We did it. Our team not only surveyed our local underwater environment at Bala Falls to remove and report the data on the debris we found but we sold tickets to the action to raise funds for Project AWARE Foundation.
A huge thanks to the team of volunteers making a diferent in our local community but also globally through the work of Project AWARE Foundation.
So, we have just completed our Dive Against Debris in the upper reaches of the Waikato River between Cheery Island and Reids Farm in Taupo. This has to be one of the most beautiful areas of New Zealand with the town wrapped around the northern part of the spectacular Lake Taupo and the snow covered mountains creating a great backdrop at the southern end.
So our second major cleanup took place on Friday, September 25th at the Jay Street Bridge in Lock Haven. Four years ago this area was cleaned and since then a number of storms with high water brought back enough material to warrant another cleanup.
On Sunday, September 20, 2015 in Torbole sul Garda the third edition of the event Leave Your Finstep was held. AMBIENTE ACQUA, PADI IDC 5 star dive centre organized it in partnership with the city of Torbole on Garda Lake.
It was a day dedicated to the ecological cleaning of the seabed.
The event has counted the participation of about 60 people, including more than 50 divers who dived to engage actively in the collection of waste.
Our new Divemasters organised and ran our big clean up event at Seaview Marina.
The morning weather was cold and once the hail started we wondered if our divers would show up - but of course they did. They figured it would be warmer underwater than staying on the surface.
What an awesome effort! Between 5 divers; in 90 minutes, we pulled out 20 cans, 16 straws, 1 knife, 1 spear shaft, 1 fishing rod and reel, 2 knife scabbards, 5 plastic cups, 7lbs of lead, 5 thongs, 1 bong, 1 syringe, 142 assorted glass bottles, 3 bottle fragments, 25 assorted plastic bags, 1/2 a rugby jersey, partial engine/motor block approx 4km fishing line, a pair of sunglasses, assorted hooks and fishing lures. It filled up an entire wheelie bin!
The Dive Against Debris on Saturday 22nd August at Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas was a huge success! We had 27 volunteers come along and had perfect Caribbean weather; Sunny and calm. The divers brought up a variety of debris including fish traps and rope. Fishing line was the most frequent piece of trash that was brought up, 83 pieces in total! The combined weight of all the trash was around 45 lbs.
After the dive the atmosphere was jovial, people chatted and joked, lots of jumping into the ocean and having fun! The whole boat had a great time.
On May 28th 2015 at Poni Divers Brunei we ran our first ever Dive Against Debris Specialty Course!
The dives were led by PADI Master Instructor Johnny Hayward with assistance from PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Selina Tang.
In total we had 4 student divers take the course: Dave Mitchell, Kieran White & Andrew Mead who are all working towards their PADI Master Scuba Diver Certification, and Colin Mead who is already certified as PADI Divemaster.