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Jasper - 1st dives of 2023

Location: Jasper, Alberta - Park Canada Permits required (day/weekend/or yearly)

 

Date: CASUAL Get-together in Jasper for  May Long Weekend 2023- not an official event

(has been held on May Long Weekend since 1962, called the Jasper Aquathon & Athabasca River Race (61st Annual)

 

Camping Reservation required at - our usual is "WAPITI CAMPGROUND, Section RR (or close to it)" BUT camp where ever you can get a reservation - as reservations can be very limited, must book early (or check for cancellations just a few weeks, or days prior)

 

NOTE: Whistler's Campground in Jasper is now open after extensive renovations and boasts new washrooms & showers.

However, Wapiti might be closed soon for renovations.  Or booked your preferred accommodations as early as possible as campsites & accomdations are limited!

Hosted By Volunteers from the AUC and local scuba clubs & participating LDS (local dive shops, usually from Edmonton)

 

See also:  The Dive Outfitters, Ocean Sports, and JasperHotels.com

 

RSVP to: info@albertaunderwatercouncil.com

A non-official event - casual camp-n-dive only, no longer a fully scheduled & sanctioned AUC event.

 

Meet & arrange to dive with buddies at Lake Annette, or Lake Edith, or Lac Beauvert, or Horseshoe Lake, & more! Jasper has many lakes to choose from. 

Dive times usually early - meet 8:30 am in parking lots at Jasper's Lakes (parking is limited & often very busy during weekend). 

RSVP above or Post your interest on AUC's FACEBOOK Group Page if looking to join in the Camp-n-Dive Fun at Jasper.

  • Must have COLD WATER diving experience & bring all your own scuba gear.

  • Air fills are usually available at Jasper Fire Hall on Saturday 3:00-6:00 pm. Current price is $10 per tank, cash only, exact change required. Subject to availability, if any fire emergencies are called.

  • Bring extra tanks if you can.

  • Note: This event & all others are "Subject to change without notice"

 

Remember

  • Please keep scuba gear tidy & respect others right to use the park. 

  • Must bring or rent all your own scuba gear, plus at least 2- 3 tanks. 

  • Not an official dive weekend event, just an opportunity for divers getting together for a camp 'n dive and to experience their 1st dives of the Alberta dive season in Jasper. 

Dive safe ................... have fun, Always!

DIVE  & Safety Protocols to be followed (where applicable):  

  • ​     LIMITED numbers, please let volunteers know if need a buddy

  •       MUST have COLD-WATER dive experience prior to registering

  •       WAIVERS/RISK AWARENESS FORMS must be read & voluntarily signed prior to participation (everyone, no exceptions)

  •       MUST BE PRESENT at Dive Safety Briefing prior to participating in event dive(s)

  •       MUST follow standard dive safety guidelines & all directions of event volunteers    

  •       COVID/PUBLIC HEALTH: Minimize interaction and maintain physical distance of at least 2 meters (6 ft)

  •     COVID/PUBLIC HEALTH: IF COVID signs/symptoms present or suspected - do not participate, protect yourself and others

Previous 50th Annual Jasper Aquathon was held in 2012.

Athabasca River Race - 2016 video by Angie Garred

 

WARNING: All participation in all Jasper activities is AT YOUR OWN RISK. The Athabasca River Float-  especially due to Becker's Rapids can be challenging.  BUT most of river is often slow, all depends on current spring conditions including amount of snow melt, recent rain & consequent river flow rates.  Float/snorkel down the Athabasca with a buddy (if wanted) and do so at your own risk 

Flotation devices recommended. Recommend NO Costumes: Only hats, t-shirts (over wetsuits), etc.  Previously, costumes were allowed during the River Race but no longer due to safety reasons.

NOTE: Previous Jasper Aquathon Events often included a River Race, Lake Cleanup Dives, UW Dive Event, Navigation Completions, etc.  It also previously included Lunch on Saturday & Sunday plus BYOM BBQ Sunday after diving.  But event is now done only on a casual basis as the Jasper volunteers experienced burnout.

Divers, Remember to Bring:
  • All your dive gear and tanks - BCD, regulators, drysuit/wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins, boots, weights, dive computer, hood, gloves

  • Other dive gear that you will find useful to bring: dive light, writing slate, compass

  • Your certification card and logbook 

  • Warm clothing, even if the sun is shining, be prepared for typical Alberta weather which could include rain, snow, and everything in between

  • Most events DO NOT INCLUDE food and water, bring your own lunch or snacks, water, juices, etc.

  • Lawn chair, bug spray, sunscreen, camping gear (if applicable)

  • Small amount of cash for registration fees, raffle draws, air-fills (if available)

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