Participate above or below the surface at your choice of many of the AUC's Dive Alberta events & lake cleanups from early spring to late fall. PDF of 2013 Dive Alberta Events
Most events include dive activitites like underwater navigation, underwater scavenger hunt, underwater poker, or additional underwater games or challenges, plus a lake cleanup component or even river snorkeling at two of the yearly events.
Some are fully dedicated lake cleanups like the Banff & Sylvan Lake Cleanups. So that event's mission is only to collect, catalogue & dispose of all the garbage found underwater.
Additional friends or family are also welcome to come & cleanup the beach or surrounding shore areas or provide shore support. Cleanup gear is supplied by the AUC & Project Aware.
Other dive events can challenge even the most experienced scuba diver. But newer divers still have lots of opportunites here in Alberta to develop their in-water scuba skills while having fun & meeting new people at lakes/rivers across Alberta.
Answers to FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about AUC's Dive Alberta Events/Lake Cleanups:
Q: What is involved in a Dive Event or Lake Cleanup?
A. Depends on each dive event, but the details will be posted on this website, AUC's Facebook page, or Event Host's webpage/facebook which should help answer most of your questions as every event is just a bit different. If not, please email or phone the AUC office or event host.
Q. How do I sign-up or RSVP?
A. Follow the directions provided by the AUC or event host. Often you can choose to RSVP via Facebook, phone or email the Event host (dive club or dive centre), or phone, or email the AUC office. Remember, if at the last minute, for some reason, you cannot attend an event after already RSVP-ing, don't panic, we'll miss you but it's better to have too much food/supplies than run out at the last minute at a remote location at a lake.
Q. How much does it cost to participate?
A. Depends on the event - but usually a small fee $5-30 per person is payable in cash during registration at the event location which usually covers the cost food/drinks for lunch provided by the event host and/or the AUC. Sometimes you can even register & pay in advance at the host dive centre. Additional family members or friends are always welcome & often pay only $5 to help cover cost of food. Children under 16 are usually free but please be sure to RSVP. Lunch is often BBQ hot-dogs, smokies, burgers, etc. If you have special dietary needs - please let organizers know or bring your own.
Also remember that you will be automatically signed-up for your AUC free 1st year membership when you sign the event waiver. Please be sure to renew your AUC membership in advance or at your 1st event of the dive season (due one year from your start date). As of Jan 2012, AUC memberships for Individuals are $20 pp for One Year, or $30 for Two Years, Family Memberships (same household with additional adult & up to 3 kids under 21) are $30 for One Year or Family Two Years: $50. Membership dues with the AUC are subject to change as needed. Your membership dues helps fund many AUC programs & projects to the benefit of scuba divers & underwater sports players across Alberta.
The Fine Print: AUC membership must be current & up to date to participate & to qualify for the event's prizes (if available) or for the Grand Prizes at the end of the dive season.
Q. What if I need a dive buddy?
A. We can usually help find a compatable dive buddy or arrive early, be friendly & find your own. Be sure to let organizer's know at registration or at the Dive Safety Briefing at the latest if you still need a dive buddy! BUT remember to always dive to your own experience, comfort & fitness level and know that you are responsible for your own safety. It's a fine line between stretching & challenging your underwater abilities, or trying to keep up to your more experienced, fitter dive buddy and keeping yourself safe within your limitations.
Q. What if I completed my open water certification while on a tropical scuba vacation and have only warm water diving experience?
A. Before participating in most of the AUC's Dive Alberta events & lake cleanups you should conatct your local favourite dive centre or scuba instructor during the early summer dive season for open water "guided dives" with a divemaster OR complete an advanced specialty course - either choice is great value for personalized service to orient tropical or new divers to Alberta's sometimes challenging conditions, with often more difficult entry,exits points, etc and of course, all of the extra scuba gear required - heavy wetsuits,(or take drysuit training), plus hood, mitts, and the heavier weights required. It's not difficult - just a bit more task loading for most beginner scuba divers and the more often you can get out & practice the better a diver you can become!
Q. What do I need to bring?
A. Now that you are a "certified scuba diver" you are responsible to bring all your own scuba/snorkeling gear. You can purchase or rent - so contact your favourite scuba centre or nearest local scuba instructor to purchase or to reserve & rent all the scuba gear you will need - including tanks (usually 1-2 or more) & weights/weight belt.. Most events are one day, some like the Jasper Aquathon & River Race on the May Long Weekend are multiple day events. Divers often rent extra tanks & take this opportunity to get extra dives in with new dive buddies at new dive sites around Alberta.
Additionally, you must remember to bring your C-Card (Scuba Certification Card), plus you must fill out & sign the AUC Dive Event Liability Waiver. Plus please provide emergency contact information. Even non-diving volunteers, shore support, paddlers, etc, must fill out and sign the event waiver. This also ensure that your name(s) are automatically entered into the Grand Prize Draws!
Scuba Divers: please bring: all your own scuba/snorkel gear, PLUS one dive slate & compass per buddy team, a diver's cutting device (for safety, especially during lake cleanups as fishing line & other debris cause entanglement hazards) PLUS a small tarp to change on & keep your gear organzied.
ALSO BRING: lawn chair(s), appropiate clothing, bug spray/sunscreen, extra water/juice/snacks & any special dietary requirements. At some events, there is a big scuba prize that has been donated by a generous dive centre sponsor so bring some cash to purchase raffle tickets. Also remember to bring anything else you & or family & friends need to have fun & enjoy your day/weekend!
As a certified scuba diver (or volunteer or paddler at event or lake cleanup), you are responsible for your own safety & for managing the risks that are inherent within our sport.
Because your scuba certification qualifies you to dive independently, there is no requirement for supervision - we are only there coordinating the logistical aspects of the dive event/lake cleanup.
We will do our best to inform of the dive's risks & of any uncertainties or unknowns. Knowing the risks & understanding the limits of your training, experience, physical fitness, etc, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILTY to manage these risks & acknowledge that you are fully reponsible for your own actions.
Thank you for volunteering or participating at the AUC's Dive Alberta events & lake cleanups and for your acknowledgement of personal responsibility! Have fun!
Special thanks to each and every hard working AUC event volunteers: from the BBQ flippers & assistant cooks who help feed us, dive masters who log divers in & out and/or set-up underwater nav courses, paddlers who provide support for safety & lake cleanups, shore support volunteers who help in so many ways, especially during the lake cleanups, plus registration & raffle ticket sellers, event hosts & their special volunteers, etc. These volunteers have fun volunteering at all the events so the scuba divers or river snorkelers, etc, can have lots of fun!
Plus our sincere thanks to all of our supporting sponsors: Alberta's Dive Retailers/Event Hosts, supporting Alberta Dive Clubs, and their Volunteers, and especially to BonaireDiveVilla.com and The Dive Outfitters (Edmonton).