Derby & Festival
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.
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. 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 and activities, food, music, vendors, and local organizations working to improve our reefs.
Ways to participate/compete:
No limit on team size. Teams/Individuals will be judged by average weight per person (lbs/person). All debris must be sorted/weighed/recorded with a volunteer at one of the designated debris drop off locations to count toward your teams derby entry. Clean up materials and event t-shirts will be provided while supplies last and priority will be given to teams/individuals in the order that they register. See Participant Info page for rules, debris drop off locations, and more.
A mandatory team leader meeting for Private Boat and Land & Shore teams/individuals will be held Thursday, May 2nd from 6:00pm - 7:30pm.
To help reduce the amount of debris impacting our islands, ICARE 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.