December 13, 2011

Dive the Coast Continues to Build Along the Central Coast

Dive the Coast, an idea spearheaded by a handful of California SCUBA divers in the fall of 2011, continues to grow along the Central Coast with a large group dive set for June, 2013.

Save Our Shores' own Lauren Gilligan, experienced diver and marine biologist, took part in the launch event for Dive the Coast this past October called Dive the Bay. The launch event tested the waters to help determine dive distances and times and lay plans for the larger dives planned in the coming months and years. Thanks to Raj, owner of Silver Prince out of Monterey Harbor, the divers had a great time out in the deep waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

With the group of divers, Lauren shared news about California's Marine Protected Areas, our underwater state parks, and the importance of supporting MPAs now and into the future. Read more...


The next group dive is scheduled for January 21.
Stay up to date with Dive the Coast on their website and facebook pages.


The background:
Dive the Coast is scheduled to take place in June 2013 and will be the largest mass dive in history. It involves organizing thousands of scuba divers to travel the entire coastline underwater, raising money for conservation organizations along the way.

The idea for Dive the Coast originated in Santa Cruz in August 2011, and participants have since been conducting outreach to dive clubs, dive shops and non-profit organizations, as well as forming partnerships to help pull off this epic adventure.

On Oct. 15, 2011, divers from five different California counties held a kick-off event in Monterey to calibrate dive distance, depth and tank time. More calibration dives and test runs up and down the coast will be held in the coming months.

The ultimate goal of Dive the Coast is to bring divers across the state together for a common goal and to raise money for conservation organizations. But it will also provide an opportunity for divers to explore areas of the state where they would otherwise not go, and gives exposure to the sport as a whole.

For more information, email Kim White at kim@divethecoast.com.

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