Earlier this month, 633 divers came together for a truly inspiring cause. Together, they broke the Guinness World Record for largest single-day cleaning of the ocean floor! They collected trash from around a pier in Florida – and you won’t believe how much they dragged up! Here’s your daily dose of inspiration.
The Divers Who Cleaned The Ocean Floors
Every day more people wake up, realizing how important it is to take care of our planet. Of course, this means reusing and recycling; however, it also means cleaning up! Still, it can often be hard to make a difference on one’s own. But when someone creates an event around cleaning up, like breaking a world, it makes it all the easier for others to show up and help out. Plus, a public event makes it more likely it’ll end up on the news, inspiring others!
With this in mind, on June 15, a group of 633 divers came together to break a Guinness World Record. Together, they collected over 1,500 pounds of the ocean floor, off the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier in Florida! To break the record, they needed more than 614 divers (check) and had to stay underwater for at least 15 minutes. And they did!
Over 1,500 Pounds Of Trash
Divers came from nearly all 50 states, and a few other countries, to help break the world. The youngest, a 13-year-old named Dahila Bolin, attended all the way from Illinois, along with her mom Rebecca, to take part.
Immediately after collecting the trash, participants had no idea how much they picked up. They just knew it was a lot! In the end, it took a couple hours for officials to determine the final weight. One of the divers who helped recruit others, and is also an environmentalist, RJ Harper, said, in the end, they collected between 1,500 and 1,6000 pounds of trash! Most of the waste was fishing lines, fishing weighs, and plastic. Harper said, “All those times the line gets caught, you just never really think about it. Obviously, trash was collected, but the beauty of it is with 633 divers, we were able to do a very thorough cleaning.”
Harper hopes this event will inspire change and others to organize and participate in ocean-floor cleaning events in the future.
What Really Matters
Even though the event ended up successful, some initially held doubts. After all, it’s more than 600 people diving all at once, and staying underneath the water for fifteen minutes! So when everyone succeeded, it was a joyful celebration. “I have 600 new friends just as a result of this,” one participant said.
An official Guinness adjudicator, Michael Empric even came down all the way from New York City to officiate the record-breaking event. He was in charge of the official headcount, going out to the water, and holding the timer for the divers. When he announced the record to the hundreds of divers, everyone broke out in a joyous cheer! Fun fact: the holder of the previous record of most divers cleaning the ocean floor is named Ahmed Gabr, from Egypt. He and a team of 614 divers collected trash from the bottom of the Red Sea.
Empric summed up the event in the most important, simple way: “It doesn’t matter what happens today with the Guinness World Records. What really matters is that everyone is out there cleaning up around the pier and trying to improve the community.”