By Oahu Volunteer Dive Team Coordinator & U/W Photographer Ken Staples
Our most recent debris-removal outing with Island Divers Hawaii (IDH) was aboard the trustworthy boat Sea Fox.
Andrew Monnig, a Lead Instructor with IDH, briefed the 18 volunteers on our cleanup plan and set course for the Spitting Caves area outside of Moanalua Bay nears Portlock.
All of us divers quickly exited the boat and began our descent to the cleanup area. We got to work immediately and used extra caution as the current was strong and the visibility poor. Safety is always number one.
This area of the reef was cleaner than expected, but we still managed to fill our collection buckets quickly. Before we knew it, it was time to surface. We grouped together and swam away from the wall and up to our safety stop.
Mahalos to our great volunteers for hoisting the heavy debris up onto the boat.
With another successful cleanup in the books we headed back to the dock with smiles and satisfaction on every face. Big Mahalos to our ODA volunteers and to our partner Island Divers. I can’t wait till next month.
Andrew Monnig, Lead Instructor
Kevin Wong, Lead Instructor
Ken Staples, yours truly, underwater photographer
AJ Jaeger, taking pics up top
If you’re in Hawai’i on June 22nd and you’re at least Rescue Diver Certified, we’d love to have you join us on our next outing. Please visit this Island Divers Hawaii page to register!
If not, we’d love to have you with us “in spirit” by supporting ODA with a donation to fund our work. Bucketloads of mahalos!