Eight visually impaired and disabled people experienced the thrill of scuba diving for the first time at the Lugarno Lions Club Charity Underwater Treasure Hunt held at Botany Bay on Sunday.
Twenty other divers also joined in the Treasure Hunt which was organised with the assistance of Abyss Scuba Diving.
Entrants had to search the ocean floor for potatoes, with every potato scoring them an entry in the major prize of a 3 night fly/dive expedition on the Great Barrier Reef.
Other prizes included a Padi Recreational Rebreather Course donated by Abyss Scuba Diving, an ipad valued at $450 from JB HiFi, and scuba gear from Oceanic Australia.
Executive Officer of Lions Australia, Rob Oerlemans, took part in the dive and said that the day was a huge success. “Diving is a great experience for anybody but for disabled people it is even more so because of the freedom that being weightless in the water provides them,” Rob said.