The highlight for BugFest-By-The-Sea (July 24-Aug. 1), a week-long series of fun events for divers, is
The Town's annual dive festival was started in 2012 to help promote Lauderdale-By-The-Sea as a great dive destination for scuba divers all around the state.
In addition to prizes for catching the biggest lobsters, which divers call "bugs," there are dive-related seminars, workshops, parties and a big lobster cookout.
It only costs $20 to take part in the Great Florida Bug Hunt, but divers get a free BugFest T-shirt and Reef Safe Goody Bag with about $35 worth of giveaways.
”BugFest is the only big event where we bring divers together to compete for $15,000 in prizes, cash and dive gear,” said Steve d’Oliveira, the Town's Lobster-In-Chief. “It’s a fun event for residents too with our lobster cookout. The best part, of course, is that you don’t have to be a scuba diver to enjoy eating tasty lobster!”
The Town expects more than 300 divers from all over
Here are some of this year's BugFest highlights:
Attend the BugFest kickoff party on July 25 at 7PM in Anglin's Square.
Learn all you need to know about hunting spiny lobster from Jim “Chiefy” Mathie, a retired
Take a one-day workshop with wreck diving legend John Chatterton, whose efforts to identify a German U-Boat off
Snorkel or dive the SS Copenhagen, a historic shipwreck off the Town.
Learn how to identify tropical fish when underwater photographer Lureen Ferretti offers her free fish identification seminar about the 20 most common reef fish.
Attend a free Scuba Cowboy concert at the BugFest barbecue on Aug. 1.
Bring your kids to Family Fun Day on Aug. 1 in El Prado Park, sponsored by BugFest in partnership with Stoked On Salt, a local ocean gear company.
A complete BugFest schedule is on the BugFest Web site: http://www.lbtsevents.com/bugfest-by-the-sea.