Divers raise money, collect garbage

UB Diving’s annual underwater pumpkin-carving contest netted $1,156 for the Canadian Cancer Society — exceeding the $1,000 goal by more than 10 per cent.

BESIDES CARVING PUMPKINS underwater

BESIDES CARVING PUMPKINS underwater

UB Diving’s annual underwater pumpkin-carving contest netted $1,156 for the Canadian Cancer Society — exceeding the $1,000 goal by more than 10 per cent.

Co-ordinated by UB Diving owners Shellie and Sean Smyrichinsky and several dedicated volunteers, the event attracted 21 divers to the Fanny Bay dock on Oct. 30, where they not only carved pumpkins, but also supported another cause — the Dive Against Debris Project.

Instead of collecting and donating money for the Debris project, however, divers were each given bags to bring up trash from under and around the Fanny Bay dock, where water depth measures nearly 40 feet.

Thanks to divers, a bicycle, toilet, fishing rods, and more than 65 glass bottles and cans, and plates and cups, were among the trash collected for deposit in a proper refuse bin.

Whites Drysuits sponsored the barbecue, and also provided drysuits for divers to demo; UB Diving provided complimentary rental gear for those who needed it.

UB Diving  is a full-service dive centre, offering charters, instruction, drysuit and regulator repairs, retail sales, air fills and tank inspections.

— UB Diving