Free snorkel and dive trial

WHITSUNDAY residents and tourists will soon be able to snorkel and scuba-dive in the Airlie Beach Lagoon.

At yesterday's council meeting at the Whitsunday PCYC, Whitsunday Regional Council approved local dive companies, H2O Sportz, Reef Safari and Whitsunday Dive Adventures to conduct a 30-day trial of free snorkel and scuba session in the lagoon.

The trial is expected to start before Christmas. According to a Council report, the Whitsundays previously had a thriving ‘learn to dive' industry which, because of a number of factors, has declined over recent years.

This market has since been taken up by Cairns.

Mayor Mike Brunker said that these sessions would promote scuba diving and snorkelling in our region and give visitors the opportunity to undertake training before heading out to the Whitsunday Islands.

“This is a great opportunity to expand the industry in our region and providing free training sessions will ensure that visitors will stay in our region for longer,” he said.

“We have a beautiful playground out there in the Coral Sea and Council is happy to approve of such activities that will continue to promote tourism in the area.”

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