Weekend water fun for the entire family

Pescando sábalo en el Torneo de Pesca del Gamboa Tarpon Club

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An underwater treasure hunt

This Sunday, May 11th, Scuba Panama is hosting their annual Treasure Hunt (La Búsqueda del Tesoro), an underwater competition for fans of water sports in which adults and youth have the opportunity to find hidden treasures.

Snorkeling Category prize winners in Scuba Panama’s 2013 Treasure Hunt

Snorkeling Category prize winners in Scuba Panama’s 2013 Treasure Hunt.

As explained by René Gómez, owner of Scuba Panama, children can compete by snorkeling in five feet of water finding strings attached to pictures of prizes. Adults must follow underwater navigation devices (e.g. a compass) to find prizes.

According to Gómez: “The treasures will include top-end hotel stays, watches, cell phones from Samsung, Nokia and LG, scuba diving courses, underwater computers, an oxygen tank and underwater lights, among others.”

This activity will have three categories -Advanced Divers, Open Water Divers and Snorkelers. The start time for each category is as follows:

Divers with tanks: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Divers with snorkel: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Transportation from Panama City to the event location can be arranged through Scuba Panama. The event location is at Scuba Portobelo in Portobelo, Colón, five kilometers before the town. I’ve been to the Scuba Panama dive campus on the Caribbean side of Panama, and I can recommend it for the ambience of the setting and the professionalism of the company.

The registration fee is $35 for adults. They will also have the option to rent scuba and snorkeling gear with a 50% discount. To register, call 261-3841 or 261-4064. For more details, visit Facebook.com/scubapanama.

Family friendly fishing tournament

Tarpon fishing at the Gamboa Tarpon Club Fishing Tournament

Tarpon fishing at the Gamboa Tarpon Club Fishing Tournament.

You will want to get ready for the Gamboa Tarpon Club Fishing Tournament that will take place the weekend of May 17th and 18th. It is a well-organized family event where every member can participate. The event is at the Gamboa Tarpon Club Marina, the largest freshwater marina on the Panama Canal watershed.

“We have held this competition since 2001,” said Leslie Chacon, Corporate Director of Public Relations for Bern Hotels & Resorts Panamá.

Competitors are able to participate with their own boat at a cost of $250 for three persons (a fourth person is an extra $30) or with a Gamboa Marina boat at a cost of $200 per person (minimum, three persons).

On Saturday, competitors go out from 6 a.m. to 5p.m., and on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. The prizes are good, including outboard motors, plasma TVs, rod and reels. Registration is open at the Corporate Offices of Bern Hotels & Resort until May 15th. For more information, please contact Public Relations at 206-8800.

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