Welcome to our new site
Greetings to all my friends and other environment lovers. I would like to welcome you to the launch of our first website. For my first blog, I thought I would share a bit of background on how the Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans group came about.
After selling The Edge Diving Centre in Sept of 2013. My friend Jonathan Martin asked if I wanted to go for a dive with him, as he hasn’t seen me for a while. So he chose Buntzen Lake as the dive site as he has never dove in that lake before and neither have I. While we were dressing up in dive gear in the abandoned parking lot, I thought I’d bring a couple of mesh bags with us to collect a few dropped bottles and cans, should there be some. We filled those two bags with beverage containers within a few minutes of our dive and decided, we must go back with more equipment and more divers.
With the very cooperative BC Parks staff blessing and six dive trips later, we managed to remove well over 1,500 lbs of garbage from Buntzen Lake in several distinct “party areas” where discarded bottles, cans, beach toys, and swim items have gathered for years. With the thought of what is in one lake, must be in another, we set out in search of more garbage in other lakes. We soon found ourselves in several other lakes such as Alice Lake, Cat Lake, Brohm Lake, Browning Lake, Rice Lake, Edith Lake, and several other ocean dive sites such as Deep Cove, Cates Park, Copper Cove, Britannia Beach and many others. After realizing that the garbage pile is getting bigger and the job looks endless, we decided that it would be a good idea to form a small group, get a little more organized, raise some money to purchase equipment that we needed, and perhaps try to educate the general public whenever we can.
Thus the group, Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans was born. Without Jonathan asking me to go out for a dive, this never would have happened. Without the core group of hardcore supporters who tolerate my obsession of getting the unseen trash out of our waters, this would never have happened. So I am grateful for the growth that our little group has seen and the growing total of garbage weight tally and hope for the day that when we go for a dive, and actually see a pristine environment.