We need to sink some ships and airplanes off the coast of Barbados

Newer Recreational Divers prefer shipwreck dives over anything else

Out of Barbados and the University of Hull comes a study showing that newer recreational divers vastly prefer to dive on shipwrecks rather than in natural reef areas.

That is good to know because if Barbados sinks some ships and airplanes in a few spots off the coast, we’d be able to attract more tourists to the island and at the same time protect the natural reefs through concentrating less-experienced divers where they can do the least harm to the natural environment.

That makes sense to me…

“Diver damage can be a real problem in the most popular dive sites but our study shows that artificial reefs could be an important tool for managing the impacts of dive tourism.
“The fact that many divers report high satisfaction from diving on artificial reefs shows that dive tourism can be successful without depending on the most sensitive, natural reef sites.”

… from the University of Hull Barbados diving study (online here)

Divers bring dollars…

“Novice and experienced divers were evenly represented in the study providing a diversity of views relating to artificial reef diving. Indeed, over half of all non-resident divers surveyed were return visitors, with some individuals having over thirty previous visits to Barbados. The study by Schuhmann et al. revealed a similar trend in return visits, with half of their sample having had previous trips to the island. The provision of well conceived artificial reef diving sites, such as those situated within the Carlisle Bay area, appeared to influence the decision of some divers in this present study to visit Barbados.”

Every leader in tourism and business should read this new study. Our Tourism Minister should make up his mind to do something, and get a project going now. Let’s find an old warship or small freighter and see what the cost will be to transport it here, get it ready and then have a big party to sink it.

If we’d have devoted our money to establishing long-term quality tourist attractions instead of spending a million dollars to have Rihanna writhe around half naked, we might enjoy some lasting benefits instead of the BTA’s preferred ‘quick hit’ for cash that is good for a week or two and then fades.




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10 responses to “We need to sink some ships and airplanes off the coast of Barbados

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  2. BFP

    Why doesn’t the Barbados Tourism Authority have statistics about diving tourism?

    Man o man, I can never figure out the BTA!

    From the Hull study…

    In the absence of formal statistics for diving in Barbados
    , Schuhmann et al. [21] reported between 30,000 and 50,000 divers visiting the island per year. Using our data that suggests 2.75 dives on artificial reefs per visit, we can estimate that between 82,500 and 1.38 million dives take place on local artificial reefs per annum. Whilst these figures are encouraging, they may in part reflect the behavioral practice of local diving schools that often divide a two-tank dive between each habitat type (Personal observation), though some divers may request specific reefs to dive on (i.e. natural reefs only). For conservation reasons, the practice of diving schools routinely visiting both reef habitats per trip should be encouraged. Our results suggest that no significant loss in diver satisfaction would occur by using artificial reefs locally. Indeed, artificial reefs can in some instances be more popular than natural reefs, as other Caribbean diving destinations have recorded higher levels of artificial reef usage compared with natural reef dive sites. For example, in the British Virgin Islands, Hime [68] quoted diving figures for the Bow of the RMS Rhone as being 5,270 dives per year, representing four times as many dives undertaken in comparison to the busiest local natural reef.

  3. maggadog

    maybe, we can now find a good use for Liat

  4. Where is Sam Lord when you need him.

  5. Mr Coco

    Caymans has USS Kittiwake which is an amazingly fun dive. Would be great if Bim could get something like that.

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  7. Just saying

    There are several wrecks deliberately sunk off of Barbados already. The largest of these is the 300ft Stavronikita off of Paynes Bay/Prospect. The Pamir is off of almond beach at Heywoods, there are at least 3 that I know of in Carlisle Bay and I believe their eis another Pamir sized one off the South coast. The Stavronikita is one of the top rated wrecks in the Caribbean

  8. Just saying


    Above is the page at the BTA web address detailing all the major dive sites including the wrecks.

  9. Caroline Walsh & Peter Botley

    As regular divers to Barbados (at least 5 times a year) what a brilliant suggestion, we have been saying it for years. We dive with Roger at Roger’s Scuba Shack and the diving is good but the site’s could be a lot better. Even just a couple of wreck’s could make all the difference and with the International Dive Show coming up in February 14 at the Excel Centre in London. “what are you waiting for” Get it done.
    Caroline & Peter Botley

  10. Ocean Blue

    just heard that an old cargo ship that was anchored of Carlisle bay for years sank last night, hope its not 2 deep.