DIVE AGAINST DEBRIS – KINGSTON 2019
GORD EDGAR DOWNIE PIER
14 September 2019
Hello Dolphins and Friends!
The CFB Kingston Dolphin SCUBA Club, in partnership with Project AWARE®, PADI Canada, Swim Drink Fish and the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, is proud to be hosting a Dive Against Debris® event at the Gord Edgar Downie Pier, this Saturday, September 14th from 9 am to 1 pm. This will also mark the beginning of the Second AWARE WEEK, a yearly week long event focussed on the preservation of the oceans around the world.
LOCATION / TIMINGS
The Dive Against Debris – Kingston 2019 will take place at the Gord Edgar Downie Pier and the Breakwater Park, in Kingston, ON. The Pier is located next to the Water Treatment Plant located at 300 King Street West, K7L 2X1. The event will run from 9 am until 1 pm. The Dive/Security Briefing will take place at 9:30 am. We hope to have the first divers in no later than 10 am.
VOLUNTEERS – DIVERS
If you are a Dolphin SCUBA Club member and in need of gear for the event, the Club will open its doors on Friday, September 13th, from 6pm to 8pm, for you to get gear or air fills. Due to the limited amount of gear we have and the regulations we fall under as a military club, we cannot extend the offer to non club members.
If you are a diver in need of gear to join the event, whether you are local to Kingston or outside the area, please make the arrangements with a dive shop in advance. Kingston has lots of great diving to offer, so why not take the opportunity to bring more tanks and dive in the area afterwards.
On Saturday, arrive at Breakwater Park for 9am. Volunteers will guide you to the registration area where you will fill and sign the Liability Release Form. Next you will move to the staging area where you will be able to set up your gear and prepare for the dive. Dive briefing will start at 9:30 am, with an expected start time of 10 am. Depending on the amount of divers, we may organize groups into waves to prevent over crowding of the dive site.
Every diver should read the Survey Guide prepared by Project AWARE on the Dive Against Debris page.
VOLUNTEERS – SHORE SUPPORT
You do not need to be a diver to take part on a Dive Against Debris. Arguably, we need as much if not more people on shore to help us collect, sort, weigh, report and dispose of marine debris. If you want to make a difference for the environment, this event is for you.
On Saturday, arrive at Breakwater park for 9am and identify yourself as Shore Support. Volunteers will guide you to the Registration area where you will fill and sign the Liability Release Form. Shore Support volunteers will be briefed by the Shore Support Coordinator on the tasks to be accomplished. Some of you will be close to shore and collect the debris bags from the divers. Other tasks to be accomplished:
- Transport debris to the central collection points
- Weigh debris
- Sort debris in piles for inventory
- Sort debris between garbage and recyclables
- Catalog all debris by type, quantity, weigh, etc
- Once the event is complete, dispose of debris accordingly (recycling/waste management)
PROJECT AWARE® SPECIALTIES
For those desiring to get more from their participation to the event, you can get awarded one of the two following Specialty. Cost is only 35$ and proceeds will be donated to the Project AWARE® Foundation. In order to get the Specialty during this event, people need to pre-register:
- Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty (divers only): Divers who earn the Dive Against Debris Specialty distinguish themselves as caretakers for the underwater world. The Project AWARE® Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty course explains how to conduct a debris survey including photo techniques and learning what to take, and what to leave, teaches you how to sort, weigh, report and dispose of marine debris, counts towards the PADI Master Scuba Diver Rating and enables you to be part of a global movement for change. Pre-register here.
- Project AWARE Specialist: For volunteers who will help as surface support, the Project AWARE® Specialty course is an introduction to Project AWARE® as a global movement for ocean protection. It focuses and expands on the 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet. Through interactive discussions, you’ll learn how you can make a difference for ocean protection every time you dive or travel. A dry, ‘fins off’ course, this specialty is ideal for divers and nondivers alike to gain insight into how decisions above and below the surface impact our water planet. Pre-register here.
Parking near the area is limited. However, the Club has received the support of Utilities Kingston and will be allowed to use part of the gated area behind the Water Treatment Plant. The parking spots are limited and will be attributed on a first come first served basis. Access to this parking area will be reserved for divers and will be controlled at the gate. In order to be granted a parking spot, you will have to show your dive certification card to the volunteer at the entrance.
Once the parking area is full, the drive thru parking lot in front of the Plant can be used for a quick drop off for dive gear. Volunteers will be there to watch over your gear, while you drive your car to alternative parking locations:
- Water Treatment Plant (limited and controlled)
- Isabelle Bader Centre (toll parking)
- King Street West (toll parking)
- Side streets to King St (some with toll parking)
We have a small cadre of teenagers who have decided to volunteer in a creative way by offering to watch over youngsters while their parents will go underwater to collect debris and clean the waters for a better future. If you plan on bringing your children, please bring the necessary supplies, and the volunteers will take care of entertaining your minions while you dive.
The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston will have a booth with artifacts but also a sandbox for kids to play thematic games related to our marine heritage.
You are responsible to bring your own lunch, snack and water. There are no restaurants or convenience store in close proximity of the park and pier.
Bring gloves. Whether you are diving or working as surface support, we will be handling lots of debris. We want you to be safe. Gardening gloves with rubberized hand and fingers, available at “dollar stores”, are perfectly fine.
There are chemical toilets available on site. Bring an extra roll from home just in case.
Be prepared for any weather. Bring sunblock, but also rain gear and warm clothes. Whether we like it or not, this will be our last summer weekend of the year.
At the end of the event, participation prizes will be drawn from the names of all participants present. Air Cards, Gift Certificates and other surprises in order to thank you for your involvement.
The Dive Against Debris – Kingston 2019 is a free volunteer event that is meant to help clean our local aquatic environment, it is not a fund raising event. By your sole participation as a diver or shore support, you are already giving a lot. However, for those who wish to do a bit more and donate to great causes, we suggest the following:
The event will take place, rain or shine. In case of heavy South winds and swells, the dive will still take place, but at a smaller scale and in a limited area. Entry along the Breakwater Park could be restricted. However, the Pier offers shelter no matter what wind direction and strength. Therefore, in case of adverse weather conditions, the Dive Against Debris will be limited to the inner of the Pier.
We are looking forward to see you this Saturday. We thank you in advance for joining us in this great project and hope to make this a yearly commitment.