Angela Petines, the CEO of Reef Nomads, a skin diving group that aims to get more people in the water so they may grow to care more about marine life. Ever since it started 4 years ago, they have been making marine conservation enjoyable, accessible, and personal. People are taught safe and responsible tour practices while having fun.
Part of Reef Nomad’s profits goes to funding Angela’s other commitment, Batang VIP, a marine conservation through fisherfolk empowerment in the Verde Island Passage: the epicenter of marine biodiversity in the world. Her project involves a series of training seminars and workshops to build the capacity of the Verde Island Passage community to run a community-based eco-tourism. This includes diving certification, emergency response and first aid, coral reef and fish identification workshops, leadership and empowerment, and financial literacy.