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Brisbane Wetsuit Walk

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With a possible high of 28 °C on Saturday 10th November, Brisbane Australia, you’d expect to find most people in the water, especially if they’re wearing wetsuits.  But the first Brisbane Wetsuit Walk will see hundreds of divers walk the city streets in their wetsuits to raise awareness for sharks.  They’re taking on the job of positive publicist for sharks everywhere.

“The Brisbane Wetsuit Walk promises to be a fun day, with families and all ages welcome. We hope it will be inspiring, to get people interested and aware of what is happening in our oceans in a fun environment which will see a lot the Brisbane dive community band together to promote sharks and act as their positive PR, giving sharks a much needed image make-over,” said Miguel Garrido of Snorkel Safari.

“We’re inviting people to join the walk and become a positive shark promoter by wearing a wetsuit, which can be unzipped (to keep cool) or even boardies, to create a visual sensation as the Brisbane Wetsuit Walk makes its way through the Brisbane CBD,” added Miguel.

Organisers will use the walk as an opportunity to talk to the public about the important role sharks play in the ecosystem. The walkers plan to dispel some of the negative views and media hype towards sharks.

“Most divers get excited at the word ‘shark’ and diving with sharks is common practice in the dive community, as they are such amazing creatures to interact with. The general public, however, are conditioned to believe sharks are scary but anyone who has ever dived with them knows different,” said Miguel.

Several Brisbane dive schools front the Brisbane Wetsuit Walk, including Snorkel Safari Brisbane, Dive World, Adreno, Brisbane Freedivers and the University of Queensland Dive Club.

All walkers will sign the Project AWARE Shark petition on registration. Interested in doing more for sharks? Sign the petition, do the AWARE Shark Conservation Course, check out our Shark Action Kit today.

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