Explore Barbados’ wonderful aquatic life at the first Dive Festival Barbados debuting on the island from July 5th– 9th 2017. From novice to advance divers, there’s something for everyone or you can simply spectate while soaking up some sun on the beach.
There’s a fully packed schedule with an array of activities to choose from; freediving demonstrations by experts Alex Davis and Johanna Loch-Allen, lion fish hunting for advance divers, water awareness programs, beach clean-ups, conservation tips and of course plenty of scuba dives all over the island, including the exhilarating East Coast. The festival promises to be an enriching experience not only highlighting some of the island’s world-class dive sites but also bringing attention to Barbados’ extensive marine eco-system and why it needs protecting.
The festival kicks off with Celebrate the Bay in conjunction with Project AWARE ‘Dive Against Debris’ campaign in Barbados’ largest Marine Protected Area. This initiative encourages locals and visitors alike to fight back against the overwhelming amount of debris entering our oceans and beaches by doing a clean up in specific areas around the island on Wednesday July 5th.
‘Our ocean is under siege, more than 250 million tons of plastic are estimated to make its way into our ocean by 2025.’ Project AWARE
Snorkel Day offers snorkel demonstrations by the shore, discover a variety of beautiful marine life including turtles and stingrays by simply submerging your face in Barbados’ shallow waters. Later that day Barbados National record holders Alex Davis and Johanna Loch-Allen will give freediving demos and breath holding techniques at the impressive Aquatic Centre. For any advanced swimmers and divers this is a great opportunity to improve your skills and get your questions answered! These wonderful activities act as a great introduction to beginners or equally can be the perfect refresher course for those who haven’t taken the plunge for sometime, taking place on Thursday July 6th.
Conservation Day gives visitors the opportunity to mingle with marine scientists, shark conservationists & local dive instructors. These experts are on hand to give advice on how to protect marine animals, fellow divers, swimmers and beach goers. The conservation work will take place from 4pm – 6pm on Friday July 7th followed by the screening of the inspirational film ‘A Plastic Ocean’.
For those thrill seekers and advanced divers a Lionfish Hunt will take place on the North and East Coast on Saturday July 8th called Dive On The Wild Side. Divers will be invited to join their favourite dive shop on, and go head to head to find the biggest fish, the team with the biggest fish wins a prize. To finish the day’s hunt, lionfish tasting and samples will be served at the Bay Tavern on Martin’s Bay.
As the festival draws to an end on Sunday July 9th – Closing Activities features an awards ceremony offering awards for the most debris removed from the beach, best new swimmers and of course the biggest Lionfish caught. The finale will also include rum tasting to make sure you leave the island with a real taste for Barbadian spirit and culture.
“We are delighted to introduce Dive Fest Barbados to our island for the first time. This fantastic event gives both locals and visitors an insight into all aspects of oceanic life on our island, from amazing dive sites to conservation. The festival is accessible to everyone and encourages those who have never tried snorkeling or diving to come and participate. Barbados has such a wealth of marine life and a lot of it visible in shallow water, it’s the perfect place to try it out. Dive Fest Barbados is one of the new events we have introduced on the island for Year of Sport 2017 and one that we hope will be a recurring event.” said Cheryl Carter UK Director Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.
Whether diving is in your blood or you’ve never dipped your toe into the ocean, Dive Festival Barbados will inspire you to explore the Barbadian seas. Offering a varied range of activities for beginners who are looking to try something new to enthusiasts who are looking for their next challenge. Don’t miss out on your chance to discover what lies beneath the beautiful Caribbean shores.
For more information on Dive Fest Barbados please visit: www.divefestbarbados.com
For more information on Barbados please visit: www.visitbarbados.org