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New York Harbor School Dive Event

Sponsored by the Long Island Divers Association

The Long Island Divers Association (LIDA) is proud to sponsor the students from the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School on this special SCUBA diving adventure at the Ponquogue Bridge at Long Island's Shinnecock Inlet.

Harbor School Dive at Ponquogue Bridge

Please join LIDA and the students from the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School on another SCUBA diving adventure at the Ponquogue Bridge at Long Island's Shinnecock Inlet.

These young men and women are high school student certified divers from the inner city getting their first real glimpse of Long Island waters. They are skilled, competent and anxious to learn and lead.

LIDA is proud to sponsor this Community Outreach by providing bus transportation for these great young divers as well as breakfast, lunch, and unbridled encouragement. Show your support by coming down to the Ponquogue Bridge for the dive. Even if you don't dive, come join us for breakfast and lunch, and help welcome these outstanding young people.

It's great way to "give back" something and to encourage great young urban kids to continue a healthy, constructive, and lifelong activity.

We invite you to join us!

About Harbor School

New York Harbor School LogoThe Urban Assembly New York Harbor School is a public high school located on Governors Island In New York City. The school provides over 430 students, the majority of whom are classified as economically disadvantaged, with four years of college preparatory education, with a strong emphasis on maritime careers. Freshmen at the school can choose from six available career education paths, including such diverse and exciting disciplines as aquaculture, marine biology research, marine robotics and scientific diving. Tenth-grade scientific diving students are given the opportunity to train as certified SCUBA divers.

The school has been operating for 11 years. Historically, more than 70% of the students entering Harbor School are performing below grade level in either math or reading before starting at the school. Last year, 97% of Harbor School graduates were accepted to college, going on to top colleges and universities, including Cornell, Fordham, Middlebury, Penn State, SUNY Maritime and Syracuse. Many have also gone on to work in the maritime industry as licensed boat captains, SCUBA divers, ocean engineers, marine technicians or marine biologists.

While at the school, the student divers spend much of their underwater time exploring and studying the waters of New York Harbor and Governor's Island. The dive on October 26 will give the students a unique opportunity to experience the clear waters of Long Island's East End. The dive site at the Ponquogue Bridge is one of Long Island's premier dive locations and on this dive the student divers will have a chance to encounter the diverse marine life found there.

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About Long Island Divers Association (LIDA)

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, donations and the proceeds from our Annual Film Festival fundraiser. LIDA is staffed completely by volunteer members.


Directions to Ponquogue Bridge

  • Take the Long Island Express to exit 70S (south) to route 27 East
  • Take exit 65S (south), which is route 24 to the end (Hampton Diner). Stay in left hand lane
  • At the lights turn left (east) on to Montauk Highway (CR 80)
  • At second set of lights turn right (south) on to Ponquogue Avenue
  • Follow the road all the way down (approx. 1.5 miles)
  • Turn left (east) on to Shinnecock Road
  • At second stop sign turn right (south) on to Foster Avenue (Coast Guard on North side of the bridge)
  • Follow road around to left and continue over the new bridge
  • Take left hand lane on other side of bridge
  • Turn left at the light
  • Take next left (almost immediately)
  • Drive towards the end and then park wherever you can find a space.

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Last modified: August 01 2015