Public can register for Sisters' Islands Marine Park dive trails from Thursday

Public can register for Sisters' Islands Marine Park dive trails from Thursday
PHOTO: NParks and The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Scuba divers can register to explore the underwater trails at the Sisters' Island Marine Park from Thursday (Oct 29).

Two dive windows on Nov 8 and 22 are now open, the National Parks Board (NParks) said in a press release on Thursday.

However, to protect the corals at the marine park, beginner divers will not be allowed to dive the two trails located at Pulau Subar Laut or the Big Sister's Island.

The trips will be conducted by six approved dive operators, who will offer packages priced at different rates.

Interested divers who meet the requirements can contact the dive operators, which are listed on the Sisters' Islands Marine Park website.

To register, divers need to have advanced certification from a reputable international training organisation, and have done at least 20 dives in the past two years, with at least one dive in Singapore.

There are also rules put in place for those who are exploring the trails.

There is a cap of eight divers per dive for each trail, and divers are not allowed to remove any part of the reef - living or non-living.

NParks will determine suitable windows for dives based on the condition of the marine habitat and currents at the site. This is estimated to be two to four days a month.

There are two trails at the Marine Park - a shallow trail at 6m and a deep trail at 15m.

Divers will be guided through 20 stations marked by signs with information on the marine biodiversity and reef features in Singapore waters.

They will be encouraged to contribute towards the upkeep of the dive trails, for example by helping to sweep off accumulated algae on the station signboards using cleaning brushes.

Some stations will engage divers in simple biodiversity or water visibility surveys.

Minister for Family and Social Development Tan Chuan-Jin has tried out the trails.

This article was first published on Oct 29, 2015.
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