Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Dominica Watersports Association (DWA), Simon Walsh has revealed that plans will be in place to market Dive Fest 2017 ahead of time.
DWA is the host of Dive Fest and the event this year kicked off with a Happy Hour at the Fort Young Hotel, on Friday, July 8 followed by several other activities in villages around the island and culminated with a Kubuli Canoe Race held in Soufriere on Sunday, July 17.
“Next year we are really planning on starting in September- October,” Walsh told Dominica News Online on Monday, July 18. “One thing we can look at in improving next year is just be way ahead of the game. What we are planning next year is to have a registration way ahead and we are going to limit the Kubuli canoeing to 18 teams only.”
Walsh said there will be an official start time for each race. at Kubuli Canoe race which normally brings the curtain down on Dive Fest.
“Each race, we are going to have an official start and if you are not there you forfeit your entry fee and you won’t get a chance to be in the finals,” he explained. “If you are not there on time you will be automatically disqualified. This will allow us to be much more organized on the ground because a lot of time we have to run around and find teams.”
He mentioned that the KIDS Snorkel Treasure Hunt at Champagne Reef Dive and Snorkel, held on Saturday, July 16, was very well attended.
“The kids got lots of prizes,” he said.
Walsh revealed that although there was a good turnout for the Soufriere Fish Fest on Saturday, it wasn’t as big as last year due to another major festival which took place on the same day.
“Even with the Carib Fest going on, the night went well, but it wasn’t as big as last year when it was the only event happening,” he explained.
He said the Kubuli Canoe on Sunday, July 17 was the biggest event.
“The event in Soufriere on Sunday was the biggest event as far as number of people goes…there was a massive crowd,” Walsh noted. “That event seems to be growing from strength-to-strength and we anticipate taking it to an even bigger event next year.”
He said the Kubuli Team won the race, second place went to Wacky Rollers, Harris Paints Dominica LTD copped the third spot, while ACE Engineering secured the fourth place.
Meantime, President of the DWA Daniel Perryman told DNO that this year’s activity was a “great success.”
“Overall I think it was a great success, the activities pulled a big crowd,” he said.
He stated also that the discounted Whale Watch with Anchorage Hotel & Dive Center had a great turnout.
As organizers plan ahead for next year’s activity, Perryman said hopefully by November this year there will be a schedule for Dive Fest 2017.
Kubuli was the number one sponsor of the event.
Dive Fest has been taking place in Dominica for the past 23 years.