This past weekend on 4 to 5 March 2023, the Two Oceans Aquarium Dive School hosted the UCT Underwater Club for their annual Diver24 dive-athon fundraiser. This year their fundraising efforts were in aid of two organisations focused on marine conservation, the Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation and #SeaTheBiggerPicture.
The first of a total of 84 divers entered the I&J Ocean Exhibit at 12h00 on Saturday, excited to explore the Exhibit during their one-hour time slot. On the hour they marked the occasion by holding up a “Hour One” sign to their fellow club members and interested onlookers from the public visiting the Aquarium that day. This continued for every hour milestone in the Exhibit, with a celebration of “Hour 24” at 12h00 on Sunday.
Having set themselves a fundraising target of R25 000, the weekend diving event got the fundraiser well on its way with the target nearly being met. However, if you would like to further help the UCT Underwater Club reach their target, donations can be made to the Back-A-Buddy account on the link here.
Visitors to the Two Oceans Aquarium were treated to some added entertainment as the UCT Divers participating in Diver24 had some innovative ways to pass the time. Some did underwater yoga in synchronisation with their club members in the I&J Ocean Exhibit gallery, while others were engaged in an intense game of chess.
"Hosting Diver24 this weekend is an experience that my team and I will treasure for a long time. Being able to raise funds for two fantastic organisations, the Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation and #SeaTheBiggerPicture has been an honour. In addition to our divers having a blast, we hope that this event will put diving in the public eye and inspire people around us to protect our oceans. Thank you to the Two Oceans Aquarium for hosting us this year, and to everyone involved for making this possible”. - Vega Luppnow, UCT Underwater Club Committee member.
The interaction between visitors and the Diver24 divers illustrated exactly what this event was all about. Fundraising was a top priority, but in addition introducing the public to the wonders of scuba diving and the importance of marine conservation were of great importance. Representatives of the Two Oceans Aquarium and UCT Underwater Club were enthusiastic in answering the visitors’ questions and informing them of the opportunities to take part in diving experiences or learn the skill of scuba diving at the Two Oceans Aquarium Dive School.