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Underwater Cleanups

The MCS Plymouth Local Group are working in collaboration with PADI Project AWARE and MCS Beachwatch to help clean our seas and keep them 'fit for life'. We hold our annual underwater cleanup on the third weekend in September each year, during the MCS Beachwatch weekend on International Cleanup Day during Project AWARE month.

During the third weekend in September each year, volunteers get together at out adopted beach at Batten Bay for a combined beach clean and underwater cleanup. As usual, all equipment is provided for beach cleaners (see the Beach Cleans page for more details) but divers should bring their own SCUBA gear, in test, as we cannot provide this for you. There is a separate survey form for the divers to fill in to record the rubbish they find underwater, which we do once they are back on the beach at the end of the dive. The survey data is sent to both the MCS and PADI Project AWARE for analysis and use in their campaigns.

The nearest dive centre to Batten Bay is In Deep, at the Mount Batten Centre. They have air fill facilities available for divers and may be able to provide kit hire. Their dive club usually joins us for this event.

The 2006 Underwater Cleanup Gallery | The 2005 Underwater Cleanup Gallery

2011

Please note that there will be no underwater cleanup this year for health and safety reasons, as this weekend is the final of the America's Cup in Plymouth.

2010

Saturday September 18th 2010
Big beach clean and underwater cleanup at Batten Bay for the MCS Beachwatch weekend and PADI International Underwater Cleanup Day. Meeting at 11.00am at Batten Bay at the top of the steps. We will need land-based volunteers for the beach clean and divers/snorkellers for the underwater cleanup. All equipment will be provided for the beach clean but please wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear. All divers/snorkellers must provide their own equipment, in test, but we will provide surface cover. Please email us on mcsplymouthlocalgroup@hotmail.com if you are planning to attend so we can get a rough idea of numbers.

2009

Saturday September 19th 2009
Big beach clean and underwater cleanup at Batten Bay for the MCS Beachwatch weekend and PADI International Underwater Cleanup Day, in conjunction with BTCV. Meeting at 10.00am at Batten Bay at the top of the steps and later moving on to Jennycliffe beach for a second beach clean. Please email us on mcsplymouthlocalgroup@hotmail.com if you are planning to attend so we can get a rough idea of numbers. Please note that anyone wishing to participate in the underwater cleanup should bring their own kit, in test, as we cannot provide this for you. In Deep dive centre is located at Mount Batten and have air fill facilities for divers. Their dive club will be joining us for this event.

2008

Saturday September 20th 2008
Underwater cleanup and beach clean at Batten Bay for the MCS Beachwatch weekend and PADI Project AWARE International Underwater Cleanup Day. Meeting at 10.30am at Batten Bay at the top of the steps. Please email us on mcsplymouthlocalgroup@hotmail.com if you are planning to attend so we can get a rough idea of numbers. Please note that anyone wishing to participate in the underwater cleanup should bring their own kit, in test, as we cannot provide this for you. In Deep dive centre is located at Mount Batten and have air fill facilities for divers. Their dive club will be joining us for this event.

Underwater cleanup at Batten Bay, September 2006. Photograph by Amy Bugg. Underwater cleanup at Batten Bay, September 2006. Photograph by Amy Bugg. Underwater cleanup at Batten Bay, September 2006. Photograph by Amy Bugg.
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