Derby & Festival
I.CARE’s Trash Derby Sponsored by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in support of Goal: Clean Seas will include two days of debris collection, sunrise to sunset, Friday, May 3rd and Saturday May 4th from Key Largo to Key West with a team leader meeting prior to debris collection on Thursday, May 2nd. All activities are permitted by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) and Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC).
On Sunday May 5th, there will be a FREE family-friendly festival at Founders Park, in Islamorada Florida, from 12pm -6pm. The festival is open to the public and will include an award ceremony, raffles, silent auction, games, activities, food, music, vendors, and local organizations working to improve our reefs.
You do not need to commit to the entire weekend! Come just for the festival, participate on one or both days, and divers can book one dive, or multiple dives!
Ways to participate/compete:
With a local dive shop
If you are a certified diver, you can join a local participating dive shop
Land & Shore
Walk the shoreline, use your own paddle board/ kayak, or join one of several organizations hosting land based clean ups.
Use your own boat or rent a boat to take out divers and/or snorkelers to collect submerged debris.
No limit on team size. Teams/Individuals will be judged by average weight per person (lbs/person). See Participant Info page for rules, debris drop off locations, team leader meeting details, and more.
To help reduce the amount of debris impacting our islands, I.CARE is hosting their second annual Trash Derby. I.CARE is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to incorporating recreational divers in activities to restore the coral reefs of the Florida Keys. In their first 2 years, I.CARE has transplanted over 15,000 corals of varying species and educated over 2,500 participants about the importance of coral reef communities. This event not only serves as a way to help clean our seas, it is also a fundraiser to help I.CARE continue its work on our reefs.