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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.


2021 LIDA Film Festival

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: This year’s event will be held virtually, via ZOOM
Ticket Price Includes: Films only
Admission: $10.00

Tickets are available online or you may call (631) 495-4471 to inquire about other purchasing options.
LIDA Film Festival | Presenter Bios | Sponsor Acknowledgement | Download Flyer | Buy Tickets

Call for Speakers

This year’s event will be held virtually, via ZOOM, in light of the continuing uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. While we all would prefer to meet in person, there are advantages to a virtual event: no travel is required and we won’t have any concerns over weather!

You are invited to submit proposals for possible inclusion in this event. The Film Festival is an annual fundraising event for LIDA and traditionally features an exciting slate of world-renowned speakers, filmmakers and photographers. We hope that you will consider participating in this year’s event by submitting your ideas and, if accepted, by joining the event via our Zoom platform.

You are invited to submit up to three proposals for possible inclusion in this year’s Film Festival. Please review the following guidelines before entering your submission:

Presentations should be focused on one of the following categories:

  • Long Island SCUBA Diving
  • Warm Water SCUBA Diving
  • Cold Water SCUBA Diving
  • Expeditions and Adventure Diving
  • Shipwrecks and Underwater History
  • Local Marine Life
  • Underwater Environmental and Conservation Issues

We are most in need of LOCAL material from LOCAL divers! If you dive in the areas around Long Island, and have interesting images or video of our local waters, consider putting a presentation together and submitting!

If you dive in the areas around Long Island, and have interesting images or video of our local waters, consider putting a presentation together and submitting!

2020 Film Festival Summary:
Presenter Bios | Thank You, Sponsors and Logos

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.

New York State Artificial Reef Program

The following links will provide information on reef coordinates, tips for fishing and diving on New York's artificial reefs, and details about materials that have been deployed on the reef sites.

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


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Dive often, dive safe, and dive Long Island!
The world's best dive destinations are in our backyard.

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Last modified: October 25 2020