Sponsorships and Associations
The WAVES Project states its Mission to “provide an opportunity for American Veterans with service connected disabilities and their families to experience scuba diving.” AVDD is excited to get on board with the Project and allow Veterans from the Antelope, Conejo, and surrounding valleys to experience the freedom of Scuba. Click here for more information on our partnership with WAVES.
For the 6th year running, AVDD will participate in Heal the Bay’s annual Coastal Cleanup Day. Last year Dan Blocker/Corral Beaches had 120+ volunteers come out along with another 13,344+ volunteers across LA County at 77 other sites to pick up nearly 30 tons of trash that was bound for our oceans in just three hours. We are excited to participate in the 2019 Coastal Cleanup Day on September 21.
In 2017, AVDD officially “adopted” Dan Blocker Beach in Malibu, CA as our own. The California Coastal Commission program encourages volunteers to “adopt” a beach, organizing at least three cleanups a year to combat marine debris and keep our beaches clean.
Our home in the Antelope Valley is also the host of the annual California Poppy Festival. Lancaster has one of the most abundant annual production of poppies every year, which of course is California’s state flower. Every year, these brilliant orange flowers light up our mountains and valleys. AVDD hosts a booth every year to celebrate Scuba diving in the least likely place of all, the desert!
For 38 years and counting, Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island has hosted an underwater cleanup of the harbor and surrounding waters. AVDD is a permanent participant in the annual dive, as well as other underwater cleanup dives around Los Angeles, and up and down the California Coast. We are dedicated to keeping the waters we dive clean so more can enjoy the cold salty waters of California for generations to come.
Every year, members of the Antelope Valley Desert Divers visit our veterans at the William J. “Pete” Knight Veterans Home in Lancaster, CA, to cook and enjoy lunch with some of our honored heroes. The home is an assisted living facility and full of enthusiastic, fun-loving vets. It is truly a memorable afternoon with these wonderful friends and venerable seniors.
The USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber has been in continuous operation since 1974 to handle Scuba diver related injuries and emergencies. Without the Chamber, serious diver injuries would be left untreated, with devastating consequences. In recognition of the importance of the Chamber, AVDD participates in and fundraises for the annual Chamber Eve and Chamber Day events that help keep it operating, year after year. We have been proud to be the largest single club donor, matching our $5,000 donation 2 years and counting.