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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.


2020 LIDA Film Festival Summary

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Thank you for Coming!

The Long Island Diver's Association would like to report that our annual Film Festival that was held on Saturday January 25, 2020 at Hofstra University was once again 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.

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


Promoting Long Island Diving

Special LIDA Announcement - Another Mission Accomplished!
For the past several months, Governor Cuomo and his staff have been working alongside Long Island Divers Association (LIDA) to procure a significant amount of materials for a 12-mile offshore artificial reef. As of yesterday, at 12:05 pm Eastern Standard Time, after many years of planning, a 100-foot tugboat named the Dauntless was submerged to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in 125 feet of water off Shinnecock, Long Island, creating the first landmark in the 12-mile structure. It was followed by the 102-foot tugboat Relentless several hours later.


Special Newsday Article: Long Island scuba community looking for others to dive in
By Bill Bleyer, Updated August 15, 2019 7:00 PM

Nine-year-old Cub Scout Daniel Rucano of East Hampton was excited to try out scuba gear for the first time this summer with other members of Pack 426 at Hampton Dive Center in Riverhead as part of the shop's outreach to young people. "It was very exciting to try something new," Daniel said of his experience in the 20-by-40 pool. "It was amazing that you could breathe underwater like a fish. I can’t wait to try it again."

LIDA Highlights & Events

HMS Culloden Dive Access - The stairway to the HMS Culloden has been completed. The January 23, 1781 Wreck of the Revolutionary War British War Ship is located in 15-20 feet of water west of the Lake Montauk west jetty. Presently there is limited parking available along the dirt road leading to the stairway.

The Long Island Divers Association (LIDA) is working with the Town of East Hampton to re-open the parking lot. LIDA is also working with the Town to allow parking access without any permit. The new stairway is located west of the previous stairway that LIDA was instrumental in getting built many years ago. A small wandering path through the woods will bring you to the new location.

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.

Artificial Reef Volunteer Diver Log - The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) needs your help. The DEC would like all divers to complete a survey for each dive they do in New York waters. Your dive observations provide important monitoring information on the status and productivity of New York’s Artificial Reefs. According to the DEC, the information you submit will remain confidential unless you prefer that it be public. Please use the "Additional Comments" space in the survey to let them know how you want them to use your information.

For more information, or to sign-up for email updates from NYSDEC, visit their website:


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Last modified: January 26 2020