Dive Events & Lake Clean-ups
Tentative for 2023
(Note: dates are always subject to change)
The AUC promotes local diving in Alberta by sanctioning and providing support for scuba diving events and underwater lake clean-ups held yearly by affiliated AB Scuba Clubs, Alberta's LDS (AB Local Dive Shops) & the AUC, all around Alberta.
DATES for 2023 have now been tentatively set! But are subjet to change due to many factors.
Remember: Events might be postponed or cancelled - sometimes at the last minute.
Most events have limited spots available so you should register or RSVP with event hosts in advance.
Please note that Lunch is sometimes no longer provided, you must bring own lunch/snacks, juice/water, etc. If you have allergies - be sure to bring your own!
Congratulations.... you are now an Open Water Scuba Diver! Pool/classroom and open water certification (accomplished here at home or in the tropics) is complete.
So now you ask...... “WHAT'S NEXT????” New and experienced scuba divers are encouraged to get out & get wet by diving locally!! Taking an advanced course or specialty or locally "guided dives" can be the next step but also practicing your scuba skills in-between is essential too!
But how to do that?? How to find a buddy?? Where to go diving?? Here is where the AUC can help!
Discover local diving with the AUC
Meet new dive buddies
Practice & increase your underwater scuba skills
AUC members often enjoy reduced event fees at many dive events
Contribute to environmental lake cleanups!
Contact your favourite LDS (local dive shop in Alberta) for their events/lake cleanups
EARN POINTS for the AUC's AB DIVER OF THE YEAR (more info to come soon!)
Add some fun & find dive buddies too! Participate at this year's tentative Dive Alberta Annual Events & Lake Cleanups! Participate or volunteer above or below the surface at your choice at many AUC Dive Alberta events from early spring up to late fall in Alberta. Many events are planned annually around the same dates, locations, and its hosts/sponsors.
Most events include: dive activities, like underwater navigation, scavenger hunts, u/w poker, dive caching, plus lake clean-up components or sometimes even river snorkeling!
Some events are fully dedicated lake cleanups - like the Banff's or Sylvan Lake's fall cleanups. Some AUC dive events can challenge even the most experienced diver. But new scuba divers still have lots of opportunities to develop their in-water scuba skills (like u/w navigation) while having fun & meeting new people from all across Alberta.
Watch for the new & improved AUC's Alberta Dive Guide which should be available for purchase at your favourite local Dive Centre/Retailer or on-line thru the AUC's web-store! This will help with the where & which location is best for the beginner & advanced divers in Alberta.
(tentative, as always!)
Please mark your calendar for the AUC's Dive Alberta Events in 2023. New dive events and/or lake cleanups are also included - note: tentative schedule.
AUC's SCUBA SAFETY NEWS - 2023: Dive SAFE, Have FUN!
Dates/locations are always subject to change without much notice! Please contact the host club/dive or the AUC office if planning to attend, most events need pre-registration!
Recap: Most events in 2022 were held but much smaller attendance from previous years. Note 2020 and early 2021 were cancelled due to COVID. In 2019, over 520 scuba divers, plus friends & families, in addition to AUC's Casino & AGM came out & enjoyed the camaraderie of new scuba buddies and removed over 1 1/2 tons of trash from AB lakes & rivers in 2019. Much less recovered in 2020 & 2021 as cleanups or events were cancelled due to covid.
Win Prizes at events & automatically qualify for GRAND PRIZES!
AUC members automatically qualify for a chance each year end to win GRAND PRIZES! To qualify, just sign the AUC Dive Event Waiver at 2 or more Dive Alberta Events/Lake Cleanups for your chance to WIN! More events entered = more chances to WIN! Grand Prizes include:
$250 Gift Certificate from the Alberta Dive Centre or AB Instructor of your choice (provided by the AUC)
Participation or Event Prizes are often raffled at most AUC events, thanks to sponsors from local dive shops, local Alberta scuba clubs, gear suppliers, and sometimes even local businesses (if available)! Much appreciation to many dive equipment dealers & LDS sponsors!
Divers, Remember to Bring:
All your dive gear & tanks (one or more) - BCD, regulators, drysuit/wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins, boots, weights, dive computer, hood, gloves, cutting tool, etc.
Rent & bring extra tanks for more diving if possible, air-fills are usually not available onsite
Additional dive gear to bring: u/w slate, compass, dive light, cutting device, plus a small tarp to change on
Scuba Certification card and logbook
Warm clothing, even if the sun is shining, be prepared for typical Alberta weather which could be sunny - plus everything in between
BRING OWN LUNCH - Some events - no longer include food and water, so bring your own lunch/snacks/beverages, especially if you have allergies or special dietary requirements - always be sure to bring your own.
ALSO nice to have .... Lawn chair, bug spray, sunscreen
Don't forget Cash for registration fees, raffle draws (if available), etc.
Thank You ...... to all our Volunteers, AB Scuba Clubs & AB Dive Shops!
All registered & current members participating and volunteering, above or below the surface, at AUC sanctioned events and lake cleanups are acknowledged and thanked for their involvement at each event & are also encouraged by being eligible to win prizes donated by our sponsors at the events (when available). At entry in 2 events during the dive season are automatically entered to win our DIVE ALBERTA Grand Prizes!
We honor and especially appreciate our volunteers who put in many hours of their own time over the past 60+ years, like:
AUC Board Members (past, present & future) & other scuba or underwater hockey members who've accumulated many hours in meetings, functions, events, tournaments, lake cleanups, outdoor shows, etc.
Scuba safety volunteers who donate their time to putting in the: Banff Safety Marker Buoys, Dive Flag Awareness signs at Alberta's boat launches, as well as those who volunteered many hours at the AUC booth at local boat & sportsman & outdoor shows around Alberta to help educate boaters about the "Diver Down" flag/buoy & "For Fishes' Sake, Don't Throw Litter!
Also the countless bubble-blowing hours spent underwater by those who have created, maintained underwater parks and navigation courses at Alberta's lakes
And the countless hours and 43 tons of trash (and counting) removed from lakes including Twin Lakes, Cold Lake, Sylvan Lake, Quarry Lake in Canmore, Lake Minnewanka & Two Jack Lake in Banff, Jasper lakes, Waterton, Gull Lake, Mirror Lake, Narrow Lake, Glennifer Lake, Bow River, and more, over the past 6 decades.
Let's not forget all of underwater hockey's volunteers from the u/w hockey coaches, their parents for volunteering at fundraisers, billeting, chaperones, board meetings & helping at their club's tournaments, or Canadian or international World championships.
We couldn't do it without you! AUC celebrates over 60 years and is still going strong supporting underwater sports activities in Alberta (since 1960)! The Council celebrates it's 60th Anniversary in 2020 and the 25th Anniversary of Divescapes Scuba Conference in Edmonton on Oct 28, 29th, 2022, at the River Cree Resort & Casino). Next DIVESCAPES is scheduled in Calgary at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino for Oct 18, 19th, 2024.
Thanks to your AUC membership - providing real dollars to support many programs, PLUS the countless hours of volunteers' precious time has been donated to the AUC during every decade since 1960! Plus the important annual contributions from AB Government support grants, Casino Fundraiser, Bingos and AUC's supportive business partners/sponsors from the scuba industry in Alberta & beyond!
If you are interested in volunteering your talents & time, especially as a contributing Board Member, please contact Cathie at the AUC Office (see contact form below, or phone: 780-427-9125, Toll Free: 1-888-307-8566, email: firstname.lastname@example.org