Following a successful 20th anniversary event in September at Casa Del Mar in Cozumel, Mexico, registrations are open for 2012’s Diving For Life, to be held in Bali.

The 21st Scuba Jamboree will take place from October 13 – 20, and is expected to draw 125-150 LGBTI divers from around the world.

Held annually, Diving for Life has taken place in such diverse locations as Fiji, Bonaire, Curacao, the British Virgin Islands and Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands. As the 2012 event will be held closer to Australia, organisers are hoping for a larger-than-usual Aussie contingent, including members of the Sydney Underwater Bushwalking Society (SUBS).

Diving For Life is a non-profit charity event, with money made distributed to the participant clubs and then passed on to local health-related charities serving the gay and lesbian community. The 2011 event has just announced its distributions, with SUBS receiving approximately $1300 USD to distribute to local health charities.

The money is made mainly through the auction held during the event. Donations from local companies for next year’s auction would be appreciated.

The 2012 jamboree will be held at Rama Candidasa Resort and Spa. Attendees will have the choice of a diving package (six days/two dives per day) or a non-diving all-inclusive package.

In addition to a fun-filled week of diving, other activities include a welcome party, Balinese cultural nights with local dancing troupes, a free yoga session, theme parties, and the auction and raffle evening.

“The highlight of each jamboree is travelling to a new exotic dive location where you get to see old friends and make new ones from all over the world,” Diving For Life organiser Steve Mancuso said.

“Diving For Life jamborees fill up quickly, and we expect this year’s trip to Bali will sell out immediately.”


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