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Deep Blue Dive Center conducted a major cleanup of the Gulf of Aqaba

Listen to this article Deep Blue Dive Centre staff from Jordan decided to use the lockdown in a useful way and carried out an underwater clean-up of the Gulf of Aqaba. Like many dive centres around the world, Deep Blue Dive Centre in Aqaba has been hit hard by the pandemic. Jordan closed its borders
Published: August 26, 2021 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 23:08
Deep Blue Dive Center conducted a major cleanup of the Gulf of Aqaba
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Deep Blue Dive Centre staff from Jordan decided to use the lockdown in a useful way and carried out an underwater clean-up of the Gulf of Aqaba.

Like many dive centres around the world, Deep Blue Dive Centre in Aqaba has been hit hard by the pandemic. Jordan closed its borders to tourists and thus forced many companies to stop operations. The interruption, which lasted several months, affected all tourism-related businesses.

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Extraction of rubbish from the Gulf of Aqaba As soon as employees diving centre They were able to return to their activities and immediately seized the opportunity. Although foreign tourists were still absent, they appeared divers from other parts of Jordan. Thus, staff Deep Blue Dive Centre was not too busy and had a lot of free time, which he decided to use appropriately. Divers have set up a team Deep Blue Cleanup Team and started the underwater clean-up!

The coordinated effort produced a great result. The divers removed a mass of fishing lines and other fishing equipment, and brought order to the underwater museum of military vehicles. Aluminum cans, plastic packaging and other trash disappeared from the seabed, in addition to broken hooks.

Sorting and weighing of rubbish Mountain of rubbish removed from water

From 15 December to 29 June, divers from Deep Blue Dive Center removed a total of 1230 kg of debris. Seeing the actions of the Deep Blue Cleanup Team, other divers also joined in to help. In return for their support, the volunteers were completely exempted from all fees for diving. The dive centre also offered everyone a 20% discount on later dives.

After bringing the rubbish to the surface, the Aqaba divers sorted, counted and weighed it. They then uploaded the collected data via a website to PADI Project AWARE.

Rubbish washed ashore Deep Blue The neighbours of the H&S Watersports. When the team diving The team cleaned up the bottom, they cleaned up the shoreline. In doing so, they collected lots of plastic bottles, cigarette butts, plastic bags and other items.

When Jordan reopened its borders to tourists, the clean-up campaign slowed down somewhat. However, its effects are visible both under and over the water.

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My love for scuba diving started as a 12-year-old in the Canary Islands, at which time I took my first Open Water Diver course. This love for the blue turned into a huge passion that accompanies me to this day. Although blue is hard to come by in the Baltic, no conditions are terrible for me. In this sport, I find peace, patience, courage, focus, and balance. I have recently started to engage in underwater modeling and I am fulfilled with this.
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