Dixie Divers Guinness World Record & Pier Clean Up
Deerfield Beach Pier CleanUp and Guinness World Record 2018
Did you know that every minute, one garbage truck worth of plastic is dumped into the ocean. Yearly, a colossal 1.4 billion pounds of trash ends up in our beautiful oceans. Of this waste, much of it is plastic. To date, there have been 275 billion plastic bags produced worldwide in just 2017 alone. Every second, a massive amount of 160,000 plastic bags are being produced and used. By the end of this year, we will have used 5 billion plastic bags. According to the world counts, of these 5 billion bags, 5 million of them will make their way into the ocean either indirectly due to things like poor waste management, or directly by people who unfortunately do not know the significant consequences to the environment from their actions. Additionally, only less than 1% of these used plastic bags are properly recycled. This is why plastic is the number one and most serious source of pollution in the ocean. Information provided by 40 ocean.
Every year for the last 13 years, Dixie Divers hosts an event for the Deerfeild beach pier, encouraging divers to take the plunge and help clean up the garbage around the pier. With over 300 volunteers this year, they were able to collect one-half ton of lead, 52lbs of wood, 161 pounds of line, 104lbs of metal, 102lbs of miscellaneous debris for a total of 1465lbs of material removed. Additionally 219 miles of fishing line was removed from the pier.
In addition to the pier clean up, Pavan at Dixie Divers continued his quest to hold the Guinness World Record for the longest human underwater chain. So once patrons and divers completed the pier clean up, they were able to participate in an awesome attempt at a world record.
The total number of divers that participated in all events on June 16th was over 600 divers. It included 386 participants in the record attempts, 45 group leaders and 200 divers participating in the annual pier cleanup. Divers from as far as Canada, Argentina, Canada, Germany and Brazil participated in this event. -Dixie Divers
GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT 2018
Dixie Divers, a Padi five-star dive center today announced its GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS TM achievement of orchestrating the Longest Underwater Human Chain. On Saturday, June 16, the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS TM attempt resulted in 386 certified divers from around the world simultaneously linking up underwater at Deerfield Beach in Florida. Dixie Divers was formally awarded its GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS TM certificate immediately after the achievement on June 16.