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Sylvan Lake Clean-up

20th Annual Sylvan Lake Cleanup 2023

Location: Sylvan Lake, set up at main pier area

Date: Sunday, September 24th, 2023

What: 20th  Annual Lake Clean-up Dive @ Sylvan Lake

Who: Divers, Paddlers, Lake Shore Volunteers

Cost: $5 donation appreciated to cover additional replacement cleanup supplies

Hosted By: ​Alberta Underwater Council and Town of Sylvan Lake

Sponsors: Tim Hortons, Town of Sylvan Lake, and your provincial scuba association: the AUC.  Additional sponsors welcome!!

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Event Times:

9:00 am Registration & Waivers

9:30 am: Beach Cleanup Safety Briefing & areas assigned to volunteers walking the park & beyond (led by Mayor Sean)

10:00 am: Dive Safety Briefing, followed by fins in and paddlers (weather permitting) launched, u/w lake cleanup starts

12:00 pm: lunch can not longer be provided

Divers - come out to collect some trash underwater and help keep our lakes, rivers, and waterways debris free! Mesh bags (onion sacks) and a cutting device provided by the AUC.


Paddlers needed, preferably in canoes, to paddle trash back to shore & give divers empty mesh bags to continue on.


Shore volunteers needed to help divers/paddlers collect, record and dispose of trash. 

OR shore volunteers are directed to collect trash along the shoreline.  Town of Sylvan Lake to provide dumpster or garbage truck on site.  Bring your own garden gloves, sturdy shoes, wear appropriate clothing, etc.  Also nice to have small plastic container to collect "sharps" (glass, metal, etc).  Do not touch needles!!  All children must be accompanied by an adult & a WAIVER must be signed.


Sylvan Lake Cleanup - possibly to be scheduled next year for Sept 28th, 2024 - so as not to compete with Terry Fox runs.

Divers, Remember to Bring:
  • All your dive gear and tanks - BCD, regulators, drysuit/wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins, boots, weights, (nice to have - extra 2-4 lbs of lead due to shallow depths here), dive computer, hood, gloves, dive knife

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

  • 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 no longer include food and water, bring your own lunch or snack/juice/water

  • Lawn chair, bug spray, sunscreen

  • Small amount of cash for registration fees, raffle draws, airfills (if available)

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