Manitoba
Underwater
Council 


Mission

To promote the sport of scuba diving and underwater activities in Manitoba through safety, advocacy, environmental awareness, self-governance … and, of course, fun.

Mandate

The Manitoba Underwater Council is the representative non-profit body for underwater sporting activities in the Province of Manitoba and is dedicated to the growth and development of all underwater related sports. It is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected at the spring Annual General Meeting (AGM) & Elections.

As advocates for our sport MUC is committed to maintaining diver access to sites, promoting safe diving practices and training, as well as safeguarding the environment.

It is important to note that while our name may be more synonymous with Scuba diving, we are all encompassing in that we are a resource for all underwater activities including, snorkeling and underwater football for example.



Key Areas of Focus

Safety and Education

Our membership includes Recreational and Professional Divers from newly certified Open Water Divers, Master Scuba Divers to Instructors of all levels and experience. We maintain an open atmosphere where divers exchange ideas and share their experiences that serve to remind each other of the importance of safety above all else.

Through our newsletters and sponsored dive events we educate our members on best practices for safe and rewarding scuba diving.

All diving events benefit from on site Dive Masters and Safety Divers when required. Events are well-planned and have full first aid equipment on site, including oxygen and trained volunteers.


Advocacy

We are an authority and advocate for underwater sports in Manitoba. Through our web site, newsletters, events and relationship with Manitoba Government agencies we represent underwater sport; specifically, with Manitoba Conservation, Water Safety Coalition and Sport Manitoba.

Sport Manitoba is the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba.  As a non-profit organization, Sport Manitoba creates and manages sport programs and services and partners with more than 100 sports organizations including Manitoba Underwater Council.

The Manitoba Underwater Council is one of the sports organizations under Sport Manitoba and as such is operated under their rules and regulations.

Sport and Fun

Diving is fun. And challenging. There, we said it. The vast majority of our members participate in underwater sports for fun and recreation, and the inherent challenge of diving.  We promote the fun side of the sport throughout the summer months at member BBQs and by hosting two major events: The Annual MUC Navigation Challenge and Derby and our Annual Social.

Environmental Awareness and Action

We care about our environment. At MUC, we see it as our responsibility to keep our waters and dive areas clean and safe. MUC is an active supporter of Project Aware, an international foundation with an ever-growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet – one dive at a time. Proud of over two decades of underwater conservation divers are true ambassadors of ocean protection numbering in the millions around the globe. We believe that together our actions make a positive impact and we will succeed in rescuing our oceans and lakes. 

Self - Governance

MUC is an Advisory Board, not a policing group or policy maker. We are managed by a volunteer board of directors elected at the spring Annual General Meeting & Elections. We are only as strong as our membership and to that end we encourage feedback from our members to express ideas and issues affecting the sport.




   

We're divers and we love to travel and dive the world's oceans and lakes. When we travel we can be advocates of the Project Aware movement and principles to ensure we always do what we can to protect and conserve the waters we dive. At home we maintain our dive sites so they're always clean and safe.  When we're done diving for the day, our dive sites are left in as good or better condition than when we started. That's how Manitoba Underwater Council makes a difference. 

In support of Project Aware, MUC sponsors Beach and Marina Clean up dives at West Hawk Lake. Our goal is to remove as much litter and debris as we can find in both Crescent Beach and the Marina area.  We collect all of the recovered material, record it and arrange to have it recycled or placed in the landfill where it belongs.  We also report the results of our effort to Project Aware to let them know, even though were land locked and a long way from the Oceans that surround us, we still do our part.

  Project Aware: Doing Our Part at Home and Around the World

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