FAQ - AB Dive Events
What is involved in a Dive Event or Lake Cleanup?
Depends on each dive event, but the details will be posted on this website, AUC's Facebook page, or Event Host's webpage or 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 the host.
How do I sign-up or RSVP?
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 or at an Alberta lake.
How much does it cost to participate?
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 12 are often free but please be sure to RSVP. Lunch is often BBQ hot-dogs, smokies, burgers, etc. If you have special dietary needs - please bring your own.
Also remember that you will be automatically signed-up for your AUC free 1st 6 months 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). 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.
What if I need a dive buddy?
We can usually help find a compatible 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, or possibly fitter dive buddy and keeping yourself safe within your limitations.
What if I completed my open water certification while on a tropical scuba vacation and have only warm water diving experience?
Before participating in most of the AUC's Dive Alberta events & lake cleanups you should contact 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, gloves, 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!
What do I need to bring?
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 reserve & rent or start to purchase all the scuba gear you will need - including tanks (usually 1-2 or more) & weights/weight belt (please shop in Alberta, see AB Dive Shops. Most events are one day, but some (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 ensures 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 organized.
ALSO BRING: lawn chair(s), tarp, appropriate clothing, bug spray/sunscreen, extra water/juice/snacks & any special dietary requirements. At some events, often a scuba prize has been donated by a generous dive centre sponsor so bring extra cash (loonies/toonies) to purchase raffle tickets. Also remember to bring anything else you & or family & friends need to have fun & enjoy your day/weekend!
NOTE: Please try to arrive early or exactly on time, as you must be present for the Dive Event/Lake Clean-up's Dive Safety Briefing to be able to safely participate at most events.
The Fine Print... My Responsibilities & Assumption of Risk
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 NOW
YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to manage these risks & acknowledge that you are fully responsible for your own actions.
If anyone feels uncomfortable with any dive - at any time, your dive plan should be adjsted to accommodate your comfort level, experience, fitness, etc. and this should include deciding not to dive today - with any fear of embarassment or pressure to perform!
Cancel or "call the dive" or change the plan! No blame - no shame!
Don't push your luck ever, as today - it might just run out!!
Current Dive Alberta Event Calendar (remember dates tentative, 2020 dates to come, please RSVP)