It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon at Lutwala Dive and our 8 Divemaster Trainees (DMTs) reckon they’re going to get away with sneaking in a cheeky nap on the beach. Wrong! Not until that beach is clean they’re not… With such a big team at the moment we decided it was time for a good old beach clean up, in support of Project Aware’s ongoing intitiative to look after the marine environment. Dividing all our instructors, DMTs and a couple of lovely Discover Scuba Diving customers into teams we managed to cover a huge stretch of the north shore of Gili Trawangan, home to dive sites Shark Point and Halik Reef. In just one hour of effort we managed to collect ten huge sacks of rubbish!
So much waste is not only an ugly eye sore ruining our idyllic beaches but, even worse, it is a huge threat to the wildlife in the area. Much of it will get washed into the ocean, polluting the water and putting our turtles, sharks and other fish at risk. It is common knowledge that our poor beloved turtles cannot tell the difference between a jellyfish/food and a plastic bag/choking hazard! It seems only right that we, as scuba divers, do our best to help look after the ocean we love and rely on. With this in mind Lutwala Dive will continue to do regular beach clean ups and encourage as many people as possible to get involved! To make it a bit more fun we used the time as a Q&A session to get to know our new DMTs a bit better. We learnt that Bryn used to be British Kickboxing Champion as a teenager and that Zoe used to sell prosthetic toe joints!! Then there are the revelations we just can’t mention here…..