|DEMA's Diving Community Champion Award recognizes DEMA Member companies using diving to benefit their communities and the public. Here we'd like to recognize and feature one of the nominees from the 2019 award season. Thank you for your contribution to our industry!
Dixie Divers coordinated their annual Deerfield Beach Pier Cleanup. To bring in divers to help support the cleanup effort, they registered to break a Guinness World Record: Largest Underwater Clean-Up. On June 15, 2019 they set a new record with 633 SCUBA Divers. There were also numerous volunteers helping with the topside clean-up and coordination. As a result of these efforts 1,826 lbs. of lead (including over 5,100 sinkers), 101.7 lbs. of fishing line (including over 6,200 pieces), 644.5 lbs. of miscellaneous items (such as knives, fishing poles, wood, metal fragments), and of course a 45 lb. dumbbell were removed from under the pier and in the surrounding area. Totaling a weight of 2,572.2 lbs, debris was removed and either recycled or disposed of appropriately by the city of Deerfield Beach. Not only was this a very enjoyable experience for those who participated, it was a huge environmental success, a boost to the local communities economy and helped bring together divers from across the U.S. and the world. Dixie Divers and the Guinness event were trending on social media and the event was punished by several media sources across the globe, including but not limited to the BBC.
- Nomination submitted by
Arilton Pavan, Dixie Divers