Underwater Volunteering

Underwater Volunteering

Underwater Volunteering

DO YOU WANT TO HELP KEEP THE OCEAN CLEAN AND THAT YOUR ACTIONS BRING ABOUT THE NECESSARY CHANGE FOR THE FUTURE OF THE SEA, IN AND OUT OF THE WATER? JOIN OUR CREW

Although recreational and sport diving is an activity that was born more than 50 years ago, it was not until the first years of this century that techniques of respect and environmental awareness have been included in the training of recreational diving, also following one of the Objectives of Sustainable Development set by the United Nations in 2015 for the 2030 Agenda , SDG14 – UNDERWATER LIFE .

Recreational or sport diving provides society with thousands of witnesses to the damage that human actions cause in the ocean. Beyond the surface, only divers can experience weightlessness, silence, emotion and the vision of a primeval nature, but only they can also see the waste deposits, the tires, the bottles, the furniture …, and a long etcetera.

Due to this double opportunity of recreational and sport diving – personal experience and awareness -, including this type of activities in the volunteer work of the European University in the Canary Islands makes it possible for participants to learn to function safely in the aquatic environment, while , from different fields and competences, they participate in cleaning and awareness actions.

With this objective, the TIREOUT project was born. A project aimed at cleaning the coastal waters of Tenerife, with special attention to abandoned tires on the seabed and environmental awareness of the sectors involved. It is part of the scope of action that the “diving area” of the Student’s Club of the European University of the Canary Islands carries out with the association SCUBA LIFE (Scientific Diving Section for Logistic Support to Research, Training and Specialization) in projects on marine waste.

The project takes shape in a coordinated action between recreational divers, who report the location of the tires in highly visible coastal waters (currently, 24 locations defined) and the removal of this waste by the SCUBALIFE volunteer team, from the Student’s Club from the European University of the Canary Islandsand the technical centers in the area. Once out of the water, these wastes are transported to authorized treatment points, where their energy recycling is studied. Once the study has been carried out, awareness-raising efforts are focused on the traditional fishermen sector of the local fleet and the neighbors who inhabit the coastal areas, since accidental falls of tires and other types of waste favor the accumulation of waste. on the seabed.

The “diving area” of the Student’s Club of the European University of the Canary Islands also participates in cleaning actions registered in programs for the removal of marine debris supported by the Cabildo de Tenerife. On February 14, the “diving area” participated in cleaning the seabed at Abama beach, in the south of Tenerife. During that day, from deckchairs to towels were extracted.

One of the dimensions of the educational model of the European University is ethical-social awareness, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). From this perspective, TIREOUT highlights the interrelationship between the different social and environmental sectors, evidencing the continuity between human actions and the effects on their environment, raising awareness of the student and promoting a responsible attitude committed to protecting the environment.

The TIREOUT project has also been the winner of the “Social Commitment Aid 2020” from the European University Foundation, in collaboration with Santander Universities.

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