Kingston Waters Cleanup




Saturday, June 8th, 2024 - 9 am to 2 pm

The Kingston Waters Cleanup is a partnership between Neptune & Salacia Diving, the Great Lakes Museum, Kingston Waterfront Rotary Club and Swim Drink Fish.

Now in its 5th year, this family-friendly event is an opportunity for the public to take action in the protection of our Great Lakes freshwater resource, to celebrate our waterways, and to engage with community organisations working to protect and advocate for the health and well-being of our local ecosystem.

At its core remains the community action shoreline cleanup known as PADI AWARE - Dive Against Debris®* that sees Kingston participate in an international initiative supporting water conservation efforts and take part in World Ocean Day (June 8th) initiatives. But, just because ‘dive’ is in the name, doesn’t mean this event is restricted to volunteer divers.

In order to be successful, we need twice as many surface support volunteers on land than divers in the water. Therefore, the support of non-diver volunteers is critical. Shore support volunteers pick up the debris bags from divers and help sort, weigh and record debris collected.

We can also use help to cover more ground if you are at the surface of the water as a swimmer, kayaker, canoeist or stand-up paddleboarder. Divers bring debris bags at the surface and you bring these bags, attached to a floater, to the shore. In shallower waters, snorkelers and free divers can pickup small debris and get back at the surface quickly.