Inaugural Dive Fest Launched on World Oceans Day

Diving at Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park

In honour of World Oceans Day, Grenada’s first ever Dive Fest was launched on 8 June 2017. Preparations are underway for the 11 to 14 October festival by the Grenada Scuba Diving Association (GSDA).

During the event dive shops in Grenada and Carriacou will put on activities that will embrace divers of all skill levels. The festival will also showcase just why diving in Pure Grenada is ‘Out of this World!’

The inaugural Dive Fest will begin on 11 October at the Coconut Beach Restaurant and will feature the launch of an Underwater Photography competition. Entries will be invited for the most creative selfie, best wreck image and best reef image. Entries must be submitted by Friday, 13 October and prizes will be awarded at the closing ceremony.

On the morning of Thursday 12 October, beginners will get their feet wet with pool diving before they venture out for beach diving in the afternoon. The best staff from all dive shops in Grenada and Carriacou will ensure a marvellous experience. On the same day, more experienced divers will go wreck diving. Pure Grenada has several thrilling wreck dives to offer, including world-famous Bianca C.

Friday 13 October, will be environment day. In the morning, dive shops in Grenada and Carriacou will send representatives to schools in an islandwide outreach effort to speak on the importance of our marine environment and keeping it clean and safe. There will also be all day Marine Park Diving at the Molinere-Beausejour Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Grenada, and Sandy Island-Oyster Bed MPA in Carriacou. Later that day, PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) registered dive shop members will conduct a “Dive Against Debris” clean-up drive under the Project Aware Charity for Ocean Conservation. These dives will take place in different locations around Grenada and Carriacou.

‘Lionfish Day’ will be on Saturday, 14 October. Dive boats will parade from Morne Rouge Bay to go hunting for the invasive Caribbean Lionfish, later prepared at the Coconut Beach Restaurant for the enjoyment of patrons. The prize giving ceremony for the photo competition will close the Dive Fest.

GTA

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