It was a rainy and cloudy morning on 5th September 2011. It was also an early 7am start on the 'day of rest' a Sunday! We packed up our car with diving gear and headed for the Jurassic Coastal town of Swanage, hoping that the sun would come out to play!
Our plan was to go diving and collect as much rubbish as we possibly could. Suited and booted, we took a long stride into the water and as we did, the sun appeared! Yey!
Each dive buddy pair took a mesh bag down with them. When the bubbles started to appear and the divers arrived back to land, the mesh bags came up only half full. Surprisingly, the ocean was pretty clean from debris, which was a fantastic thing!
However, we did manage to bring up over 50 huge screws, 40 medium size ones, a tyre, some plastic, glass and wood and lots of rope and fishing line. We also saved a seagull, it fell in the bin before we arrived. We saw some movement in there and to our surprise there was a huge seagull!
Fun was had by all and we went for a well deserved pint after the dive!
Thanks PADI EMEA team, Project AWARE divers and the West Country team, can't wait to Dive Against Debris again!