19th September is International Coastal Clean Up Day and the Old Mutual Sub Aqua Club (OMSAC) chose Harbour Island in Gordon’s Bay as their “clean-up” location this year.

Despite heavy winds, 20-odd divers braved the cold water and poor visibility to clear the areas beneath the moorings of Harbour Island of rubbish.  Indigo Scuba Gordon’s Bay  provided one of the support boats, along with three other members of the Harbour Island Homeowners Association.  The NSRI was also on hand.

The event was sponsored by Pick n Pay who provided yummy snacks and hot and cold drinks for the divers, as well as Plastics SA and Reef Wetsuits who provided prizes for all the participants.

It was an incredibly well organised event (hats off to organiser Carel van der Colff) and everyone had lots of fun.  Apart from doing our bit for clearing up the oceans, R3 530 was also raised for the NSRI.

And what would a coastal clean up be without the odd find?  Items “rescued” from the water included a sun lounger, car radio, buckets, golf balls, numerous pairs of sun glasses and reading glasses, bottles and glasses from the local restaurants, and even the pole from one of the huge sun umbrellas from local restaurant Antonios (or was it Berties?).

A lot of fun was had by all and it was great to experience the camaraderie of divers from all across Cape Town, all doing their bit for the ocean.

A very big thank you to OMSAC for choosing Harbour Island in Gordon’s Bay and to everyone involved!