The Institute for Underwater Research has participated and contributed to numerous forms of outreach in the Okanagan Valley. We have been involved in creating awareness about environmental issues, educating groups of people on water quality and quantity, and in promoting future water sustainability.
As well, some of our content has helped local science organizations to host pollution awareness programs and has added vital underwater data and imagery to environmental consultants, television stations, and water boards.
IFUR is also involved in contributing to volunteer underwater searches for drowning victims in Okanagan Lake. Equipment which is currently being manufactured will allow us to conduct underwater surveys in a much more efficient and effective method.
The Institute for Underwater Research has been involved in underwater drowning searches that utilized innovative technology such as side-scan sonar systems, towed camera systems, and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). We truly believe in providing some form of closure to families and friends who have been affected by tragedies of drownings in this province, and are therefore members and supporters of the Central Okanagan Search & Rescue Society, as well as the Legacy Water Search & Recovery Society.