Project Aware week/Scuba Dream September 2020
As engaged as i am with the Natural world and understand how amazing it is especially the underwater world, that is my special place, this Aware week has been a little bit extra special because ive been engaged with people that share the same passion and understanding the challenges our Oceans and Natural world face.
I have become part of great team of people all striving for the same ethos and goal at our local dive centre Scuba Dream at Eight Acre Hull. We are pushing conservation, helping people engage with the ocean in a more in depth way using what i believe is the most powerful tool … EDUCATION.
Project Aware week began on the 19th September an even extra special day as it is my grandsons birthday, he is the future has his whole life in front of him but the world for him worries me if the planet and people continue on the course their on how can it change for the better to give him and many others a more positive balanced world.
In the cafe which has the name Nemos Den, ive teamed up with an incredible lady and we both share the same passions and have the same mindset which is to push the Dive site to be focal for ocean conservation their really is no better place, a place were Diving, people and conservation are entwined together because you SEA this is what makes the difference when people come together.
In the cafe we now have environmentally friendly soaps, deodorants, toothbrushes, re-useable straws which people can take a look at and with a link to the website can purchase the products on line these are with thanks to kathleen Lloyd Bradford who organised getting the products from Strand line studios. https://www.facebook.com/naturallylovelyproduct/
The first day was used to promote our re- fillable cups rather than people using the disposable ones which cause a lot of litter in the environment and sadly cannot be recycled or their isn’t alot of places were they can be recycled and we are already seeing pleasing results.
Sunday was day 2 and a few of us got together to do a land beach clean and it wasnt long before after stepping out onto the beach we had a pile of trash we picked up alot sadly it never fails to surprise me…
Monday Day 3 weather was good. We wasn’t sure what the forecast was so it was a bit of a waiting game as usual with British diving especially in the North Sea so was a bit of a waiting game and it paid off after lunch got the green light to pack the diving gear our underwater clean could go ahead, little wind and sunshine made for great conditions. So kit ready we set of meeting up with Steve and john to hopefully have a good dive.
The bay looked lovely and the sea as usual inviting, it was calm, turquoise and looked clear. We wandered down to check everything but just needed to wait a little bit for the tide to come in which it gave us chance to have a look on the beach and yes human traces everywhere even though there were bins. I will never understand why people think its ok to be so disrespectful its not just us in the world we share it with nature and that’s a massive attitude that needs to change, that’s a big worry because there is so much selfishness in the world today. We kitted up as the night was starting to draw in, we had the task of making our way down to the beach down the steps and they are quite steep especially with a cylinder full of Air on your back ( not easy). Slipping below the thin blue line into the green turquoise salty water it didn’t feel cold at all i just love that salt water feeling over the face its so invigorating. Once in we made our way around the bottom it wasn’t long before we were picking up various bits of trash, bits of plastic, the upsetting thing was the tiny pieces of plastic particles visible in the water column. The night dives feel very different they have a different feel to them pitch black unless you have a torch. Constantly moving the torch around its pretty cool when you shine it and there’s a fish looking at you then it quickly flees out of the way to hide in the kelp hunkering down for the night. I just love the underwater world but i don’t like what’s happening to it.
We had found our way back to shore looking back it was getting dark, the oceans around half of the world were now in darkness and animals that rest during the day come alive at night. Trying to get out of the water was quite funny slipping and sliding because of the rocks, trying to get kit off i simply could not stop laughing so we all just laughed. We made our way to the top and started to get kit off and put away evaluating what we had seen and removed from the sea, The sky that night looked beautiful it was so clear back in the car park i took a few minutes and laid on the car park floor to look up it the sky, the stars were like diamonds shimmering on a black background. We were all pretty tired and hungry got curry and chips said our goodbyes and headed home.
Day 4, continuing with the challenges day 4 was a local land beach clean done by one of the divers Rob Fentons grandsons, two little super heros.
They went to Hessle foreshore and was nice to hear that they didn’t find much trace of human activity so that was a massive plus also great to SEA younger generations getting involved.
Day 5.. At the site today we had Hull university students preparing for their open water and Advanced course. These guys are the future budding marine biologists. It was great to talk to them and ask them questions about why they wanted to learn about the underwater World and also getting them engaged with project aware and the global effort thats happening to help the oceans. They understood the important role they are going to play in the future. We also engaged them with activities they could do with us and was very interested in our environmentally friendly products.
Day 6 … As it was project aware week we needed something to put our funds in we hoped we were going to raise, we already had a little. A diver the prevoius week had lost his weight belt and said if we could find it he would donate so a few of us dived in and found his belt….happy diver. Jackie sprang into action and recycled an old coffee jar with blue shower meshing and a necklace of shells wrapped around it made it look so very effective so with the top ten tips for divers poster we shared our photo and got it out on display for everyone to see.
Day 7 was a day spent pushing the education on various social media, trying to engage people in the water world, also highlighting project aware and Padi sharing activities they are doing across the globe which was massive for us because they had noticed our efforts and how we are striving for change with everything we are trying to do.
Day 8 & 9 A double take weekend has the last two days we had organised a treasure hunt in the lake. Jackie had bought a treasure chest and filled it with chocolate money, put it in a water tight container and hidden it. Clues were given as to were it was but the divers in pairs had the job of going in to see if they could find it. The treasure hunt was £5 per buddy pair.
The treasure was found on the last day by two divers that come regular Danny Myers and Luke Russell which made two happy divers.
As sunday was the last day of aware week it was also a day to give thanks because none of this would have been possible without the help and support of the group of passionate people like myself to which i am very grateful. This journey or this platform i have been handed has been pushed my way by a man i respect and look up to Tom Buckley he is also a friend. His patience and understanding teaching me as a person and not just another diver taught added to a list. He brought steve my way the course director of the site , he has been wanting to push the site for some time in the way of conservation but has needed a person to lead it and im more than happy to be part and doing this role.
The week would not have been possible without the list of people listed below its from their support we have made huge progress. A quote i have come up with is ” YOU CAN BE A MAESTRO BUT IT TAKES AN ORCHESTRA TO MAKE THE MUSIC”
We raised £115 for the week it may only be a drop in the ocean but its the little drops that can make a massive difference and that matters.
Thankyou to the following people
MIKE MURDYK… SITE OWNER, STEVE OUSBY..COURSE DIRECTOR
STEVE AND JANET PRIOR.. COURSE DIRECTOR AND FRIENDS.. TEACHING POSITIVE LEARNING WHICH MAKES BETTER PEOPLE
JACKIE DAINTY…PARTNER IN CRIME AND FRIEND
TOM BUCKLEY.. INSTRUCTOR AND FRIEND
JOANNE SOUTHARD…INSTUCTOR AND FRIEND
GEM AND DAVE FOX…INSTRUCTOR AND FRIENDS
ANDI RENDALL..INSTRUCTOR AND FRIEND
CARL AND LAURA GOWEN..INSTRUCTOR AND FRIENDS
BEXX LOUISE BULLOCK…INSTRUCTOR AND FRIEND
KATHLEEN AND GARETH LLOYD…INSTRUCTORS AND FRIENDS
Link to website for scubadream
A FAB WEEK BY ALL AND MANY MORE TO COME
THANKS EVERY ONE NEMO AND LITTLE FISH