The current Guinness World record for most divers taking part in an underwater cleanup is held by Ahmed Gabr, a former Egyptian Army scuba diver, with a team of 614 divers in the Red Sea in Egypt in 2015. This year, South Florida divers are hoping to beat that record.
The goal is to get at least 700 divers at the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier, 200 NE 21st Ave. on Saturday, June 15 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. to collect trash from the ocean. The event is being hosted by Dixie Divers. This will be the company’s 14th year doing the cleanup. They hope that while cleaning the ocean, they can get a record-breaking number of divers to participate.
“We want everyone in the dive community to join us,” Dixie Divers wrote on the Facebook event page. “Last year we had individuals who were just certified, individuals diving their entire lives, young and old, locals and divers from other countries came to join us! If you’re a certified diver, you’re qualified to participate.”
Interested divers must be certified and bring their own gear including mask, fins, regulator, buoyancy compensator device and full scuba cylinders. They must also register in advance at racersignup.com/world-record-attempt-largest-clean-up-underwater.
Registration costs $30 and will include a UV-blocking shirt, certification of record breaking and a gift bag with items from local contributing dive shops.