On Saturday, February 9, 2019, the New York area dive community will once again convene on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, for an evening of underwater entertainment. The Long Island Diver’s Association (LIDA) Film Festival is an annual tradition that helps to shake the winter doldrums and inspire dreams of dive adventures to come.
Text and photography by Michael Salvarezza and Christopher Weaver (Eco-Photo Explorers)
The Film Festival is an annual fundraising event for LIDA and features an exciting slate of world-renowned speakers, explorers, filmmakers and photographers. Appearing this year will be Larry Cohen and Olga Torrey, Peter Venoutsos, Mike Rothschild, David Charash, Kristen Regan, Michael Salvarezza and Christopher Weaver, and Peter Hunt. This two-hour program is the highlight of the diving season on Long Island.
The evening’s presentations will take the attendees on an exciting journey to the underwater world. Learn about local shipwrecks, diving with Great White Sharks, experiences living in underwater research facilities and the unique threats that plastics are posing to the environment. In addition, viewers will experience the wonders of travelling to exotic locations like the Maldives Islands and Papua New Guinea and, finally, experience the dramatic search for a lost Grumman fighter plane in the waters of Washington State.
Attendees of the film festival are also treated to a very popular after party immediately following the conclusion of the show. Here, in addition to food and refreshments, dozens of raffle prizes are distributed. These prizes range from equipment giveaways to all-inclusive dive holidays in remote locations and on famous liveaboard dive vessels. At the party, divers get the chance to meet the speakers, renew friendships, swap stories and begin planning the upcoming dive season.
“This annual event is where the Scuba divers, dive boat operators, dive shop operators, and dive clubs from all over Long Island and New York City get together in one location to exchange diving information and experiences from the past year”, says Barry Lipsky the President of the Long Island Divers Association.
The Long Island Divers Association (LIDA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit regional organization dedicated to the promotion of local diving, the representation of divers interests throughout the diving and general community, and the protection of divers rights through outreach to local and regional government officials, uses the film festival as a key fund raiser for all of its ongoing efforts. Attendees not only enjoy the remarkable presentations and entertaining after party, but they can be assured that their entrance fee goes towards the support of the LIDA organization. Tickets are on sale for this event. To buy tickets, or to learn more about LIDA and the Film Festival, visit them online at www.lidaonline.com.