Underwater Cleanups


© Mark Russell

Join us for an Underwater Cleanup!

SECONN Skin Divers seek to be an environmentally conscious crew – each dive is considered a cleanup dive (whether it’s trash or treasure); but we do set aside at least a few dives every year whose sole purpose is to seek out and recover as much trash and marine debris as possible. We celebrate Earth Day with a cleanup dive in the Connecticut River and the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) dive in the Thames River in September. The ICC is an international initiative to promote the problem of marine debris and to organize a world wide effort to clean up our coasts.

Since 2014, SECONN divers and helpers have helped pull over 1,500 items from the Thames River. These items include food wrappers, cigarettes, socks, plastic bottles, straws, bicycles, and more. This year, our divers and helpers pulled over 30 glass bottles and pieces of pottery, oars, fishing poles, license plates, marine debris, and even a stop sign from the area around the Deep River Landing for our Earth Day Cleanup.

Help us clean up our coastal waterways – both in dedicated underwater cleanup dives and in regular recreational dives. If you go diving and find a site that is full of debris, let us know! Locals divers are always helping to clean up our waterways.

Underwater Cleanup 2015

Cleanups can be a dirty job – we need help both in and out of the water! Shoot us an email if you’re interested in volunteering.

For news on upcoming underwater cleanup dives, check out the posts below:

International Coastal Cleanup
Sep 15 @ 09:30 – 12:00

SECONN will once again be joining with the Ocean Conservancy for the International Coastal Cleanup! Sites are available throughout Connecticut (and the world), but we are the only one headed underwater to grab the items that have already made it into our Connecticut waters. Every year we pull small things like plastic forks and spoons to larger items like bikes, skateboards, and more. We have people both in the water and on land…divers and non-divers alike join together for this event.

If you’re interested in joining or have questions, reach us here: officers@seconndivers.org