Table Rock Lake
Underwater and Beach Cleanup Results and Review
September 21st and 22nd 2002
Event information Results in 2002:
Sports Dive Shop in Branson Missouri had another great turn out for
their 4th annual Underwater
and Beach Cleanup. There were over 220 divers participating with 18 boats being
deployed along with 3 ducks (amphibious vehicles).
All participants received free boat transportation, air fills, PADI AWARE T-shirt, beer and BBQ pork was served Friday Night, water and soft drinks served Saturday and Sunday. Free Hamburgers, hotdogs and BBQ Pork was served for lunch on Saturday and Sunday to participants and a prime rib and chicken buffet was served at the banquet Saturday night for $15.00 per person.
There were many prizes given out at Saturday nights banquet including a spear gun, split fins, dive mask, T-shirts, gift certificates and lots of other prizes with everyone receiving something. Along with the prizes a full set of Sherwood dive gear was raffled off at $10.00 per ticket.
Rocklane Resort offered divers hotel accommodations Friday and Saturday night for a great price of $99.00. Rocklane Resort has water view rooms, Boat ramp, 2 pools, Tennis Courts, Shuffle Board, Picnic area, Cable TV, restaurant, has Table Rock Marina and Scuba Sports Dive Shop at resort location.
Scuba Sports had a nice area set up with large trees next to the water. Everyone gathered in this area Friday night eating the pork that was freshly cut and mingled, discussing diving and other issues. As the night went on, the full moon came out sending glimmers of light across the water as everyone congregated around the large warm campfire next to the waters edge.
Saturday morning divers awoke to a thick fog rising from the lake. The fog started to lift several times and quickly returned until finally dissipating around 10am, but there did not seem to be any discouraged divers. Boat after boat of anxious divers disappeared into the white thick fog. While on the boat it was difficult to see land and most of the time it was impossible with the thick fog surrounding the boat on calm waters presenting an almost tranquil and relaxed environment. The fog lifted and revealed a brilliant blue sky with a nice temperature in the 80's all day Saturday.
There did not seem to be as much trash this year as in previous years, giving the impression that this event and the divers attending have made a real improvement in the lakes environment and have clearly made a difference.
Overall the weekend went well, considering that two compressors blew out during the course of the weekend, delaying some air fills. The first one blew out Saturday morning on the dock of Table Rock Marina / Scuba Sports, the second one belonged to the fire department and blew out early Saturday afternoon on moon shine beach. This was an unfortunate thing to happen to the Scuba Sports and Table Rock PADI AWARE Staff who worked so hard all year long setting this event up. They should be commended on the fact that they found solutions to these problems quickly. Tom's Dive Center set up a compressor on the shore in front of Rocklane Resort and filled tanks all day and was a blessing at this years event.
Scuba Adventurer would like to thank Scuba Sports and the staff that has worked so hard year after year to make this an enjoyable event.
Be ready for next years posting of Table Rock Lake PADI AWARE weekend put on by Scuba Sports. This is a great event to participate in while making a difference in the environment.
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