The Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup, presented by the Catalina Island Conservancy, is an annual dive event held at Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island. The event was started in the 1970s by the local dive community in an effort to cleanup Avalon Harbor, and this event is the only time diving is permitted in the Harbor. Over the years, this event has grown to become one of the most popular dive events in Southern California.
In years’ past they have had over 500 divers who had a great time retrieving trash and lost items from the harbor as well as celebrating the event. There are numerous parties around town on both Friday and Saturday nights as divers revel in the warm friendly atmosphere of Catalina Island. Several dive clubs also have made this event one of their premier social events of the year.
The proceeds of the Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup benefit the Catalina Conservancy Divers Given Fund for Ocean Conservation established in the name of Dr. Robert Given and the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. Catalina Conservancy Divers is a support group of the Catalina Island Conservancy. The Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber is a life support recompressions chamber on Catalina that serves thousands of divers who frequent the Catalina waters.
For more information on this great event, visit the Catalina Island Conservancy website here.