Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
How do I join Ghost Diving?
Joining Ghost Diving is not always necessary. We would like you to start your own activity and maybe we can help you with it. Already taking action in your own region and you want to start a Ghost Diving chapter? Please do not hesitate to contact us!
What kind of training do I need?
That all depends on what you want to achieve. For cleaning up local shallow water dive sites you can start at open water level. Most divers that salvage large nets at sea are technically trained divers with loads of experience and exclusively operating in a team. There is a large grey area in between. Most divers can participate in one way or another.
- Looking for 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 described above? Contact us for further Ghost Diving training options, we have developed our own volunteer training course.
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.