The Scubaverse team are back from one of the largest watersports show in the world, boot 2018, which was held in Dusseldorf over 9 days in January. Scuba diving was very well represented, packing hall 3 and part of hall 4 of this vast exhibition centre. The show is impressive, with 1,923 exhibitors from 68 different countries and 247,000 visitors from around the world. We went for 3 of the 9 days and it was not enough!
All the latest diving equipment was on show, with the major brands having huge stands and offering visiting divers the chance to see their full range of gear. Dive Centres and resorts from all corners of the globe were there to encourage diving travel. Training agencies were also there to discuss their programmes. Throughout each day, divers tried out equipment and techniques in the pool, which had circular windows to give those wandering around a chance to see inside. The central stage had informative talks in both English and German running throughout the event. And, of course, at the end of each day, there was always a celebration going on somewhere.
Underwater photography and videography had a special section where people could browse all the latest from housing manufacturers, lighting, action cameras, underwater drones and accessories. This section also had its own stage with talks about particular challenges and the best destinations on offer.
The show was a great opportunity to catch up with diving friends from all over the world, meet new divers and learn about new diving destinations. It was great to see all the new innovations in the diving industry, as well as underwater photography and videography, all in one place. Our visit led us to some exciting new opportunities and was well worth the trip from the UK. We will be heading back to Dusseldorf in 2019!
All photos: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann.