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A genuine desire to make friends
Love of SCUBA
Desire to learn to SCUBA dive
Being an Athletic Supporter of a diver
Just wanting to travel with LGBTQ+ people
No Attitude Allowed
Gay SCUBA Week's mission is to create a sense of community on every trip that is conducive to making lifelong friendships.
Our vision is to be the first choice of socially conscious LGBTQ+ Scuba divers, their friends, and family.
Gay SCUBA Week, a one-week scuba diving adventure somewhere in the world, was founded in 2003 to create a sense of community that did not involve a bar or a circuit party. I am a firm believer that giving someone a task allows personalities to come through. When it is a task you are looking forward to and you have the opportunity to share it with members of your community, lifelong friendships are made.
The trip originated with 24 guys in Grand Cayman. It has grown way beyond its origination with a 63% average return rate of LGBTQ+ men and women. There is no physical requirement, gender requirement or age limit to attend. Everyone is welcome, and I do mean everyone.
Our first trip was in 2004 to Grand Cayman. We were the first gay scuba group to visit after Tony Blair overturned the island’s anti-gay laws. Not only were we well received, but the trip was a hit too. Since then we have been to the Galapagos, Hawaii, Saba, Bonaire, Roatan, Fiji, and more.
I always make sure it is legal to be gay anywhere we travel. For me as an individual, I cannot give money to a country where being gay is illegal. (Please reference Gay Safe Travel. Anti-sodomy laws are the least of our worries.) I have been told by travel agents and even heads of one country's embassy: "It won't apply to you." My response was: "What about my gay brothers and sisters that live in your country."
This is not a circuit party, sex fest, drug fest or anything of the sort. Diving is not conducive to drug use. When you get your certification you will be advised about alcohol intake as well. This trip is about community, making friends, and of course diving.
Please realize that you are responsible for your own happiness. Do your homework on the dive destination so you can relax and have fun.
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See you on the ocean floor,