PADI, HEPCA, CDWS and Aqua Lung would like to celebrate this year’s Earth Day the 22nd of April with a BIG underwater clean-up to keep the Red Sea’s spectacular sites and beautiful beaches exuberant with colorful corals and healthy marine life.
Locations of the Clean-up within the Red Sea are as follows;
The main event will take place in Magawish islands, in Hurghada.
Meeting point is the New Marina, departure is 10 am, and arrival will be at 3.00 pm.
For those of you who are based in AlGouna or Sahl Hasheesh and not able to attend the main event, you can join the Dive against Debris Day in the following sites:
- El -Gouna : Shoab Elerg
- Sahl Hashish : Abo Hashish
If your diving center in outside Hurghada, we would love your participation in the event, please find below the locations where you can join the Dive against Debris Day
- Safaga : Abo Soma
- Quseir : Mangrove Bay
- Marsa Alam : Gotet Marsa Alam
- Wadi El-Gemal : Shoab Elsheleneyat
- Hamata : Shoab Satayeh
With your help, let’s make this the Biggest Dive against Debris Day the red sea has ever seen
Please use the hashtag #SayNoToPlastic in your social media posts and photos so we can track your event
Special consideration should be taken when cleaning up underwater, especially around coral reef ecosystems.
Please take into consideration the following:
- All boats must use the Mooring lines.
- We suggest to do 2 dives
- Dive plan is the responsibility of the diving center according to PADI standards and divers level.
Underwater Cleanup Dive Protocol
- Work slowly and carefully.
- Adjust buoyancy throughout the dive, as collected garbage gets heavier.
- Maintain neutral buoyancy to avoid contact with the sea floor. Avoid moving the sand with your fins.
- Gloves for protection from rubbish and sharp objects.
- Knife, Shears or scissors for cutting fishing line and tin cans.
- Underwater Lift Bag, to left heavy items. If object are heavier than 4/6kg do not try to lift it with your own Bouncy Control Device BCD.
- If needed, a separate air source to inflate the lift bag.
- Small pieces of robes or tight straps to attach items together or to the lift bag.
- Make sure equipment is well secured and the mesh sack is held so that nothing can trail or snag on corals.
- Always dive in a buddy team, One diver should collect garbage with gloves on while another holds the mesh sack.
- Place glass, needles and hooks inside other garbage for safety. And pay extra attention
What to Remove
- Do your best not to remove articles that have already been incorporated into the reef and are helping to support life. Check it before you bag it
- Make sure nothing is living in or on each item before removal.
- Do not remove bottles that are covered in growth.
- Hold cups or cans close to sandy parts of the seabed and shake out sand or silt.
What to Leave
- Anything, which is “stuck” or encrusted with growth.
- Anything, no matter how ugly, which has become overgrown with marine life.
- Anything that may be dangerous.
- Heavy items—never use your buoyancy control device to lift heavy objects.
- Metal drums and containers, which might contain hazardous materials.