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What motivated you to host a beach cleanup? As a scuba dive instructor, I have the opportunity to shape the mind of a new diver first hand. Showing them the right way, being a role model to other divers, and caring for what is precious to us doesn’t need a lot of motivation. I had some devastating dives in Indonesia—diving with beautiful manta rays, just for reality to hit you once breaking through the surface in a carpet of trash.

What suggestions can you offer to others wanting to make a difference to the health of the oceans? The oceans should be most valuable to all of us. You don’t need to be a diver to help and show your support. First, be aware. Aware of your impact on the planet; the choices you make on a daily basis. We release toxins into our drains without even thinking about it. Never mind the thought of all the toxins we put on our skin in the first place. Awareness regarding plastics—straws you don’t actually need; using reusable shopping bags, etc. Then, of course, get involved. There are so many fantastic companies out there that give everyone a chance to do something. Join underwater cleanups, beach cleanups, volunteer for the Ocean Legacy and help sort out ocean trash, help spread awareness, be a role model.

When is your next cleanup? We are hoping to get another cleanup dive in before summer and then in the fall again. Specific dates will be posted.

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