The Avalon Underwater Cleanup 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. This year’s cleanup will be held on Saturday, February 22.
Catalina_33rd_T_shirt (2)For the second time since the event began, Lover’s Cove has been added to the dive sites. Lover’s Cove is a protected marine preserve by the State of California and is normally closed to divers.

In years’ past, 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 USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber and the Catalina Conservancy’s Robert R. Given Fund for Ocean Conservation and Educational Outreach established in the name of Dr. Robert Given.  The USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber is a 24/7 emergency recompression facility on Catalina that serves thousands of divers who frequent the waters of Southern California.

Volunteers are also needed – various roles from calling sponsors to event day help are sought! For more information, email

For more information on the cleanup this year, click here. To register, click here. Through February 14, registration is available for $50 per person. Late Registration (on-site) will be available on February 22nd for $60 per person. The registration fee includes diving privileges for the event, a T-Shirt, one door prize ticket, certificates for special offers and discounts from Catalina merchants, and a coupon for discount travel to the event on the Catalina Express.

The hyperbaric chamber on Catalina Island.

The hyperbaric chamber on Catalina Island.