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Blue Marlin by Scott Portelli. Courtesy of the Underwater Festival

Why not head along to the Australia International Dive Expo (AIDE) on 22-23 February and see the 70% of the world that you’re missing out on? The people behind AIDE, to be held at the Royal Hall of Industries in Moore Park in Sydney, say that we’re missing out on the biggest part of planet Earth … the fascinating underwater world.

There are lots of prizes to be won, including two diving holidays, so take the kids along to the Expo and learn about the wonders beneath the sea … and open up a whole new world of travel options, with so many holiday resorts now offering dive classes and tours.

Liz Rogers

Exploration by Liz Rogers. Courtesy of the Underwater Festival

According to Ness Puvanes, director of AIDE, scuba diving is a great activity to “bond with friends, family or even colleagues” and is easy to learn. An added bonus is scuba diving gives a great, non-strenuous full body workout.

“It’s also an incredible sensory experience where one will see new colours and textures; hear unique sounds of the marine world; feel the soothing currents of varying water temperatures and experience a certain calm that can only be had deep underwater.”

Visitors will have the opportunity to marvel at a selection of award-winning photos of the weird and wonderful marine life, courtesy of Underwater Festival.

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Jelly Fish Lake by Erjin Bao. Courtesy of the Underwater Festival

Endless photo opportunities, face painting, a variety of art classes and other games throughout the weekend will keep young kids entertained.

With more than $10,000 worth of gifts and prizes to be won over the weekend, all visitors to the Expo will also receive goody-bags valued at $80 … and there are two dive holidays to be won!

General admission is $5 for adults on site, $4 for online registrants, $3 for PADI divers and free for children under 17 years of age. Online registrants will have a choice of door gift options as well.

Visit australiadiveexpo.com