All of us at High 5 Sports Camps are super proud to announce that Surfer’s Against Sewage have ordained our school with official Ocean Guardian status. We are 1 of only 25 schools shortlisted from entries all over the UK and have been awarded a super special Ocean Plastic Emergency Kit (OPEK).
As official SAS OCEAN GUARDIANS we have pledged to protect the beautiful stretch of coastland from Bantham to Bovisands in Devon together with our beach partner, Discovery Surf School.
Growing up in a passionate surfing community and frequently visiting the coast within our programme of camp activities means by default we relish the great outdoors and have huge respect for our unique coastal environment. We have witnessed first hand how plastic pollution is devastating our beautiful beaches and marine ecosystems so wanted to do something that helped protect them locally, but also something which broadened awareness nationally and beyond. Here is how our OPEK is going to help us achieve this:
#MINI BEACH CLEAN BINS – We now have a 360 litre volume wheelie bin stationed at Discovery Surf School on Bigbury beach. Alongside the bin is a kit which provides the information, inspiration, guidance and equipment for beach goers and our campers to do their own #MINI BEACH CLEANS. As well as special SAS litter pickers, bin bags and beach clean buckets, the special Ocean Plastic Bottle Recycling Hatch (AKA the lid!) will ensure that we recycle as much plastic pollution as possible.
SCHOOLS BEACH CLEAN BOXES – From buckets to giant test tubes and special ‘Graptor’ litter pickers to Plastic Free Schools campaign kits our box contain the tools, information and inspiration to enable our youngsters to take action to protect their favourite beaches in their own way.
This gives us such a unique opportunity to integrate environmental education and beach based events into our activity programmes for the year – challenging our campers to eliminate and help combat the unnecessary use of single use plastics, while inspiring and empowering the communities they represent to follow their lead. We will create a vital first line of defence against marine plastic pollution on our favourite beaches.
Since 2009, the Big Spring Beach Clean has removed over 100 TONNES of plastic pollution from the UK’s coastlines. An epic effort of almost 40,000 people and we’re so excited to join them for 2018. Watch this space for news of our upcoming Spring and Summer beach clean events. If any of our families would like to get involved with our activities and initiatives then give us a shout! You can also follow the movement on social media using the hashtags: #SASOceanGuardians
OCEAN GUARDIANS UNITE!