The new man at the helm of the Dominica Water Sports Association has announced plans to expand the reach of the annual Dive Fest, regionally and internationally, in order to bring more divers to Dominica.
Daniel Perryman made the remarks during the 2015 launch of the festival which is in its 22nd year, this year.
“The future of Dive Fest 2016 is not only going to be geared towards locals but merging both international communities and regional in the efforts to increasing the numbers of divers coming to Dominica from about 3,000 annually now, to 5,000 next year, hopefully,” Perryman said at the launch on Friday, July 10, 2015.
He noted that the water sports community is aware that expenses incurred by the typical diver on island, surpass those of hikers, sun and sea bathers, adventurists and honeymooners.
“Dominica has successfully made its mark in the international Water Sports Community,” he pointed out. “It is time to harness and recognize and get heads in beds especially during the slower summer months. Dive Fest 2016 will be a major dive in accomplishing this goal,” he added.
Perryman also said that one of the many goals of the festival is to create awareness of the island’s rich marine environment.
“Not only is it important that we are protecting this valuable resource, but we need to celebrate it with the international and regional communities,” he stated.
Below is the full calendar of activities for the 22nd annual Dive Fest.