The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, in collaboration with Neptune & Salacia Diving, Swim Drink Fish, Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre, and Turtles Kingston, is excited to host a PADI Aware Dive Against Debris weekend to raise awareness about the importance of protecting and preserving the Great Lakes marine environment. This two-part event, which includes a community action dive and shoreline clean-up at Gord Downie Memorial Pier on June 18th and an education and awareness event at the Marine Museum on June 19th, aims to bring the community together to celebrate and engage in the preservation of our waterways.
Divers and non-divers will work together on Saturday, June 18th, to remove marine debris from both below and above water. Scuba divers and snorkelers are encouraged to participate in order to remove as much underwater debris as possible. If you are not a diver, you can help by providing shore support to divers at the Gord Downie Memorial Pier or by joining the Breakwater Park shoreline clean-up team. The mission of the PADI Aware Foundation is to drive local action for marine conservation with both a ‘fins on’ and a ‘fins off’ approach, beginning with proactively working to address key ocean threats such as habitat destruction, climate change, overfishing, and land-based pollution. Dive Against Debris® is a true “fins on” event in which certified divers donate their time to help.
On Sunday, June 19th, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes will welcome community groups that will provide demonstrations and programming to educate visitors about the importance of our Great Lakes freshwater ecosystem and to celebrate this incredible resource. This is a day to celebrate our connections to the Great Lakes and the work being done to protect our waters, from underwater ecosystems and maritime heritage to the threats they face from human activity. This event provides an opportunity for youth, families, and visitors in the community to have fun and connect with others while learning about the environment and the preservation of the Great Lakes.
June 18 2022 AT 9 AM – June 19 2022 AT 5 PM
Location: Gord Downie Memorial Pier and the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston
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For anyone interested in participating, here’s how you can get involved:
On-shore: the Museum and its partners invite members of the public to volunteer their time to help with the clean-up on-shore. Sign up here: http://www.neptunesalacia.com/dadygk2022
In the water: certified SCUBA divers and snorkelers are required. To find out if you can participate as a diver, contact Guillaume at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please contact Michelle Clarabut, Programs and Communications Manager at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston. 613-542-2261 / email@example.com.