Barbados welcomes you to Dive Fest 2019
Whether you can swim, float, dive, or prefer to soak up some sun on the beach, this festival has something for everyone!
Dive Fest Barbados '19 is happening July 2nd - 7th, 2019 and will feature water awareness programs, scuba and freediving demonstrations and trials, beach cleanups, conservation tips, recyclable boat race, lionfish hunting AND tasting, as well as scuba dives all over the island - including the exhilarating east coast! Don't miss out on your chance to discover what lies beyond our beautiful Barbados shores!
Previous Year's Events
Kids Swim Program
Last year, Dive Fest Barbados' Ocean Awareness Program provided swimming and safety lessons to over 200 local children. In 2019, 100 children will participate in the Kids Swim Program sponsored by the Professional Association of Divers (PADI).
Children have fun learning the basics of swimming and ocean conservation. The first session begins on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Aquarius Water Camp, Bay Street, St. Michael at 8:00 a.m.
The deadline for registering your child/ward for the 2019 Kids Water Awareness program is May 31, 2019!
If your child is between 7 - 12 years old and would benefit from this Free Swimming Program, please click here to complete and submit the form
Recycled Boat Race
Our Closing Day (July 7th) will feature a Crazy Recycled Boat Race.
We're Challenging Everyone!
Flex your building muscles and prove that your team can make the fastest, most durable boat. This is an awesome team building exercise that allows groups to come together, get creative, and have some fun! Boats are to be made (as much as possible) using only recycled materials. We recommend doing some Beach Clean Ups to gather materials. Through crafting these boats, our goal is to help people recognize that materials can more-often-than-not, be repurposed and given new life. Plastics don't have to be single-use. We can find new ways of re-using what we already have.
Rules and Regulations and Registration sheet downloadable document here:
Participating DIVE SHOPS
Barbados is home to a number of 5 Star PADI dive resorts, more than 10 ship wrecks and over 30 different dive sites. Our local dive shops are all participating in Barbados Dive Fest '19 and will be offering discounts and demos throughout the festival.
Dive Fest Barbados Packages
To book your dive and stay package for Dive Fest Barbados 2019, please click on a hotel link below and use the booking code:
Lionfish are an invasive species causing problems in the Atlantic Ocean. They are voracious predators and reproduce in large numbers. Without any naturals predators present in Barbados, Spearfishers have had to play an active role in protecting our reefs from being entirely consumed by lionfish. Be sure to get a sample of lionfish while visiting Barbados. It is delicious, nutritious and the most sustainable fish available. Stop by our featured seminars on how to catch and cook lionfish.
Did you know?
Some divers log 100s of dives without ever seeing a Seahorse? Here in Barbados, you can often find them on your First Dive ever!
Marine Protected Areas
Carlisle Bay Marine Park is the underwater treasure of Barbados. A perfect site for swimming, snorkelling, diving, freediving or paddling around. There is no fishing permitted in the marine park which makes it a safe haven for all of our marine creatures. The 7 shipwrecks create an artificial reef to help them thrive.