Thomas Koch’s Aqua Hands hosted a FINathon fundraiser event on December 7, 2014 at the beautiful Long Center Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida. In attendance were seventeen children and their parents and everyone had a grand time, both in and out of the pool! They were pleasantly surprised by the famous Phinley, the mascot of the Clearwater Threshers baseball team. He has made a promise to return for the second annual Aqua Hands FINathon in 2015 and it is hoped his appearance will eventually become a tradition.
This was Co.Co Dive’ s first Finathon and also a first ever in Sarawak. It was a cold and wet start to the day, we were at the dive shop at 5am collecting everything we needed for the day to ensure the children would be comfortable for their swim; masks, snorkels, fins & wetsuits.
As we arrived at the school it was pitch black the rain had let up slightly so we we’re a little happier. Joanna, from Project Aware, had called the day before and promised me that the sun always shines for these events so my fingers were crossed. MORE
Today was a great opportunity to give something back to Wellers Rock, one of our main training sites, by participating in Dive Otago's Dive Against Debris and Specialty Course. 20 divers braved a ominous looking forecast to do their bit to preserve our marine environment. Of those 20, 4 of us took the extra challenge of completing the Dive Against Debris Specialty course.
LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA -- 80 volunteers consisting of local divers, snorkelers, surfers, students and beach-goers participated in the first annual Harvest Pier Clean-Up to help support the Project AWARE movement for a trash free ocean and environment. Volunteers above and below water collected over 300 pounds of trash! The 2 hour event was held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 on and below Anglin’s Fishing Pier in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and was organized by ‘SOS Ocean Clean-Up’ and ‘Gold Coast Scuba.’
We had the biggest turn out ever for a Dive Against Debris on Saturday 27th September with 34 Divers helping out. We had to take out two boats to Palace Wall and all the divers spread out to cover as much of the area as possible. A big thanks to Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas for supplying the boats, gear and crew including captains Carl & Dexter and Instructors Terri, Gigi, Katie and Charlotte.
As part of our commitment to a clean environment and Project Awares September 'Dive Against Debris' month, we took a team of our Divemasters in training, Divemasters and Instructors to a local beach area on Utila on Monday 29th September for a clean up.
The pier has a small current but we managed to get out early and have a great event. We had over 65 participants, 41 divers, 9 kayakers, St Pete Fire Department Divers (with van and boat), and almost 20 cleanup and data collector volunteers.
"Sasamat Lake has to be the dirties lake in BC" says Les Newman, owner of Langley Diving and PADI Course Director. "We have been coming here every fall for years and this year we set out to have more people, bringing out more garbage, raising more money for Project AWARE than ever before."