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Our Fin-a-thon was a huge success.  Our fin-a-thoners ranged from 4 years old to 60.  We had one swimmer who did the back stroke for nearly 3 hours covering nearly 2 miles in the water.  Two other divers spent the full three hours on scuba on the bottom of the pool (basically watching the swimmers go by).  Our mascot “Bruce” who greets everyone in our shop was the driving force behind the whole event :)

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Not only did I gather signatures for Project AWARE's shark petition during this month's Dive Against Debris event but the group was featured in the Hawaii Army Weekly (http://www.hawaiiarmyweekly.com/2012/03/16/soldiers-volunteer-for-sandy-cleanup/) for our efforts.

Being a scuba diver, I'm passionate about the underwater world and want to do what I can to help protect it so I've started organizing events through project AWARE.

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Students at Amnuay Silpa School, Bangkok, Thailand collected over 100 signatures for the Sharks in Peril Petition.  

As part of Green club ran by www.kohtaoseals.com owner IDC Staff Instructor Joey Curbishley students created a stand to show their work and at the lunch hour spoke to all the staff and got their signature for Sharks in Peril.

Students also made a Big Shark Out poster that fellow students wrote messages about sharks and were given stickers to raise even further awareness.  

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It was an action-packed weekend for the divers at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya island, who assembled to remove another discarded net from our beloved TAR Park in Kota Kinabalu.

After reporting the net and obtaining the relevant permissions, resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann assembled members from our staff team and Go Pro interns to attack the net.

The net removal procedure was explained to the team in a thorough, tailored dive briefing, after which they set off to the site to do the needful.

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As part of Dive Academy’s strong commitment to the international Project Aware programme we teamed up with one of our local schools BSA (British School of Alicante) to do a beach clean up at San Gabriel beach near Alicante.

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On Sunday 19th February we held DIVE FOR DEBRIS in partnership with Project AWARE.
Divers came and joined us on a clean up operation at one of our local diving sites, Manly Cove, inbetween Manly Wharf and Oceanworld.
As well as divers two representatives from The Two Hands project came down to help with cleaning up the beach and surrounding area.
www.twohandsproject.org

In total 1140 individual items of rubbish were collected, heres just a snippet of those items - MORE

Underwater Vision's 2nd Dive Against Debris day was a success.  The 5 participants started early, at 7am, when we headed out to the dive site here on Utila.  The excitement ran high and we were ready for the day. 

Due to the pleasant weather we'd had over the past few weeks before our event, we did not find as much debris as we thought we would.  While being a bit disappointed about the little amount of debris found, we were nevertheless glad to find our reef less cluttered then we initially had expected.  

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The Calypso Diving team got together for a Dive Against Debris on our White Beach house reef this Sunday at 1pm. Our two PADI Divemaster interns commencing their pro training joined us for their first Project AWARE dive. During the dive, we were pleased to see some lovely sightings on the house reef, including two pairs of robust ghost pipefish and a seahorse! Within an hour the team had also collected an estimated 7 - 8 kgs of trash ranging from plastic and tin cans to a lens cap and a bracelet.

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Another successful day here on Koh Tao. On the 28th of January 14 instructors, DMT's and fun divers conducted a land and underwater clean-up of over 2 and a half hours, covering 4,500 square meters and collecting over 50 kilos of trash! One exciting observation was only 3 batteries were collected. Does this mean that batteries are being disposed of in the proper way? We hope so!

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Volvo Ocean Race hosts a beautifying beach clean with an artistic difference

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