With Earth Day April 22nd fast approaching, this month we’re celebrating all the actions we take to tackle rubbish!
Every year tens of thousands of marine animals and seabirds die from eating or getting tangled up in marine debris – or trash in the ocean. Marine debris also damages habitats, makes coastal areas unattractive to visit and is expensive to remove. As much as seventy percent of the rubbish entering our ocean sinks to the seafloor; only divers have the skills to tackle underwater marine debris.
Tens of Thousands Marine animals and seabirds die every year
To make long-term improvements individuals, businesses and governments need to make changes that stop rubbish from entering the ocean. For the best results, these changes must be driven by an accurate picture of the extent of the marine debris problem. By completing the Dive Against Debris surveys you and your students help build that picture from an underwater perspective. The data you collect through Dive Against Debris helps drive changes that protect marine life and marine environments.
Dive Against Debris surveys and the data submitted are essential to help drive change
The course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to complete Dive Against Debris surveys including the removal of marine debris underwater, and reporting the data online. Dive Against Debris surveys and the data submitted are essential to help drive change and inform policy. Completing regular Dive Against Debris surveys at the same location over time is the best way to build a comprehensive database and identify hotspot areas where waste management needs to be prioritized. Use this course to build a team of surveyors who regularly complete Dive Against Debris surveys. Knowledge development can be delivered as a classroom presentation or through independent study using the Dive Against Debris Survey Guide. There is one training dive required for PADI certification. The time normally spent delivering a second training dive on most Specialty Courses should be used to involve students in the accurate recording and reporting of data. Aim to create divers who can independently complete the non-dive aspects of a survey to reduce your time commitment to your ongoing Dive Against Debris survey project. Provide additional training
dives as required for students to achieve mastery of in-water skills.
Where can you find more information and the Materials?
Haave a look at the Instructor Guide to apply for the AWARE Dive Against Debris Specialty trough your PADI office or contact your Regional Manager.