We’ve adopted a Dive Site with Project Aware!

Project AWARE is a global movement of scuba divers protecting our ocean planet – one dive at a time. Focused on the critical issues of Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris, Project AWARE empowers thousands of divers in more than 180 countries to work together for a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet.

Dive Against Debris is a cause which is very dear to our hearts here at Divewise.

DIVEWISE is proud to Adopt a Dive Site with Project AWARE, Harnessing the unique underwater skill set of the scuba diving community, Adopt a Dive Site empowers dive leaders around the globe to engage in ongoing, local protection of our underwater playgrounds. As a Dive Centre we were always aware that our oceans need protecting, so improving the health of our ocean ecosystem through volunteering efforts when we can is no new concept to us…..

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As part of our commitment to Project AWARE’s flagship citizen-science program, DIVEWISE carries out monthly Dive Against Debris surveys, reporting types and quantities of marine debris found underwater each month from our adopted dive site: DIVEWISE HOUSE REEF. We adopted the reef outside our dive centre, due to the closeness of Mercanti Reef, often gets rubbish trapped inside when the waves and wind come from the east. Our repeated marine debris surveys help improve the health of local ocean ecosystems. More importantly, the data we submit to Project AWARE provides much-needed information about marine debris to help drive policy change. Together, DIVEWISE and other Adopt a Dive Site participants around the world build a strong and vibrant community of Dive Against Debris activists. Help us ignite a new wave of stewardship – join us!

To adopt a dive site, it is definitely good to have Dive Against Debris experience. Our very own Howard Shaw became Dive Against Debris Instructor in Dec 2015. Which in turn paved the way for us to adopt the location around our house reef.

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Dive Against Debris flagship citizen-science program that empowers scuba divers to remove marine debris from the ocean and report data on the types, quantities and locations of materials collected. As the only underwater debris data collection program of its kind, Dive Against Debris both improves the health of ocean ecosystems through localized volunteer efforts and provides valuable information about underwater debris to help inform policy change.

The Idea of Dive Against Debris is to remove rubbish from the sea which we, as a Dive Centre we’ve always done. The rubbish which is collected is then sorted so information can be uploaded to Project Aware. The information gathered is then processed and used to evaluate the biggest worries of the debris collected. This in turn helps us to lobby governments so that changes can be made.

There is a slate to record all the rubbish collected and information booklets on how to segregate the rubbish; what to remove and what not to remove.
 Project Aware Information Book
To kickstart the Dive Against Debris process, we organised a clean up on the 8th of  December as part of Project Aware week and uploaded the information on what we collected. We also made 7 people into Dive Against Debris divers and Sarah and Prescillia into Dive Against Debris instructors. Hopefully other instructors will follow as part of our staff development programme.
You can now do a Dive Against Debris dive as part of the Advanced Open Water Course, if you, as a student, are keen on environmental issues, this is something you definitely should look into with us! The instructors for this dive must be a Dive Against Debris Instructor, so having Sarah and Prescillia become instructors was a great choice overall, for both the centre and our students.
This is really important as we are now a PADI 100% Project AWARE Dive Centre, so we will be supporting Project Aware by having adopted our dive site and encouraging divers to contributeto this charity by donating to Project Aware and receiving a PADI Aware card for all their certifications.
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