Jade Scuba Expanding to Washington

We are moving to Washington! But don’t fret, we’re keeping a California base as well.

We love our Southern California diving, but we are very much looking forward to seeing everything the Puget Sound has to offer as well. Ashley and I (Jake) have decided we are going to move to Washington as our main home. That doesn’t mean we’re gone for good! We will be back down every July and we are leaving behind some amazing instructors who can assist everyone at our original SoCal home.

We will be temporarily shut down in CA at the end of this month (March) and plan to resume operations April 15th. In the meantime, we have some rentals and instructors available to assist our SoCal divers. We will be splitting up the website and getting another phone number soon. For now, continue contacting us as normal. Further details will come as we get settled.

Dive on bubble blowers.

1st Anniversary Dive Against Debris Wrap Up

It’s been a crazy couple of months. This is long overdue, but better late than never!

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since our first ever Dive Against Debris. Since then, we have adopted Long Beach Bayshore as our official Dive Against Debris site and hosted this event monthly. This past September 14th, we celebrated that commitment to cleaning up our community. But we’re not celebrating us. No, we’re celebrating all of you who have volunteered your weekends to come out and make a change. Without you, none of this would be possible.

This celebration was the largest event we have ever hosted. We were both ecstatic and terrified at the amount of people signing up. Everything went well though, thanks to our team of sponsors and volunteers.

Attendants started out with check-in on the beach and a review of how and why we collect debris. Divers then geared up, buddy’d up, and went into the water while our volunteers topside went out with their buckets and grabbers. Everything collected was brought back, sorted, and reported to Project Aware and Ocean Conservancy.

After the cleanup, everyone enjoyed an after party with a live band by School of Rock Huntington Beach and catering by California Creationz. All in all, it was a great day! I couldn’t have asked for more.

About 75 participants came out on Sept. 14, a 50/50 split of divers in the water and non-divers cleaning up on the sand. Here’s the final statistics for the day:

  • Approximately 30 pounds of total debris collected: 25 from the beach and 5 from underwater
  • Over 3000 individual pieces of debris and trash collected
  • 345 pieces of underwater debris carefully collected from our scuba divers
  • Winner of most unique item was an unopened Michelob Ultra, later enjoyed by yours truly. Thank you Thomas!

This event would not have been possible by the following sponsors who donated their time and money to make this event not only happen, but happen for free for all attendees! A big thank you to:

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Seavengers recently found out about our Dives Against Debris and have been coming out in force to help clean up our beaches. They helped sponsor this event and came out with a team which collected quite a bit of debris from the sand. They have also partnered with Project Aware and will match donations made through their website! A little bit about them:

At Seavenger, we believe that the power of adventure is found in the people you share it with. Whether you’re exploring the underwater world, waiting on the perfect wave or spending a weekend on the boat, the moments you create with loved ones are the building blocks of a life well-lived.

Our watersport gear is designed for free spirits of all generations, fostering a love of the ocean in old souls and young hearts alike. We believe that company barbecues, family vacations and weekend getaways with friends are always better by the sea.

Created to encourage connection and inspire community, Seavenger swims with you in the little moments that make life an adventure. 

TOGETHER, WE VENTURE.

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Project Aware has been with us from the start. They have donated their time and debris bags to help out our events. Plus, they created the Dive Against Debris Diver specialty we teach and preach. They raise awareness worldwide about the debris problems in our ocean and how to help. If you’re getting scuba training through PADI, make sure you opt in to the Project Aware card with a small donation. It goes to a good cause and gives you a stylish card to show off!

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School of Rock – Huntington Beach was a huge hit at the event. A band made up of their students came out and rocked so hard, boats were stopping and blocking the Marina! Every song finished with a round of applause. Seriously, they rocked. They have a ton of great programs for all ages, check em out!

Everyone loves food, but California Creationz took it to a new level. It was a huge hit with everyone. Their taco bar was devoured by all, yet there was still a bunch more leftover. They brought more than enough. Ashley and I took some home and fed our neighbors. If you’re looking for a good caterer, check them out!

Sorry if I forgot anyone. If you missed the event, don’t fret! We still host monthly Dive Against Debris dives and will have another big event next year!

Dive Against Debris 9 June 2019

Thank you to our wonderful team of volunteers joining us at the beach!

12 divers and 2 beach cleaners came out to Bayshore Beach in Long Beach, CA on 9 June 2019 to help clean our beaches and oceans. 80 pieces of marine debris were pulled from the ocean, weighing in at 6 pounds, along with 411 pieces of debris found, weighing 3.9 pounds, on the beach.

CPT. Charlie from a local non-profit, Algalita, came out to say hi to our ocean lovers and give a short talk about our oceans. He started Algalita 25 years ago when he first saw the issues with pollutants and chemicals entering our oceans. As the problem turned to plastics he changed the focus to plastics. He spoke about the importance of the data recorded through our Dive Against Debris events in helping push policy change. However, he reminded us that this is the end of the problem and the solution is at the beginning of the process. Cpt. Charlie reminded us that we have the power to assist in the change at the beginning of the chain by choosing to not purchase and use single use plastics.

Dive Against Debris – April 2019

Katie, from Algalita, sorting through marine debris.

On Sunday, April 7, 2019 we hosted our monthly Dive Against Debris on Bayshore Beach in Long Beach, CA. During this event, we had 8 divers collect over 230 pieces of debris weighing in at over 15 pounds. The divers spent an average of 50 minutes under water.

Jade Scuba Adventures has “Adopted” Bayshore Beach as a dive site by agreeing to do at least one dive per month at this location to collect, sort, and report debris data at this location. Though this Adopt a Dive Site program through Project Aware, Jade Scuba has been able to compile Data on how much and what types of debris are found underwater. The first reporting at this dive site took place in September of 2018. Since then, 40 Scuba Divers have volunteered over 31 hours of dive time collecting over 1800 pieces of debris, mostly inside the swim zone at depths less than 18 feet.

You have probably heard that straws are an issue in the ocean and they injure marine life. Did you know that approximately 20% of the debris collected at Bayshore Beach has been plastic straws? They are found frequently in the shallower waters, about 5 to 8 feet deep. They are most likely left on the beach and then blow into the water and sink.

Our Dive Against Debris events also include beach cleanup. Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell app is how we record the surface debris. Over 7500 pieces of debris have been collected on this beach including over 3500 plastic/foam fragments and 1900 cigarette butts and cigar tips.

You ask how you, as one person can help this problem of marine debris. Participate! Do a beach cleanup- sort and report what you find. Doing the cleanup is half the battle. The other half is having the data to backup the real problem and being able to use it to affect policy change at the local level.

The data that has been collected over the last 6 months at this specific location is being used in Long Beach to affect change. It is being taken to multiple businesses and community leaders to show the problem and recommend changes. One small change that is being affected is reducing/removing the use of plastic sandbag anchors for different events in the swim area and requiring event hosts to use reusable options. Citizen science programs such as Dive Against Debris are extremely valuable tools to affect change by recording and compiling data.

Ocean Sanctuaries out of San Diego , Project Aware out of Rancho Santa Margarita, and Algalita out of Long Beach are key non-profits that assist in these projects locally.