Basking Shark Scotland are members of Wild Scotland. This a nature tourism body for Scotland and we use their standards and guidelines for all our operations around Scotland’s wildlife. Wild Scotland’s members operate on the following principles ;
- Minimising any negative impact on local nature and culture.
- Promoting knowledge and respect for nature and communities and supporting local economies.
- Investing in enhancing Scotland’s natural heritage and improving environmental performance.
We are registered BSAC Snorkelling Centre No:191, meaning we have national accreditation for snorkel training and experiences. Shane is an Advanced Instructor & First Class Diver.
Our operations are WISE Master accredited. WISE is the body set up to ensure wildlife operators act with the highest knowledge, respect and appropriate behaviour around marine wildlife. Along with our other environmental credentials, we ensure that we adhere to and demonstrate best environmental practice.
We are honoured to be part of the Global Shark Diving Alliance. This is a group of shark businesses around the world that are striving to be the best in their fields. All the businesses have the following commitments:
- Safety is a primary concern
- Dedication to conservation
- Support & facilitate research.
Have a look at the website and the Global Shark family here.
Through the Visit Scotland tourism authority, we have been assessed and graded on a variety of criteria to review our tours. This includes having a mystery visitor on our tours to ensure impartial assessment. We are very proud to list that we achieved the highest 5* award rating under ‘wildlife experience’ which reflects the hard work of our staff and the quality of our products, boats and gear. For more information about tourism and visiting Scotland – see the Visit Scotland website here.
A big success for us in 2018, was progressing through the entry, heats and then the final of the Scottish Edge competition. This is a Dragon’s Den style, business pitching competition. In the final round, you give a business pitch in front of a packed theatre audience and judging panel and are then questioned on all aspects of your ideas. We were delighted to make our way through some very stiff competition to become the winner.
The award helped us refit our original vessel, Cearban Beag, you can see more about our boats here.
We are a USEA Centre and Shane is also a USEA Master. USEA is the Undersea Soft Encounter Alliance. An international organisation of marine animal professionals who have committed to the soft encounter approach for interactions with marine mammals. We use this approach with our seal interactions.
In 2018 we were awarded the ‘Best Outdoor/ Adventure Experience’ at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards. Of course, we were delighted to be recognised for this award given the prestigious businesses and organisations in the area running great experiences.
We put a lot of effort into making our tours high quality, having good kit, amazing staff and investing in our business.