We raised $400 through our BBQ & raffle at our annual Dive Against Debris event this weekend. We had some awesome weather and a great turnout - 45 attendees removed a lot of trash (including 77 golf balls and a full set of clubs. Clearly someone had a bad game).
Our new mesh bags were a big hit and so useful, we had several people ask to buy them.
We also held a few related specialty courses (buoyancy for example) and will issue some certs as part of our 100% AWARE partnership.
September being Debris Month of Action, candidates at the Kota Kinabalu Instructor Examination did their share during their Open Water session to clean up the unusual amount of trash that washed up on the beach due to the high tides of the month.
Thank you to IE candidates Mohsen Kariminia, Roberto De Cave, Hannah Gee, Liau Fung Yung, Rayner Petrus, Kaman NG, Samuel Gee, Course Directors Richard Swann and Chong Hion Hoak, PADI Examiner Mario Beaucage and all the staff at DownBelow for doing what everybody should do: Care for our environment and get involved.
Only divers have the skills to remove underwater marine debris so on Sunday 8th September 2013 at 5pm, 21 local divers got together for a Dive Against Debris event at Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas. The location was the coral reef surrounding the Anthony Bell shipwreck. Divers, working in teams, removed roughly 70lbs of debris including fishing line, lures, hooks, foam insulation, plastic pipes, plastic fragments, beverage bottles, rope, cloth and metal items.
On September 28, 2013, Green Smile, a NGO focusing in environmental protection will conduct a coastal clean-up action together with us.
The action will involve 100 divers to take part in the underwater clean-up and around 400 people to participate in the beach clean-up action, making total of 500 participants altogether. Together with this effort, Green Smile (www.greensmile.or.id) will also perform a campaign to fight marine debris at Jakarta's main road on September 15, 2013. With this effort we wish to gain more public awareness towards clean ocean and our future.
Our FINathon, Swimming Against Finning, went really well! We were able to raise almost $1800!!
Not enough for a full head of aqua (Miranda was aiming for $1K before she would die her hair aqua) since she was a smidgeon short, but the store did raised over $1,000, so there are talks with her hair dresser about an aqua chunk/slice/section or some other similar consolation coloring.
On Sept 1st 2013 The Northeast Aquanauts Dive Club joined efforts with The NYSD & The NYPD to do our part for our dive site. Beach 6th Street in far Rockaway is our clubs home for local shore diving and since SANDY hit Long Island our dive site was in bad shape. Our members cleared over 2000 pounds of sand off the traffic circle and sifted the trash from that sand then properly relocated the sand.
September begins! Unfortunately despite all of our preparations to start our underwater cleaning the sea had other ideas ... the Northern wind is back and the waves are now a few meters high. Since we had two repeat customers who wanted to dive one more morning with us, we decided to give it a go and went out on the boat earlier this morning. Silva Reef was our best protected option for dive sites, but still the visibility was down to less than 5 meters with a lot of surge.