Mermaids International Clean Up Day 15th September 2018
We’ve just completed our 2nd Mermaids International Clean Up Days with the 4th Annual Inter Schools Day on Saturday 15th September 2018. In total there were 154 participants involved from transport and cooking breakfast to diving and snorkeling, we are proud of everyone’s efforts involved to clean our adopted Island of Koh Sak.
The Mermaids Dive and Snorkel crew started their clean-up day at the center at 7am on Saturday, getting ready for the volunteers arriving. Without our volunteers, these clean-up days wouldn’t be possible, and we would like to thank the team from Regents International School, Pattaya and all our Instructors and Divemasters for traveling and helping us on the day.
Participants from St Andrews International School located in Bangkok arrived, registered and collected their T Shirts. This was our largest group for the day with snorkelers and divers looking forward to getting in the water. After checking all equipment, they were soon tucking into their bacon and egg rolls and eager to start the day. The STA beach cleaning team collected an amazing amount of trash.
Next to arrive was Bromsgrove International School from Bangkok. They are keen supporters of keeping our oceans clean and getting involved in the community. On the beach they got to work immediately and didn’t stop until it was time for lunch. The divers in the group collected trash over 2 dives.
Garden International School located in Bangkok arrived completing the school groups for the day. A large group with a mixture of divers and snorkelers, they entertained the Mermaids Team all the way to the boat with their excitement and eagerness to get going. The Garden Clean Team were amazing on the beach and picking up every bit of trash in sight.
We headed down to Bali Hai Pier to board the boats and headed out to Koh Sak. Whilst on board everyone had a Project AWARE Briefing and this clean-up we were joined by Neil Richards, PADI Regional Manager for Thailand who gave the cleaners a huge insight into the aim behind Project AWARE.