North Jetty underwater cleanup is Sunday 5/20

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North Jetty underwater cleanup is Sunday 5/20

 

The Venice Inlet NORTH Jetty underwater cleanup event, sponsored by the SunCoast Reef Rovers (Venice Dive Club) is scheduled for Sunday morning, May 20. 

The SunCoast Reef Rovers is always looking for divers, topside helpers, snorkelers and kayakers  to help with this annual clean-up event. All divers entering the water are welcome to attend and partake as long as they are a certified Scuba diver and comfortable diving in low visibility water with debris and sharp objects in the area.

If interested in participating, please email Ken.Lackmann@fl.usda.gov ASAP if you plan to dive, topside helper, snorkeler or kayaker.

Based on tide charts, the current plan is for divers to enter the water at 8:45 a.m. to take advantage of the slack tide and exit the water sometime between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m..

Divers should arrive between 8 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. to allow plenty of time to get ready and be geared up and able to enter the water at 8:45 a.m. There will be a pre-dive briefing at 8:30 a.m. to cover the dive plan. The pre-dive briefing will be held where the North Jetty begins to extend out into the Gulf — look for the SCRR banner.

Local law enforcement will be onsite to assist.

After the dive, doughnuts, fruit, water and OJ will be provided for those who assist with the cleanup.

No supplies, gear, tanks, kayaks, snorkel gear, gloves, etc. will be provided for the divers, kayakers, snorkelers or topside helpers. Everyone needs to bring their own gear. Divers need to remember to bring their own dive gear, tanks, cutting supplies, etc. Please remember to bring dive flags so organizers can place them along the North Jetty.

Divers:

1)     Remember to add just a little extra weight to help keep you down.

2)     Bring something to cut fishing line and possible crab trap lines.

3)      Bring gloves to protect your hands and protective clothing (wetsuit) to protect the rest of your body from sharp objects.

4)      If you have any lift bags, it would be a good idea to bring them.

5)      All divers, including SCRR club members, please bring a copy of your dive certification card so organizers can attach it to the SCRR Dive Club waiver form. Many of the forms on file are outdated and do not have current “in case of emergency” contact information.

Topside individuals:

1)    Remember to bring protective gloves (lots of hooks, etc.).

2)    Wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty.

3)    Kayakers, please remember to bring any items you need and be prepared, your kayak may get dirty from the underwater debris.

4)    Snorkelers, remember to bring anything you might need.

For more information, email Ken at the above address.

Lorraine Anderson

City of Venice Public Information Officer

 

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