The Great Northern Dive Show is back for 2017 and is just 4 weeks away!
Taking place on the weekend of the 8th – 9th April at Event City in Manchester, the show promises to be bigger and better in its second year.
Dive centres, liveaboards, dive equipment manufactures and distributors, training agencies and a whole host of other exhibitors – many who have never exhibited at any other UK dive show – will be there to cater for all your diving needs.
Whether you’re into UK diving, looking for a diving adventure abroad, thinking about trying out technical diving or underwater photography, or you want to find out more about marine conservation and how you can get involved, there is something for everyone at The Great Northern Dive Show.
The UK’s only dive show to include an opening and closing ceremony, The Great Northern Dive Show is truly unique. An impressive line-up of speakers including Mark Powell, John Kendall, Garry Dallas, James Rogers, Chantelle Taylor-Newman and Scubaverse.com’s very own Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown, amongst many others, will be supported by a deaf signer for the hard of hearing – another first for a UK dive show.
Like last year’s inaugural outing, this year’s show will feature the Aqua Theatre, which is the largest portable open windowed tank in the world. The Aqua Theatre, which has appeared in many major TV shows, films and events over the years, will be the show’s centrepiece and will feature well-known tech divers demonstrating their skills, and ‘real life’ mermaids freediving for the crowds.
Even if your partner isn’t into diving, there is plenty at the show to keep non-divers happy. Bring the kids along too so they can meet exciting comic-con characters, visit the beach (yes, that’s right – there will be a beach at the show) where they can participate in an actual beach-clean and join a shark tooth dig, go to the creative cove (an interactive section for all age groups which even includes a cave!) and enjoy watching the mermaids swimming in the Aqua Theatre.
For the second year in succession, the Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG) are holding their Open Print Competition at The Great Northern Dive Show. The very best entries will be displayed at the event, where the public attending will vote for their favourite images. Last year was a huge success with over 400 votes being cast and this year is going to be even bigger and better.
There will also be a fashion show taking place on both days featuring all the latest divewear, and on the Sunday you will get the chance to practise your life saving skills with a bit of rope throwing. You can even get a commemorative mug made at the show to remind you of the brilliant weekend you’ve had hanging out with all your diving buddies.
Thinking about exhibiting? You’ll be allocated with your very own runner. One of the Great Northern Dive Show team will be on hand for you for the duration of the weekend. Whether you need leaflets handed out to the show’s visitors, someone to cover the stand if you need to step away for a while, or even if you just need someone to grab you a cheeky cuppa, your runner will be there to cater for your every need.
And for both visitors and exhibitors, there’s no need to worry about additional costs like car parking – there are 3,000 free parking spaces at the venue.
So what are you waiting for? Put the date in your diary now! You can book tickets here.
To find out more about the great Northern Dive Show, visit www.thegreatnortherndiveshow.com.