Attention SCUBA Divers: Underwater Bay Cleanup, this Saturday!

This Saturday will kick off the 2nd Annual Underwater Cleanup for Newport Harbor!  This event, sponsored by many local businesses, is the second event– the strangest thing found last year?   A firearm! (police said it did not appear to be used in any crime)

If you are a PADI-certified diver with gloves and a cutting tool, you can sign up here:

Beach City Sports is giving 50% off of rentals for the event– but you must contact them independently. (

The event will begin simultaneously at Balboa Bay Club and the Duffy Electric Boats dock, starting at 7am, and will deploy people to various locations throughout the harbor.  Above water help is needed for dock cart assist, food stations, registration, diver assist, communications, Project Aware data cards, unique item collection, etc. If you have special skills and want to take on a bigger role as a team captain, please contact us at— volunteers are still needed!

Harbor Construction Co. has donated the use of a Crane Boat to collect the trash and will be lifting some heavy object found underwater the day before the event. Bristol Farms is providing delicious food and financial support this year and the Balboa Bay Club is donating the venue, staffing and so much more!!!

Schedule of events (so far):

5:30 AM – 7:00 AM: Set Up – Some Volunteers needed.

7:00 AM: Volunteer SCUBA Registration/Sign In. Divers Set Up. Breakfast provided.

7:30 AM: Duffy Skippers report to Duffy Rental Location

8:00 AM: Safety Meeting for Duffy Team Divers at Stage – Mandatory -Diver Photo

8:30 AM: Safety Meeting for BBC Dock Divers at Stage – Mandatory -Duffy Teams Depart

9:00 AM: Divers Deployed at BBC and Remote Locations

9:00–11:00 AM: Trash removal, divers surfacing at various times. Trash displayed and categorized on tarps.

9:30 – 10:30: Round Table discussion for exhibitors

11:00–11:30: Divers rinse off, clean up gear, show wristband for complimentary event T-shirt, etc.

11:30–2:00 PM: Lunch provided. After-party. T-Shirts, Prizes. Don Ross Band. Exhibitor Booths

12:30 PM: All volunteers photo

1:00 PM: Raffle Grand Prize Drawing

2:00: Event ends

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Clean Up – Some Volunteers Needed



Divers are responsible for bringing all their own gear including tanks.

Complimentary mesh collection bags will be provided by PADI’s Project Aware.

Both Self-Parking and Valet Parking is complimentary at BBC.
Dock Carts and runners will be available to transport gear to the dive set-up location.


Water filling stations will be available for those who have reusable water bottles.


More information can be found at:



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