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Eco Marine Beach/Wetland and Underwater Cleanup

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Please join us at the end of summer holiday for a beach/wetland and underwater cleanup event at Kau Sai Chau. Our team will be joined by young diving leaders from Renaissance College, experienced divers and those who want to enjoy the beach for a meaningful excursion in Sai Kung.

The Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup event series engages with different sports communities to tackle marine pollution. Each adventure cleanup event combines a healthy and fun sports adventure, an ecological activity or challenge, and a coastline or in water cleanup.

WHO CAN JOIN
This is a family friendly event for both children and adults for the beach/wetland cleanup. All children under 16 should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

REQUIREMENTS FOR DIVERS
We recommend this for individuals with minimum PADI AOW or equivalent dive qualification and with previous dive experience in Hong Kong waters. Please sign up using the google form link below.

Divers who wish to improve their skills—ghost nets cleanup, dive tune-ups or receive further education in PADI Project Aware please contact Benita from Ecomarine at benitachick@gmail.com or Connie from Mandarin Divers divingbigblue@gmail.com.

EVENT RUNDOWN
8:45am: Meet at Sai Kung Short Pier
9:00-9:45am: Cleanup Briefing
9:45-10:30am: Gear Set-up
10:30-12:30: Check Dive/Fun Dive (for divers) + Beach/Wetland Clean-up (for non-divers)
12:30-1:30pm: Lunch
1:30-2:30pm: Ecological Tour of mangrove area at Kau Sai Chau
2:30-3:30pm: Cleanup Dive (for divers) + Continue Beach Clean-up or data collection support for diving team (for non-divers)
3:30 to 4:30pm: Tidy up, Debriefing and Group Photos
4:30/4:45: Arrive back to Sai Kung Short Pier. Event End.

MEETING TIME
August 31 Saturday, 8:45am at Sai Kung Short Pier
Embark on “Mandarin Divers”. Boat will depart before 9 am

MEETING LOCATION
8:45 am meet & take attendance at Sai Kung short pier
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CONTACT
WhatsApp/Telephone ☎ contact (for event day only)
98848498 or 90960432 or 63920336

COST
Boat Fee for the day including vegetarian lunch (with vegan options) and drinks (cost after subsidy by Eco Marine): $200 (non-divers), $500 (divers)
Dive Site: Kau Sai Island 滘西洲 (subject to weather).
Dive Gear Full Rental (incl. Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Wetsuit, BCD and Regulator): $280
Rent any single item: (BCD, Reg, Wet-suits): $80 per day

EVENT SIGN UP (divers and non-divers, payment instructions)
https://forms.gle/QiVA6wbeiWVGKZD98 complete google form, request rental gear if required

WHAT TO BRING?
Bring your own equipment (if any), reusable water bottles, we support plastic-free and suggest using environmentally friendly sunscreen. If you need sea sickness remedies, be reminded it should be consumed half an hour before boarding.

DIVE AGAINST DEBRIS CHALLENGE
Dive teams will work together to perform a cleanup dive. Participants should follow the cleanup protocol as briefed by Eco Marine dive leaders on the boat. The cleanup protocol will follow a simplified version of the Project Aware Dive Against Debris Protocol. This activity can serve as a good introduction to divers that may be interested to take the PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty Course in the future.

Participants will weigh the trash collected and take note and photograph:
Most common type of rubbish found
Most interesting item of rubbish and why
Most dangerous item of rubbish and why

WHAT TO WEAR FOR NON-DIVERS
Closed toe shoes you don't mind getting a little muddy (no sandals or flip flops as the wetland may have sharp dangerous items including oyster shells, broken glass, medical waste), comfortable clothes, hat. Long pants are recommended if you are prone to insect bites.

WHAT TO BRING for NON-DIVERS
Rash guards and sunscreen, Sun screen and insect repellent (highly recommended). Water (minimum 1000ml in a reusable container – Bonaqua/Watsons bottles etc. don’t count as reusable). Eco Marine will provide gloves and rubbish bags. If you have your own gloves and or other equipment, please feel free to bring. Some useful tools are tongs and gardening shears.

NOT ALLOWED FOR NON-DIVERS
No flip-flops or open sandals during cleanup. No one-time use plastic bottles or food containers/wrappers.

OTHER INFORMATION
Adverse Weather: If rainstorm warning / typhoon signal 3 or higher is posted / very heavy rain this event will be cancelled and a new meet up time advised later. Please check weather conditions and any notices posted in the morning before leaving home.

DISCLAIMER
By joining the event, all participants are deemed to have agreed to the terms and conditions contained in this disclaimer, and agreed to exonerate the leaders, the organizers and any other participants in the event from any liabilities, claims, including but not limited to liabilities and claims as a result of any injuries or deaths or damages arising thereof. Participants joining the event are doing so at their own choosing and at their own risk.