2021 PADI AWARE Dive Against Debris

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston is delighted to announce a new partnership with Neptune & Salacia DivingSwim Drink FishSandy Pines Wildlife Centre and Turtles Kingston for participation in PADI Aware’s Dive Against Debris on Saturday 9 October from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Marine Museum’s 55 Ontario Street location. Full event details found here.
Created by divers for divers, Dive Against Debris® turns your underwater cleanup into a marine debris survey. Divers have a proud history of removing rubbish from the oceans, rivers and lakes, but despite our best efforts the trash keeps piling up. In response, Project AWARE created Dive Against Debris®, a global survey of underwater rubbish in our oceans and fresh waters.
The Marine Museum, Swim Drink Fish, Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre and Turtles Kingston will have booths set-up at the event for the public to learn more about their vital work in protecting our freshwater ecosystems and how we can help spread awareness and take action.COVID-19 protocols will be in place based on Province of Ontario regulations at the time. The public is asked to respect these protocols for the safety and enjoyment of all participants.
For anyone interested in participating, here’s how you can get involved;

  • On-shore: the Museum and its partners invite members of the public to become a Project AWARE Specialist by volunteering their time to help with the clean-up on-shore.
  • In the water: divers must have specific qualifications and certificates. To find out if you can participate as a diver, contact Guillaume at neptunesalaciadiving@gmail.com

By working together, Project AWARE volunteers are playing a major role in keeping our oceans and lakes clean and healthy. In Kingston, this event was first run in 2019 at the Gord Downie Pier in Breakwater Park with great success. Almost 800lbs of debris was collected from the water thanks to 16 divers and over 25 volunteers. Once separated, garbage and recycling were taken to the Kingston Garbage and Recycling Centre. Any bottles were exchanged for money that was donated to the CFB Kingston Dolphin SCUBA Club. This year any funds will be donated to our non-for-profit partners.
For more information please contact Guillaume Courcy, Owner and Operator of Neptune & Salacia Diving. 613-777-6698 / neptunesalaciadiving@gmail.com.

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