we are a volunteer based charity organization. We too rely on donations and sponsorships.
Can we sponsor you?
Leave a message through our contact page or via Facebook. We do need funds, but we also value our independence, so any offer has to go through our Board.
How do I distinguish derelict fishing gear from active fishing gear?
Fishing equipment is specific to everybody of water and every target catch. It mostly comes down to common sense. As a rule of thumb, you can say that most fishing equipment that are still active have a means of retrieval in place. This could be a stick, a line with buoy or, they might be connected to other equipment through a string. If this means of retrieval is absent, chances are that the fishing equipment are not actively used or, they were lost. Also, the equipment should be clean. Growth of algae is a sign that they have been there for a while. Active fishing equipment gets checked by their owners quite often.
To make sure you could have a talk with local fishermen and have them explain how they work. Have them show you their equipment and talk to them about their procedures. Explain what you are doing and why you are asking.