Diving Against Debris
Our Commitment to
Project AWARE began in the late 1980s as an ocean conservation project. Its core beginning was an environmental ethic initiated by the PADI. It has since become a separate worldwide non-profit organization comprised of passionate individuals and dive organizations. These amazing people are dedicated to preserving the aquatic environment through a variety of means. Project AWARE is currently focusing on advancing policies on Plastic Debris and Sharks & Rays. We are focusing on a reef here in Aqaba that is home to the Underwater Military Museum.
We invite our guests to connect their passion for scuba diving with the purpose of marine conservation to create lasting change. Join us for a dive clean up and help us keep the Gulf of Aqaba clean. You’ll have a great time with us and create amazing memories.
Deep Blue Cleanup Team
Aqaba Marine Park is a protected area that was established in 2004. The Aqaba coastline is home to a wealth of hard and soft corals and more than 450 types of fish. But plastic pollution is a problem and, if not dealt with, threatens the health of coral reefs by causing disease.
The Deep Blue Team is committed to doing all we can to protect our reefs by engaging in regular dive cleanups. During our cleanups we collect plastic bottles and bags, aluminum cans, bottles, fishing lines, and fish traps. At Deep Blue we are committed to being ambassadors for the sea.
The Problem with Plastic
The amount of plastic in the ocean and seas is staggering. Latest statistics estimate 5.25 trillion macro and micro pieces in the oceans. All combined they weigh about 269,000 tons! Every minute 1,000,000 plastic bottles are sold around the globe. And if that isn’t bad enough, about 2,000,000 plastic bags are used every minute. (See earthday.org for more facts.)
Currently over 88% of the sea surface is polluted by plastic. The great concern is soon there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. But we can all get involved to bring about change.
Simple changes that can make a huge impact!
- Instead of buying a bottle of water, use a filter and reusable bottle.
- Refuse straws at restaurants.
- Use reusable cloth bags for shopping.
- Recycle if using single use plastic is unavoidable.
- Cigarette butts are the number one debris found in oceans and waterways. Stop smoking--great for your health and environment.
- Get involved in cleanup campaigns in your city.
- Pick up any debris you see when diving and properly dispose of it at the end of your dive.
Dive Cleanup Schedule
Our dive cleanups are normally done on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. We ask that all divers be at the center by 10 am to gear up and attend the briefing. Certified divers are allowed to participate and can dive with us for free. We encourage non-divers to do shore cleanups, which are essential to prevent more plastic from being tossed into the sea. Our partner, H&S Water Sports does shore cleanups on Tuesdays and Thursdays.