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The Long Island Divers Association (LIDA) is a not-for-profit regional organization dedicated to the promotion of local diving, the representation of divers interests throughout the diving and general community, and the protection of divers rights through outreach to our local and regional government officials. We are funded by member dues and donations and the proceeds from our annual Film Festival fundraiser. LIDA is staffed completely by volunteers.


2018 LIDA Film Festival Summary

Thanks for Coming!

The Long Island Diver's Association would like to report that our annual Film Festival was held on Saturday January 20 at Hofstra University and was a success. The event was a nice way for all of us to experience the work of some very accomplished film makers and photographers, and to re-connect with our diving buddies and begin dreaming about our dive adventures to come.

The Film Festival was followed by a great after-party, featuring catered food, beverages, music and exciting giveaways.

This year, in response to suggestions from our membership, the Film Festival was moved to a Saturday night and the starting time was moved up one hour to 7 PM to facilitate a more reasonable dining experience for those in attendance. We welcome any additional feedback from our members on how to make this event even better in the future.

The annual LIDA Film Festival is our most significant source of fund raising for the year and we are deeply grateful to all those who attended and to those who purchased raffle tickets.

In addition, we would like to thank our sponsors who contributed so many generous prizes and congratulate all those in attendance who won a raffle prize, door prize or 50/50 drawing.

Finally, if you did not attend this year's event, we encourage you to consider attending next year. The date will be announced in the near future!

Thank you all again.

Safe Diving,
LIDA Officers

LIDA Highlights & Events

Long Island Divers Association Officers for 2018 - The nomination period for 2018 LIDA Officers has passed without any new candidates. Pursuant to the LIDA Constitution, the current slate of officers is re-elected by acclamation to serve for the 2018 season.

The LIDA offices for 2018 are:

  • Barry Lipsky (President)
  • Mike Salvarezza (Executive Vice President)
  • Martin Ryder (Vice President)
  • Leilani Elias (Treasurer)
  • Christopher Mazz (Secretary)

Congratulations to all on a job well done.

The Long Island Divers Association continues to look to its membership for input and volunteer work on its many committees. Please contact any LIDA officer for information on how you can actively participate and help LIDA serve the dive community.

Our next major event is our prominent participation in Beneath The Sea (BTS), the country's most important and largest dive show, which will be held on March 23, 24, and 25 2018 at the Meadowlands Exhibition Center, 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, NJ 07094.

BTS is an event not to be missed, and volunteers are desperately needed!

Best regards to all,
Stephen P. Burke, Counsel

Special access to Secret Beach (Scuba & Snorkel) - LIDA, with a major assist from the Hampton Dive Center is pleased to invite the Long Island dive community to scuba and snorkel at Secret Beach in Greenport.


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Last modified: January 22 2018