What’s New? ANOTHER FIRST FOR US!!
We will be doing a Dive Against Debris in the upcoming weeks:
How is this good for you? We will be giving away some 38th Parallel Diver Swag to participants.
More Good News? We will also be requesting that you ask family, friends and local businesses to help us by donating dive’s and other support.
How are 38th Parallel Diver’s Supporting the effort? 38th Parallel Diver’s will be donating the processing fees costs associated with the Dive Against Debris Certification to each diver who meets the criteria for the specialty (for our 1st Dive Against Debris dive event only)… It get’s even better for those that are trying to earn their PADI Master Scuba Diver rating because this specialty counts toward the Master Scuba Diver specialty requirement. This means a free specialty!!
Our interest started because many of our divers recently helped out with a beach clean-up (hosted by Aquatic Frontier last month). We pulled a few hundred pounds (many kilos) from the harbor water and beach. At first it doesn’t seem like much fun to spend a dive (money and time) in 1-5 meters of water getting pushed up against rocks in poor visibility. However realizing that a few of us can actually make a difference does help. At first I think many of the Koreans were wondering what type of animals we were stealing from their waters because they kept inspecting our bags as we came ashore. After a few rounds they discovered we were pulling tires, plastic, fishing line and other abandoned debrisfrom the environment. Seeing the looks on the locals’ faces as the foreigners cleaned up their
waters was reward enough. This small gesture let’s the local Korean’s and local divers know that we are a friendly and positive impact on the environment and local dive community.
This good feeling left most of the dive club wanting more; this made our instructors want to be able to contribute a bit more to the local community as well. But how? Thankfully I attended the 4th Quarter update and listened to the brief overview of the PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty.
Still not convinced? Check out the Project AWARE Dive Against Debris Website
This specialty contributes in a few ways:
- Instructor application fees go directly to Project AWARE
- Dive Site Survey pre and post Dive Against Debris Cleanup, assists with monitoring the local environment (is it improving or declining)
- Student Processing Fees assist Project AWARE
- last but most important…less debris in your local waters
This is a 1 dive specialty that teaches divers the importance of local conservation, it is a great practical follow-up to the search and recovery and/or navigation diver specialties. This is because navigation skills are critical to survey the area accurately and search and recovery skills may be required to lift certain objects safely from the bottom.