Your clubs underwater litterpick dive will require careful and appropriate planning and preparation in line with BSAC’s Safe Diving guide

Before you start planning your underwater litterpick please read through the following guidelines carefully. You will find essential advice on the safe planning of your litterpick and a guide to safely and successfully diving that plan.

Choose your underwater litterpick dive site

  • Your chosen site must be safe for an underwater litterpick. This means the depths and conditions must be suitable for the experience levels of all of your participating divers.
  • Avoid dive sites that are potentially hazardous – eg. heavy boating traffic, fishing activities or areas affected by industrial discharges.
  • We strongly advise that you choose a site that you have dived before. If possible, conduct an orientation dive prior to your underwater litterpick to evaluate any potential hazards and assess the area to be cleaned.
  • Inform the Coastguard and/or harbour authority of your location, planned activity and the number of divers in the clean-up team.

Recruit your divers

  • If you are conducting a specific underwater litterpick dive with a group of divers, try not to overcrowd the dive site. If there are enough of you, you could survey two dive sites. Also, make sure you have sufficient boat cover.
  • Ensure your underwater litterpick divers have the relevant diving qualifications and have read a copy of these guidance notes before the day.

Underwater litterpick equipment you will need

  • Mesh bags to collect litter underwater.
  • Lifting bags to recover litter to the surface – see Marine licensing guidance.
  • Underwater slates for recording unusual items or items that are left in place.
  • Marker buoys for identifying the area you have covered.
  • Rubbish bags for disposing of the litter retrieved at the end of your litterpick.

Get the word out!

  • Let your local media know about your planned underwater litterpicks – this will help to promote the campaign as well as generate good publicity for your club.
  • Please go to grow your club for more advice and guidance on working with the media.

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