You're fed up with seeing our beaches covered in litter. You're ready and willing to take action to combat the growing influx of trash under the ocean waves. Your dive gear bag is packed and you're ready to go.
Follow these steps to make your Dive Against Debris action a success.
Step 1: Prep for Your Dive
Get familiar with important data collection protocols before you dive. If we don't measure the rubbish in our ocean, we can't manage it. Read the Self Study Guide to get your dive and data right.
•Data Card - Use this data card before and after your dive to record information about your dive site and debris items found.
• ID Guide - This guide helps you identify and accurately report underwater debris.
• Frequently Asked Questions - Learn how your dive makes a real difference in the fight against marine debris.
Step 2: Make Your Data Count
You're out of the water, you've separated your trash and recorded your data. Now head online to make your dive and your data count. Submitting data is absolutely critical to the success of the Dive Against Debris program. Submit data now.
Step 3: Share Your Story
Celebrate your success! Share your Dive Against Debris story on your My Ocean profile, your own website and social networks. Spread the word! Rubbish doesn't belong in the ocean. Tell everyone you know about marine debris and its impacts.
Organizing a Dive Against Debris Event?
Step 1: Put Your Event on the Map
If you're a dive center or community group promote your next event on the action map. Visit the Action Zone to add your Dive Against Debris. You must be logged in to add your event. Log into My Ocean or create an account here.
Step 2: Plan and Promote Your Event
• This Step-By-Step Guide (PDF) provides tips on how to get started planning your event.
• Use this Event Checklist (PDF) to make sure all your Dive Against Debris bases are covered leading up to your dive.
• Use badges and banners on your website to promote your dive shop’s support for a clean, healthy ocean.
• Personalize the Dive Against Debris Event Poster (PDF) and display in your dive shop.
•Sample press release (MS WORD). Make sure your Dive Against Debris is in the news by distributing a press release to local papers.
•Liability release form (PDF) for volunteers to sign before the dive.
•Reward your volunteers with the Dive Against Debris Certificate
Got questions or feedback about your Dive Against Debris experience? We want to hear it! Please contact us at DiveAgainstDebris@projectaware.org.