SCUBA divers have the best opportunity to explore the ocean and bring awareness to ocean issues. Whether your dive location is a shipwreck, coral reef, or some other interesting under-the-sea location, get your local dive shop, club, or organization together for an underwater expedition! Perhaps you can couple it with an underwater cleanup. Teach others about diving with free learn to SCUBA lessons or stay at the surface with snorkeling tours.
Sample Event: Divers mark World Oceans Day with Subic Bay Cleanup
Organize a day of nature tours for your local community to learn about and enjoy the ocean’s beauty. Sponsor a local naturalist to lead a nature walk, cruise or kayak along a nearby river, lake, or coastal area. The tour can include identifications and discussions of the aquatic wildlife and features seen and unseen along the way. Give participants lots of time for hands-on exploration. Include information about our ocean connection and how we can protect our blue backyard!
Sample Event: World Oceans Day at Esquimalt Gorge Park
You can also host a walk, run, or a street parade! Encourage kids and adults to dress up as their favorite sea creatures and raise funds to donate to a local conservation organization.
Likewise, identify a specific ocean-related issue that you want to bring awareness to and hold a march or rally for it! The issue could be plastic microfibers, overfishing, or something else affecting the oceans – extra points for something relating to your local community. This is a great way to educate participants on the serious issues surrounding the big blue, and it can help spur action towards solving problems facing the ocean.
Sample Event: 8th Annual Run/Walk for the Beach 5K
Host a regatta for your local community. Make your regatta interesting for spectators by having educational booths and entertainment. A public sailing race is a great way to get everyone to the water and thinking about the ocean on World Oceans Day!
Sample Event: Race to Recycle Regatta
Hit the waves and host a surf competition! Invite amateurs or even professionals to make it interesting. Turn the event into a fundraiser for a conservation program or organization in your area with a prize to the winners of the competition. Surf shops and clubs can get the public involved by offering free surfing lessons. Whether it's windsurfing, kitesurfing or wave surfing, these activities are a great way to get people in the water while attracting a great crowd of spectators!
Sample Event: Surf-abration at White Point Resort
Host a swimming race or event. Whether it is in the ocean or a lake, get members of your community into the water for World Oceans Day. Charge a small entry fee to view or participate and donate the proceeds to a conservation program or organization in your area.
Sample Event: RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay 2KM Sea Swim