What are you doing next Sunday? Diving against debris, that’s what!

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Hi Friends!

I want to remind you that KHD is hosting its first Dive Against Debris® event next Sunday, May 7th, and we still need volunteers! Read on for information on the Dive Against Debris program and participation details.

What is Dive Against Debris?

What is Dive Against Debris (DAD), exactly? DAD is a citizen-science program by PADI that is a campaign of Project Aware, the arm of PADI working to increase awareness of environmental issues. At first glance, it seems like a cleanup program, but the reality is it’s much more than that. During DAD events, volunteers dive at a designated site and collect marine debris. They then use data sheets to record information on the types of debris they are collecting, which are then submitted to PADI and put into an online database that tracks debris around the globe. Data are used to track the volume, location, and distribution of marine debris and, hopefully, support important policy measures to affect its reduction. Aside from supporting the health of our local reefs and contributing to scientific understanding of marine debris, these events are a great way to network with other divers and are a lot of fun.

Details & How to Participate

Who Can Volunteer?

Any members of the Kona Underwater Club Facebook Group or KHD Ohana Members that are SCUBA certified

What to Bring

  • Required Items:  Volunteers must supply their own gear and tanks, and KHD will supply collection bags. Our Ohana Club members will be provided with a tank free of charge. If you are not an Ohana member already, stop by our shop for details on how to sign up.  Aside from standard SCUBA gear, all divers are required to have their own cutting device and gloves. KHD has a few of these available on a first-come-first-serve basis, but you must reserve them ahead of time when you RSVP. Otherwise, you must bring your own. The cool thing is that between now and the 7th all our gloves and cutting devices are 20% off if you are participating in the Dive Against Debris event! Just stop in the shop and let them know you are participating and they will get you hooked up with a set.
  • Suggested Items: Towel, gear mat, water, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, change of clothes, dry case for valuables.

Where and When

  • Date: Sunday, May 7th
  • Time: 7:30AM-1:00PM
  • Location: The site is still TBD but will be in the general Kona area.

RSVP and for more information

To participate, and for full event details, please RSVP with the coordinator Sam Johnson by May 6th.

Happy Diving!

Linda

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