The award reflects an ongoing commitment to conservation.
AVALON— Catalina Divers Supply (CDS), the island’s only full-service dive center, was recently honored with the Cares for Catalina Award. The Care for Catalina programs were developed to encourage dedication to conservation and sustainability efforts on Catalina Island to limit human impacts, protect the environment, and learn more about Catalina’s approach to sustainability and commitment to future generations.
The sustainable tourism award honors Catalina Divers Supply “for extraordinary contributions by a business to the furtherance of sustainable tourism” for managing the 2023 Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup. This was the event’s 41st year, where more than 600 divers and about 100 volunteers headed out to Avalon Harbor to groom the seafloor and collect an average of 3,000 pounds of debris. 2023 was the first year CDS managed the respected event. The next Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup will be held Feb. 24, 2024.
The Catalina Cares Award was distributed in July at the annual meeting of the Catalina Tourism Authority, known as LoveCatalina.
Catalina Divers Supply owner Christy Lins said hosting the underwater cleanup is part of the company’s environmental commitment. CDS is also a PADI Aware Partner (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), a designation that honors the company’s commitment to the dive agency’s ocean conservation programs. At CDS’s dive center located in the Catalina Casino, a significant portion of the retail space is dedicated to sustainable products, including refillable water bottles, reef-safe sunblock, and reusable home products.
“Everyone who works at CatalinaDivers Supply understands the importance of ocean conservation,” said Lins in a press release. “We are dedicated to not just reducing our impact on the environment but also helping our customers understand how their everyday activities can make a difference.”
Catalina Divers Supply was founded in 1960 and is one of the oldest dive shops on the West Coast. Dedicated to helping adventurers explore Catalina’s underwater world, the shop offers various scuba classes and experiences, gear sales, rentals, and repairs. Additionally, boat dives are available onboard the Scuba Cat. Catalina Divers Supply also offers snorkeling tours as well as snorkeling gear sales and rentals. As a PADI Five Star Dive Center, Catalina Divers Supply has been instrumental in the development and continued success of the Casino Point Dive Park, one of North America’s most popular dive spots. The company’s central location is on the ground floor of the Catalina Casino; a second location lives on Avalon’s green Pleasure Pier.
For more information, please visit https://www.catalinadiverssupply.com/.
July Harbor Activity
|People Aboard Boats||9,980||Average Temp- High||69|
|Vessels Moored||2,495||Average Temp- Low||62|
|Vessels Anchored||288||Average Sea Temp||69|
|Moorings Sold/ Transferred||2 / 0||Rain||0|
|Citations Issued/ Discharges||0 / 0||Rain Days||0|
|Total Cruise Ships/ Passengers||7/ 27, 654||Weather Warnings||0|