Divers from around the globe are coming together in Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA, on 15 June 2019, in an attempt to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the largest underwater cleanup. More than 700 divers are expected to take part in the record attempt that will bring together the local and international dive communities to remove and report marine debris, and raise awareness about the importance of ocean conservation.
Dive centers, clubs, university groups, non-profit organizations, local businesses, members of the dive industry and individual divers have formed nearly 150 teams, and more than 400 participants have registered to date. Additional divers are requested to beat the current record. The title of Most participants in an underwater cleanup in 24 hours (single venue) is currently held by Ahmed Gabr, who organized 614 scuba divers for a cleanup in Egypt on 5 June 2015.
Leaders in the dive industry are encouraged to rally their divers to participate in the world’s largest underwater cleanup as teams; whether new to diving or highly experienced, all certified divers are invited to join as part of a team or as individual divers. Nondivers can also get involved as volunteers, or take the PADI Open Water Diver course prior to the event to join in the underwater cleanup. In advance of the cleanup, participating divers are advised to take the Dive Against Debris Specialty course with their PADI Dive Center or Resort to learn about marine debris and how to complete a Dive Against Debris® survey to help inform policy change through Project AWARE’s underwater debris data-collection program.
Those who participate in the attempt will receive a long-sleeve wicking shirt, a small gift bag and will be eligible to apply for an official certificate of world record attempt participation. Non-diving volunteers who are not in the attempt will receive a free event t-shirt. The event is made possible thanks to the support of Dixie Divers, PADI®, Project AWARE®, the City of Deerfield Beach, Aqua Lung, DAN, 4Ocean and SeaLife Underwater Cameras.