Our divers had a great day on Saturday at our annual Underwater Clean Up at Petone Wharf, Wellington, NZ. The sun was shining and the water was still in double figures - only just at 10 degrees! One of my Dive Master trainees helped to organise the event & briefed the 15 divers and 6 other volunteers who attended the event.
As the weather cleared up on a casual Sunday evening, August 21, fourteen strangers gathered to share an experience which unknowingly created a sense of purpose in the world, and bonds that would last forever. The busy dive shop provided a place to meet, the ocean provided the site, the divers provided the passion to protect it.
We were delighted to receive joint 3rd in the recent Global Scavenger Hunt and so I started badgering all the English newspapers in Malta in the hope that someone would realise the importance of this award. Our friends at Gozo News published the article (as they always do) but then there was silence.
Our July Project AWARE beach clean up at our beach house dive centre on Gaya Island in Kota Kinabalu was a 329kg success! That's how much rubbish our 30 volunteers removed from the beaches, mangroves and shallow reefs near the dive centre.
Weekends have passed. It was the cheerful holiday. The big company of the friends, interesting dives, cheerful competitions.
As usual unexpected finds... This time we have found a parachute. Thank God that without the parachutist.
The lake has appeared pure enough. Therefore competition on garbage gathering was won by a command "Surfacers". We are glad that could to collect a little more garbage.
"Old Navy Day has gone right! MORE
Waiting at the pier for some friends to arrive on Koh Tao last week, I noticed an overwhelming amount of garbage under and around the beach where most visitors arrive and depart from our little island. It doesn’t seem right that the first thing they experience is the filth of the main pier so we decided to start our monthly clean up there.
Our next AWARE kids class covered Kelp... a tricky one to explain to kids in Fiji, but the girls did a great job! We decided the best thing was to combine it with a beach clean up... so they reinforced the importance of the ocean ecosystem and our human affect on them - including our rubbish that ends up in the sea. The kids seemed to have a great time!
My husband and I opened a brand new dive centre Bubbles, in Gozo, Malta on 06 July 2011. Less than 2 weeks later we organised and participated in our first Dive Against Debris event. The dive centre team and 4 customers spent an hour in clearing debris in Marsalforn Bay which resulted in 25 kilos of wa