Human beings have forever been enchanted by the ocean and the many mysteries that lurk beneath its inviting surface. It’s no surprise that exploring the sea’s great underworld has become a highly popular pastime.

Diving For Life (DFL)’s International Diving Committee  has just opened registrations for its annual International Diving Jamboree to be held this year in Phi Phi, southern Thailand.

The Phi Phi islands are some of the most beautiful in south-east Asia. Just a 45-minute jaunt from Phuket, these picture postcard islands offer the ultimate tropical getaway.

With links to gay diving clubs in the USA, Canada, UK and Europe, DFL organisers have urged all interested participants to dive in quickly to secure their place in the week-long holiday.

“If you are tossing over whether to go but want to wait until Mardi Gras Fair Day to talk to us about it, then you might be too late,” DFL’s Australian coordinator Matt Kaine said.

Another DFL regular, Sophie Symeou, said the event, run by dive enthusiasts, was a major fundraiser for HIV/AIDS and gay health organisations.

Sydney Underwater Bushwalking Society (SUBS) is one of 15 GLBT clubs that regularly participate in DFL.

SUBS divers brought back $1,200 to distribute to local HIV charities from the 2007 event in Belize. The more Australians who register, the larger the amount SUBS will receive to give to local charities.

The club’s participation since 2004 has seen more than $7,000 donated to HIV/AIDS charities.

The majority of the cash is raised through a charity auction held on the last night of the trip. SUBS is looking for donations of prizes to be raffled during the event at Phi Phi.

The trip runs 18-25 October. Registrations are now open at www.divingforlife.org. For more information email Sydney Underwater Bushwalking Society (SUBS) at [email protected], see www.gaydive.org.au or phone Matt Kaine on 0417 449 132.

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