Every year we organise our annual Action Scuba beach clean-up, which we hold on one of our biggest course certification weekends of the year. We encourage our divers, including those newly certified, to come out and dive, and clean-up our training area (Centeen Park in Brockville). This year was our most successful year, and we'd love to share some of our learnings with you.
At all of our events we offer a BBQ and tons of door prizes. In past years, we offered these for free to reward our divers for participating in the clean-up.
We had another successful underwater cleanup on Saturday. Twelve of us divers cleaned up different parts of the little pond in Morton Park, MA that we have worked on for 13 years and brought up a lot of trash!
In addition to the usual items marked on the data card we found a bicycle seat and a 10lb weight (almost 200 lbs of debris in all).
Thanks to all the divers that made a differece this weekend.
On September 12th, Thresher Shark Divers on Malapascua Island in the Philippines participated Project Aware's Dive Against Debris Marine Cleanup and Survey. We had a great turn out of 19 participants that helped clean Bounty Beach and dive site Bakhaw. On the beach we found everything from cigarette filters, food wrappers, bottle caps and bottles, and enough old flip flops to fill a women's closet.
A quick check on the weather confirms no wind.Perfect day to take out the boat to one of Bahrains finest dive spots, Abulthama. My 5 divers are excited.I quickly brief them on boat and dive procedures with a quick reminder that its September Debris Month of Action and any debris we find while diving has to come up.
On 1 & 2 September 2012 we have successfully conducted a series of Dive Against Debris at the Kepulauan Seribu (Thousand Islands) area of the Jakarta Bay. There were 20 people altogether, out of which 14 were divers joining the dives while the rest did their part at the beach. Among the divers, there was Ms. Farah Zesa, the second runner-up of Miss Scuba Indonesia (www.missscubaindonesia.com) joining the party.
As an inland dive centre, Planet Scuba India can only support Project AWARE's Dive Against Debris effort when we are on one of our Dive Trips and so we duly arranged an event on our Maldives Liveaboard trip last week.
13 divers, including 3 from atlantic Scuba went into the waters at Swanpool Beach and recovered 88 items weighing just over 12kg. 8 carrier bags, 17 golf balls, fishing line and drinks cans were just some of the items recovered.
We are already thinking of another for next month.