It's that time of year again, the Two Oceans Aquarium Dive School will be hosting the UCT Underwater Club’s Diver24 fundraising initiative for its 24-hour dive-athon. The initiative aims to have UCT Underwater Club members scuba diving in the Two Oceans Aquarium’s I&J Ocean Exhibit from noon on 4 March until noon on 5 March. Funds raised will be donated to the Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation's Turtle Conservation Centre and #SeaTheBiggerPicture.
“The UCT Underwater Club is proud to be hosting our annual Diver24 fund raising event at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Diver24 raises money by rotating scuba divers, who have booked slots, in and out of the water for a full 24 hours in the I&J Ocean Exhibit. We aim to raise funds for impactful and meaningful charities which aim to better our community and our oceans through education and community action. This year we will be donating the money raised to the Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation and #SeaTheBiggerPicture.” - UCT Underwater Club
Each year, the UCT Underwater Club hosts the Diver24 event to raise funds for various charities. This fun event aims to have divers in the water for 24 hours. The event has been hosted by the Two Oceans Aquarium since 2017, with the exception of 2021, when the global pandemic temporarily halted the established tradition.
The Two Oceans Aquarium’s Dive School, which recently received a PADI Five-Star Dive Centre rating, is proud to be taking up the batten and again hosting the UCT Underwater Club for the event this year. The first set of divers will enter the exhibit at 12h00 on 4 March and the last set will exit the exhibit at 12h00 on 5 March 2023. This creates the perfect opportunity for visitors to the Aquarium to see divers in action, and to interact with the students who will be stationed in the public area of the exhibit.
The event isn’t just a fun experience for the divers, it also aims to raise funds for the Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation and #SeaTheBiggerPicture. Our Foundation has a strong emphasis on rehabilitating animals that have been negatively impacted by human activity, particularly sea turtles, and both organisations work towards improving the wellbeing of our ocean through public awareness and engagement campaigns and activities.
“Welcoming UCT Underwater Club to the Two Oceans Aquarium is always a pleasure," says Devon Bowen, Two Oceans Aquarium Brand Manager. "As an enthusiastic scuba diver myself, it's always a pleasure to see young people sharing their passion for an adventurous hobby in a way that supports conservation and environmental education efforts. Finding ways to connect people to the natural world, whether they are learning to dive at our Dive School, or are supporting the education efforts of #SeaTheBiggerPicture or the Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation, is critical if we want to foster a generation that has compassion and care for our fragile marine world. All the best to UCT Underwater Club, we wish you another successful year of Diver24 action!"
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