Earlier in the year, the Star Observer told you about the then-upcoming Diving For Life event, an annual gay and lesbian scuba event that draws divers from around the world.

The 2010 event, held last month in Honduras, was a huge success, with 120 divers spending a week of fun in the sun, and raising money for health and HIV/AIDS-related charities.

All divers participated in two boat dives a day across the week, enjoying the underwater sights of the region: spectacular reefs, wrecks, sharks and other sea life.

Diving for Life’s other side is as a fundraiser for health charities – more than $850,000 has been raised in its 19-year history, mainly thanks to the annual auction night, in which donated items are raffled and auctioned.

This year $13,000 worth of tickets were sold to the raffle, and while figures from the resulting auction are still being finalised, indications are that it’s been another strong fundraising year.

2011 will be Diving for Life’s 20th anniversary scuba jamboree. While the destination has not yet been announced, planning is well under way for a spectacular celebration.

To get more involved with the sport ahead of next year’s event, get in touch with Sydney’s GLBT scuba club, the Underwater Bushwalking Society at www.gaydive.org.au.

info: www.divingforlife.org

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