Dive Against Debris Underwater
The Dive Against Debris (DAD) program was started in 2011. Since then, millions of pieces of marine debris have been removed and reported from the oceans by ocean enthusiasts just like you.
What is Marine Debris?
Marine debris is human trash in the ocean. It is defined as any persistent, manufactured or processed human-made solid material discarded, disposed of or abandoned that is found in the marine and coastal environment. Plastic is the most common marine debris. It is estimated that as much as 250 million metric tons will be in the oceans by 2025. It is estimated that 80 percent of the physical debris found in the ocean comes from land-based sources. Read more in PADI AWARE.
How does debris get into the ocean?
Marine debris enters the ocean directly, but studies find that most of it comes from land-based sources through accidents, careless disposal or intentional dumping. It is now thought that 80 percent of the plastic found in the ocean gets there via about 1000 rivers globally. Littering is a major source. Trash discarded thousands of kilometres inland reach the ocean when storms wash it into waterways that eventually flow to the sea. It is estimated as much as 70 percent of the trash entering our ocean sinks to the seafloor.
What can you do about it?
You can take part in our Dive Against Debris program to learn more about the issues, causes and how to prevent marine debris entering the ocean. During this program you will study through eLearning learning about Dive Against Debris. The next part you will go out to the ocean and conduct one mermaid dive demonstrating the correct procedures on how to dive, remove whilst maintaining excellent buoyancy skills.
Schedule in Kota Kinabalu
8am – Meet at Jessleton Point Ferry Terminal and complete registration and signing the appropriate forms
8.30am – Boat departs to the islands
9am – Review of Dive Against Debris eLearning
10am – Breathing and Stretching Exercises
10.30am – Practice Mermaid Buoyancy Control in Shallow water
11.30am – Lunch
1pm – Dive Against Debris Mermaid Dive
2.30pm – Clean up and shower
3pm – Depart for Jessleton Point Ferry Terminal
3.30pm – Certification and finish the PADI Mermaid Dive Against Debris Program
MYR 800.00 / 1 person
MYR 750.00 per person / 2 person rate
MYR 700 per person / 3-4 person rate
PADI Mermaid Dive Against Debris program as per schedule above, PADI Dive Against Debris eLearning, PADI Dive Against Debris eCard, PADI DAD Wall Certificate, PADI Mermaid Instructor Fees, Open Water Boat and Entrance Fees, Mermaid Fin Rental, Lunch, and Malaysia Mermaid Club Membership.
Requirements to Take Part
To enroll in the PADI Mermaid Dive Against Debris course you must be 10 years old or older. You must be in good physical health. You must be certified as a PADI Advanced Mermaid to take part in this course.
The PADI Mermaid DAD program is available in English, Bahasa Melayu, Chinese, Chinese Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka and Korean.