Third Annual "DIVE for a CURE" Scheduled

by Pat Sabiston
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL – “DIVE for a CURE” is the culmination of a dream for Colten White, a survivor of childhood cancer who had a desire to give back to others. This annual SPEARFISHING TOURNAMENT will take place on July 12-14h in the coastal waters outside St. Andrews Pass in Bay County, Florida.

“We are so excited to announce that the popularity of this event has grown so much, it is now a 2-day event!” Colten said. “My family was praying for a way we could bring awareness to childhood cancer, and since this is our family’s sport, we were excited to offer it to the community. Since we have a second home in Panama City Beach, it seemed the perfect venue for such an exciting event. In addition, we wanted a way to give back to Children’s of Alabama to benefit pediatric cancer patients from this area, since I received such amazing care from them.”

The spearfishing competition will begin immediately after the Diver’s Party at the Diver’s Den, 3120 Thomas Drive, July 12 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The contest ends when the scale closes at 4 p.m., Sunday, July 14. All fish must be weighed in at Divers Den.

All SCUBA-diving contestants must be SCUBA certified and possess a certification card. In addition, all contestants must possess all appropriate Florida state fishing licenses. (NOTE: For a complete listing of the 2024 official rules, pick up flyers at Diver’s Den, or go online at the DIVE for a CURE Facebook page. Event specifics are also available through the Children’s of Alabama’s website—https:// ) Contestants can register as an individual or a team. First and second place will be given for individuals and teams. First and second place will be given to the heaviest weight fish in each category. (snapper, grouper, flounder, and lion fish.) First and second place will be given for the most lion fish harvested. First and second place prizes will be given for the overall combined weight in each category (snapper, grouper, and flounder.) All fish weighed in remain the property of the contestant.

TO REGISTER: Go online at or mail a check and entry form to Children’s of Alabama Gulf Coast Office, 128 South St., Mobile, AL 36606. For more information, call Kerrie Benson at (251) 610-4969. Event updates will be posted regularly on the website. You can also register at Diver’s Den, 3120 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL. (850) 234-8717.

Proceeds from Dive for a Cure will benefit Children’s of Alabama, the team that treated Colten’s aggressive cancer resulting in full remission. Monies will be allocated for patients from Bay County, FL at Children’s of Alabama, which treats patients regardless of their ability to pay.