Getting divers involved can be easily achieved with a little imagination…

Getting your divers involved and in the water can be easily achieved with a little imagination…

Members in New Zealand this month have a few activities that are capturing the fun and diversity of activities you can offer to keep your divers diving.

Project AWARE – Dive for Debris

Performance Diver completed a clean up at Murray’s Bay earlier this month: On a sunny day, nearly 30 people joined in as they managed to remove approximately 400 items weighing around 15kgs. PADI Course Director Andy Stewart said, “It was disappointing to see so many used fireworks in the ocean, and all of the cans and bottles they continue to find each year. It was great to see a few families helping, and receive lots of encouragement and thanks from members of the local community. Thanks again for everybody who came along today and made the day such a success.”

You can view more information and photos on the Project AWARE website.

Great turn out for Project Aware Dive for Debris organised by Performance Diver
Great turn out for Project Aware Dive for Debris organised by Performance Diver

Dive Otago are completing their annual Dive for Debris day this weekend in Sunny Dunedin and are offering the new Project AWARE Dive for Debris specialty as part of the event. With both beach and underwater cleanups happening it’s great to see divers and non divers of all ages participating in the event which will clean up areas on the peninsula home to penguins and sea lions. Learn more on the Dive Otago Facebook Page.

Dive HQ 24 Hr Dive ChallengeDive HQ Wellington – The 24 Hour Dive Challenge has run for 2 years now and in that time have raised over $6500 for the Wellington Volunteer Coastguard, as well as highlighting their need for support as a volunteer organisation.

The goal of the 24 Hour Dive is to have teams of divers underwater from 3pm on Saturday to 3pm on Sunday afternoon. Divers sign up for one or more 45 minute dives throughout the event and collect sponsorship for each dive. Refresher and training dives for certified divers and introductory dives and snorkel tours for non-divers will also be on offer to encourage participation. Last year they had over 50 divers participating and logged over 50 dives during the event including a staggering 9 hour dive by Pete and 9 dives logged by a single buddy team. There are spot prizes for divers, raffles and prizes for those who raise the most money from their sponsors. This year a beach dig for the children on Sunday alongside Coastguard’s sausage sizzle are on offer and more challenges for our divers to keep them entertained underwater!

For further information check out the Dive HQ website.

Whitianga Dive FestivalDive Zone Whitianga are delighted to be hosting the eleventh annual Dive Festival this weekend on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula.  It’s a great weekend of gathering divers together from far and wide, entering into fun competitions with awesome prizes and a bit of social fun as well.  This year’s guest speaker on Friday night is Shark Man Riley Elliot. With underwater photography competitions, treasure hunts, Scuba Olympics, spearfishing and cray hunting competitions there really is something for everyone during this action packed dive festival! Check out the Dive Festival website for further information.

So as you can see with a little imagination you can encourage divers into the water – all the above activities are great for meeting new dive buddies, experience in a new environment and of course having lots of FUN!

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