Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup

What a great cause! Especially for those of us who dive Catalina frequently.

Neutral Dive Gear is going to try to get a few of our own people to show up and help out.

Is anyone here planning to attend?

The Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup is an annual dive event held in Avalon Harbor at Catalina Island once a year on the Saturday following President's Day. The event was started in the 1970's by the local dive community in an effort to cleanup Avalon Harbor, and this event is the only time diving is permitted there. The event has grown over the years to become one of the most publicized and popular dive events in Southern California.

Besides offering divers the opportunity to dive in Avalon Harbor, the event brings together a large number of people who share common interests – diving and Catalina. Last year we had over 520 divers who had a great time retrieving things from the harbor as well as celebrating the event. There are numerous parties around town on both Friday and Saturday nights as divers revel in the warm friendly atmosphere of Catalina Island. Several dive clubs also have made this event one of their premier social events of the year.

The proceeds of the Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup benefit the Catalina Conservancy's Ocean Conservation projects and the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. Catalina Conservancy Divers is a support group of the Catalina Conservancy. The Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber is a life support recompressions chamber on Catalina that is available to serve the thousands of divers who frequent the Catalina waters.

The details of the 2008 Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup are as follows:

Date: February 23, 2008

Location: Avalon Harbor, Catalina Island, California


Cost: $35.00 per person when you register on-line.

$45.00 per person February 1, 2008 or thereafter.

REGISTRATION: Registration is now open.

For more details on the event, visit the Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup webpage.

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