Category Archives: Project Aware

Project Aware Featured Member

Project Aware Featured Profile, Vancouver, Scuba Diving
Uw Explorers Featured at Project Aware

UWE is very excited to announce that we as well as Ocean Quest Dive Centre has been selected as Project Aware Featured Member. We have been working hard at trying to collect donations for the great work that Project Aware does in helping to bring awareness about various situations that are going on in the world.

Since September we conducted a Debris Clean Up dive, as well as we are promoting the awesome Project Aware Diver cards, which are simply beautiful with either a Whale Shark image, or a shark.  Both majestic creatures are in peril, and Project Aware is working as hard as possible to get the various world Governments to bring protection to these creatures.  Ocean Quest organized a Shark Conservation night with Lee Newman from the  Vancouver Aquarium.  Lee spoke of the various problems that the Sharks face, and how we as individuals can help in this situation.

We are very excited about being selected as a Project Aware Featured Member, if you want more information, would like to donate, sign the petition be sure to contact us here at Uw Explorers.  Get out there and make a difference!!

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Project Aware Clean Up

Project Aware Beach Clean Up
Project Aware Beach Clean Up

UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Centre join with Project Aware to conduct the months fight against the silent killer.  So, we were out at Belcarra park to conduct Project Aware Clean Up, dives.  We had about 8 people join in to the day of hard work.  Lise, Erin, Paul, May, Stephen and a special thanks to Mike for helping organize this fine day.

Fight the Ocean Silent Killer
Fight the Ocean Silent Killer

We found lots of various things in the bay, ranging from iPhones, to plastics, fishing line, bottles, and lost crab traps. Our dive was only about an hour in length and we were able to retrieve about 50 lbs worth of debris.  We need to work toward a comon goal, and start to pay attention and clean up our oceans, and not from just getting together once or twice a year, but to simply pick up, clean up what ever it takes as we see it, not when things are piled so high, that we need to gather to do it.

So join in the fight, and do your own Project Aware Clean Up event!!

September is Debris Clean Up Month

Stop the Silent Killer - Ocean Debris cleanup
Stop the Silent Killer – Ocean Debris cleanup

UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Centre are joining in with Project Aware’s program “September in Debris Clean Up Month.  We will be hosting a debris clean up on the 29th of Sept, at Belcara Park in Port Moody British Columbia.  We are looking for volunteers for ocean and beach clean up, so please don’t worry if you are not a diver, we will need plenty of help.


Here is an excert from the Project Aware Website;

“In today’s “throw-away” society, it is all too easy to forget that we are drowing the ocean planet in our trash like plastic bottles and bags: plastics that never biodegrade in the occean and instead break down into even smaller pieces that remain a danger to marine animals that mistake them for food.  The impact is both massive and horrific, and we urgently need your help to stop this.”

I have seen this first hand, while living in Cambodia.  I would see plastic bottles floating in the Pacific Ocean, and as we would conduct our training dives and fun dives we would attempt to collect all that we could.  On the beautiful tropical beaches we would see various forms of plastics, bags, cups, bottles, and the surprising thing was, they were not all from the area.  I had figured this was a Khmer problem, that is was all their garbage and more education was needed which is what we tried providing in various villages on the island.  But when you looked closer some of the plastic products were from further up the coast, Korea, Japan, Hawaii and yes even Canada.  This proof that all the oceans are connected and what we do in our country can impact other countires as well.

Come on people, come out and join in to make this “September is Debris Clean Up Month” a huge success!! If you are interested in joining to help, please follow the link below and register to help!!

Ocean Quest Fights the Oceans Silent Killer