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Sailing and Boating Survey 2012

In March 2012 Sea-Changers conducted an online survey aimed at the sailing public. We wanted to find out if those who enjoy sailing as a leisure pursuit are concerned about the marine environment and conservation issues. The results have been fascinating and give useful insights and pointers as to the views of the sailing community. For details of our methodology and the full results of the survey, download PDF here. If you would like to talk to us about the survey in more detail please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 To whet your appetite here are some key headlines that came out of the survey:

  • There is evidence of growing concern about the marine environment over the last 5 years, with sailors noticing more marine pollution and litter.
  • Sailors associate the most serious marine issues with those caused by industry and commerce, rather than with their leisure activities.
  • When sailors were asked to identify what they consider to be the main environmental impacts of sailing, half identified marine litter as a key impact.
  • Sailors who answered the Sea-Changers survey tend to feel that they are doing all they can to minimise their environmental impact, but they are not so convinced that the wider sailing community is as caring or conscious about the marine environment.
  • Sailors are keen to support businesses that are giving something back to the marine  environment.

Sea-Changers will be using the survey findings to inform recruitment of sailing retailers as Sea-Changers businesses, as well as effectively targeting future fundraising campaigns with the sailing community.


Diving Community Survey 2012

In July 2012 Sea-Changers commissioned an online survey aimed at the scuba diving public. We wanted to find out if those who enjoy diving as a leisure pursuit are concerned about the marine environment and conservation issues. The results have been fascinating and provide useful insights and pointers as to the views and first hand experiences of those closest to what is happening in our oceans – the only people who are seeing it with their own eyes– scuba divers.

For details of our methodology and the full results of the survey download the PDF. If you would like to talk to us about the survey in more details please get in touch at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Here are some key headlines that came out of the survey:

  • Three quarters of divers describe themselves as ‘very concerned’ about marine conservation issues.
  • There is evidence of growing concern about the marine environment over the last 5 years, and high proportions of divers say that they are seeing less fish and more marine pollution and litter when they dive.
  • When divers are asked to identify what they consider to be the main environmental impacts of their sport, 3 in 5 (62%) identify ‘damage to delicate marine environment through poor buoyancy control’.
  • Divers say that they are keen to minimise their own environmental impact and 93% say they would actively choose businesses that are working to protect the marine environment.
  • Over three quarters (78%) of divers that took part in the survey agreed that they “would be prepared to pay a small donation (e.g. £1, $1, €1) each time they dive, to protect the marine environment.” This is a particularly encouraging finding for Sea-Changers since this kind of fundraising model is the charity’s primary approach to raising funds for marine conservation projects.

Sea-Changers will be using the survey findings to inform recruitment of diving businesses as Sea-Changers partners, as well as effectively targeting future fundraising campaigns with the scuba diving community.

 

Surfing Survey March 2013

In January 2013  Sea-Changers conducted an online survey in collaboration with Surfers Against Sewage, aimed at the surfing public. The survey was completed by 300 surfers. The survey aimed to find out if those who enjoy surfing as a leisure pursuit are concerned about the marine environment andconservation issues.   The results have been fascinating and give useful insights and pointers as to the views of the surfing community. For details of our methodology and the full results of the survey, download PDF here. If you would like to talk to us about the survey in more detail please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The key headlines from the survey were:

  • Over three quarters of surfers (77%) describe themselves as ‘very  concerned’ about marine conservation issues.
  • 94% of surfers believe pollution from sewage outlets to be a quite / very serious problem. 
  • 98% of surfers believe marine litter to be a quite / very serious  problem.
  • 92% of surfers believe inappropriate coastal development to be a quite /very serious problem. 
  • There is evidence of growing concern about the marine environment  over the last 5 years, and high proportions of surfers say that they  are seeing more sewage and pollution (60%) and litter (73%) when they  surf.
  • Surfers say that they are keen to minimise their own environmental  impact and 95% say they would actively choose businesses that are  working to protect the marine environment. Over half (54%) of surfers  that took part in the survey agreed that they would even be “prepared  to pay a small donation (e.g. £1, $1, €1) each time they go surfing, to  protect the marine environment.”

Sea-Changers believes that the results of this survey represent a growing desire among UK surfers and other sea-users to see much more being done to protect the marine environment enjoyed by so many. The charity hopes surfing businesses will see the results of this survey as a
strong reason to get involved with marine conservation and to become Sea-Changers partners. The survey will also help Sea-Changers to target fundraising in ways that really connect with the surfing community.

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