Sweep is here again and Dixie Divers with help of City of Deerfield Beach has arranged to have Deerfield Beach Pier closed on June[masked] from 9:00am until 12:00pm so that divers can maneuver among the pilings with safety. Volunteers are needed to dive the pier and for the land duties such as pulling up the buckets the divers will fill with monofilament line and lead sinkers and to co-ordinate the surface onlookers. All volunteers can keep as many lead sinkers as they like or you can help by cleaning the beach or by just talking about diving and our local environment. Monofilament line is a hazard to many sea creatures especially sea turtles and birds who get wrapped up and cannot free themselves. These poor creatures eventually starve so please join us and help clean our local area of this danger to our underwater friends. This is the 6th annual Reef Sweep presented by Dixie Divers. Cepamar will keep records of the trash weights and different composition. Dixie Divers will be video taping the divers and volunteers who participate for a DVD that will be given to City of Deerfield Beach and Broward County for their environmental education programs. This past year, Dixie Divers has received a recognition for excellence from 2010 PADI Americas for Project Aware Marine Environmental Award. The Pier dive is one of the most fun for local divers because of the variety of creatures and the abundance of life there. Normally closed to divers because of fishing this once a year treat lets us help the environment and dive a forbidden spot all at the same time.
Procedure for Volunteer Divers
- Register and Park free at the Deerfield Pier Parking Lot
- Register 8:00 A.M.- 9:00 A.M.
- Must have C card or Certification Number
- Dives are from the Beach
- Bring cutting tools (for monofilament) snips, scissors, and small rake.
- Free parking in front of the Pier and big parking on the beach.
- Bring family members for the Beach Clean up..
Please contact Dixie Divers at (954)[masked] for more information.