MAKING DIVES COUNT BY REMOVING TRASH
COLLECTING TRASH AND DATA FOR RESEARCH AND CHANGE
We care deeply about the ocean and diving with a purpose makes a scuba dive even more fun!
By organizing regular Dive Against Debris underwater clean ups, we are reaching out to likeminded divers to come and help remove potentially deadly debris, thus playing our part by making the environment a cleaner and safer place for marine life.
Teaching the PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty is a great way to educate and open divers eyes to ocean debris issues.
HOW DOES IT WORK ?
Preparation is key for a Dive Against Debris. We plan ahead and make sure we bring all the equipment we need.
With our dive equipment, we head out on the boat to a dive site, considering reports of trash or weather conditions.
In different small groups, we scuba dive in different directions for about 60 minutes to cover a large area of the site.
Once back onto the boat, we separate the trash found and record it on the Dive Against Debris slate to be submitted online.
WHY DO WE CONDUCT DIVE AGAINST DEBRIS ?
Dive Against Debris is one of our favorite activities as it includes two important parts:
The first part is diving and removing debris, which is very much like an underwater treasure hunt, as you never know what you’re going to find.
The second part of the activity involves sorting, recording, weighing, disposing and reporting your marine debris to the PADI AWARE Foundation.
This helps reveal the extent of the global marine debris crisis. Without this valuable data, scientists and conservationists cannot advocate for change.
DIVE AGAINST DEBRIS FACTS
Every day, around 8 million pieces of plastic makes their way into our oceans, of which 70% sinks to the seafloor.
Humans are the source of all marine debris, either through accident, carelessness or purposeful dumping.
Research has now shown that marine debris affects 693 different marine species. All known sea turtle species, over half marine mammal species and almost two thirds of all seabird species, have ingested or become entangled in marine debris.
GET INVOLVED !
Do you want to make a difference on every dive?
Then why not join one of our Dive Against Debris surveys, or even better, sign up for the Dive Against Debris Specialty course and help tackle marine debris issues head on.
There is something special about being able to protect what you love.
Join the world’s largest underwater citizen science database and movement for marine debris on the planet.
GET MORE INFO !
If you have questions, about any of our projects, citizen science, research, volunteering, internships or training.
Please get in touch with us!