by Jessica Guerero

On Saturday, July 28, 33 volunteers participated in an underwater clean-up of Mooney’s Bay in an eco-friendly event organized and promoted by Sharky’s Scuba Supply. Event coordinator, Caroline Samson explains, “Project Aware is about understanding our impact on the environment – both negative and positive, and showing that we can make a difference when we work together”.

Throughout the course to the day, divers brought up dozens of recovery bags filled with glass bottles, cans, plastic bags, chains, fishing line and other refuse hidden beneath the surface. The divers also removed old tires and a large oil drum. The volunteers were in turn provided with food and drink provided by Sharky’s and the opportunity to mingle with other members of Ottawa’s dive community.

“Discover Scuba” sessions offered to the general public at the beach were also a big hit, giving curious onlookers the opportunity to participate in an orientation lecture, get suited up and actually experience scuba for a 15 minute dive. The discover sessions were offered free of charge thanks to the time donated by the volunteer instructors. “A great way to promote the joy of scuba is to actually let people try it — especially in a fun setting like Moony’s bay” explains Mike Morris, owner of the dive shop.

Sharky’s thanks Oceaner, PADI Canada, Diversco, and Coast to Coast — our event sponsors and appreciates the support of the City of Ottawa. A big thank you for all who participated in making this such a successful event.

To find out more about future “discover scuba” courses, call our dive shop today.