Diving Against Debris

Our Commitment to

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Project AWARE

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

Project Aware

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.

h&S

Our Partner

We are partnered with our dive center neighbors,  H&S Water Sports in this endeavor. We are grateful for their love of the sea and their desire to protect it. 

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.

Get Involved

Become part of the solution and join us for a dive cleanup! We love having our guests involved in Project AWARE with us. Why not consider a PADI Specialty Course in Project AWARE

Upcoming Events
Watch here for our upcoming events. We will inform you of any special events or night dives you can join.

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.

Making a Difference!

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."

We are involved in Project Aware divecleanups because they are working towards long-term, meaningful solutions to the global marine debris crisis at local, national and international levels

King Abdullah Helping Cleanup Efforts

Questions? Call or WhatsApp us at +962 795400555