There's only one day a year when recreational scuba diving is allowed in Avalon Harbor, and it's coming up quickly. For nearly four decades, the Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup has provided a great opportunity to give back while having fun. Here are five reasons you want to attend.
It's fun! Anytime you get to scuba dive on Catalina is a good time and the Underwater Cleanup is no exception. Three entry points mean there is plenty of room. With an easy beach entry and sandy bottom, the green Avalon Pleasure Pier is a simple shore dive that even the newest divers will enjoy. Step Beach, further west, has a step entry. And near the Casino is a wall and rock entry.
There's lot of camaraderie. Each year the Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup attracts about 500 divers, making it one of the most popular events for scuba divers in Southern California. You'll make new friends, reconnect with old friends and maybe even find a new dive buddy or two.
It's for a good cause. Thanks to the dedicated divers who take part in the Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup, tons of trash have been removed from the harbor, including bottles, cans, sunglasses, wallets, cellphones and much, much more. Speaking of which, while you can keep any treasures you find, any rightful owners who can be identified should be contacted.
It raises money for good causes. Taking part in the Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup requires a $55 registration fee -- $65 if you wait until the day of to register. It all goes to a good cause, the event is a fundraiser for the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber and the Wrigley Institute Scientific Diving Program. Plus, you'll get a great t-shirt!
It's convenient. Need to rent gear for the Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup? Catalina Divers Supply can help you out with everything from a full scuba package to tanks and weights. Click here to reserve your gear online.