AWARE Dive Against Debris
Scuba divers have cleaned debris from underwater environments for decades. But despite our best efforts, the trash from our daily lives keeps piling up.
Created by divers for divers, this global, underwater survey of rubbish, is designed to increase debris removal efforts, prevent harm to marine life and connect your underwater actions to policy changes and prevention.
Don't let your dives go to waste! Grab your mesh bag, scuba gear and a data card. Take a giant stride and Dive Against Debris.
What Will I Learn?
Marine debris, or rubbish in the ocean, kills tens of thousands of marine animals and seabirds every year. It destroys habitats, damages infrastructure, makes beaches unattractive and dangerous to visit and is costly to remove. During one open water training dive, you'll learn how to:
- - Explain and define marine debris
- - Describe the pathways taken by rubbish to the ocean
- - Explain changes needed to stop rubbish from entering the ocean and how divers are driving change through Dive Against Debris
- - Outline considerations for creating a survey dive profile
- - Identify criteria for deciding when objects should not be removed from underwater
- - Describe the five steps to record and report findings from a survey dive