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Dive Fest 2009 – A Ten Day Event Set to Kick Off July 10th to 19th.

(Click here to see photos from Dive Fest 2008.)

The longest running Dive Festival in the Caribbean kicks off on July 10 for an action-packed ten days of activities focused on scuba diving and other associated watersports.

Primary festival organizer, the Dominica Watersports Association, encourages visitors to dive down and discover the beautiful landscapes and colorful marine life found in the waters surrounding the island.

“Dive Fest was established to showcase the renowned marine environment of Dominica to visitors and residents alike, and is now one of the island’s signature events,” comments Colin Piper, Director of Tourism at Discover Dominica Authority. “Visitors are invited to join in and experience the best the island has to offer, with endless adventures both above and below the surface. If you need a reason to visit Dominica, Dive Fest is it.”

Would-be divers and snorkelers as young as eight can participate in pool or ocean-based introductory sessions to learn the basics, with some trial sessions offered completely free of charge. Intermediate and expert scuba divers will find a schedule that includes underwater treasure hunts, photography competitions and the chance to borrow and test out new equipment such as an underwater camera by Sealife.

Activities will take place along the entire East Coast, from Scotts Head to Portsmouth, as well as at selected locations around the island. Although Dive Fest has an environmentally-oriented focus, it has widespread appeal due to the variety of planned activities such as barbecues, wine tasting, whale watching, sunset cruises and more.

Dive Fest culminates with the traditional Carib Canoe Race, where highly competitive teams race custom built craft to be crowned champions; often with a few capsized crews along the way. To view the full schedule of events during Dive Fest, visit

The sponsors of this year’s festival include, but are not limited to; Dominica Watersports Association, Sealife Camera, Oceanic, Henderson Wetsuits and Dive Training Magazine.

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 crowd of people watching the canoe boat race at dive fest 2008

After ten days filled with Dive Fest activities/events: discovering scuba diving, underwater treasure hunt, one day underwater shoots, photo exhibition, etc. Dive fest 2008 sadly came to an end with the grand finale with the Kubuli Carib Canoe Race.

Once again Team Cable & Wireless bMobile / NetSpeak captured the right to be called the 2008 Kubuli Carib Canoe Race Champions – it’s the second straight year that Cable and Wireless have won the title. To all the other teams who participated in the race I’ve only 6 words for you – “well there is always next year“. 🙂

Here are some of the results from dive fest 2008 and photos from the Kubuli Carib Canoe Race and beach party. Enjoy!

Jewellers International and Victorinox/Swiss Army Underwater Treasure Hunt!

1st Place: Team Serendipity – Karen & Jake each won a Victorinox/Swiss Army Dive Watch!
2nd Place: Team Fig Mi – Mathew & Ginger – each won a Geo Dive Computer by Oceanic!
3rd Place: Team Monty – Allen & Monty – each won a brand new Pioneer Dive Mask from Oceanic!

SeaLife Cameras Underwater Photo Competition

1st place: Sue Heiter
Photo: Shrimp in a Sponge
Prize: Sealife DC800 Camera Pro Kit

2nd Place:Carmine Genovese
Photo: Christmas Tree Worm
Prize: Sealife Mini Camera

3rd Place: Julie Taylor
Photo: Diver & Crinoid
Prize: Oceanic Pioneer Dive Mask & Dive Fest 2008 shirt.

Honourable Mention: Marie Noelle Lamys
Photo: Barracuda
Prize: Oceanic Pioneer Mask

For more results and information about Dive Fest 2008, visit the Dive Fest Blog.

photo of the starting point of the canoe race - dive fest 2008 (more…)

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