Following the success of the event’s inaugural outing last April, The Great Northern Dive Show is back for 2017, and promises to be bigger and better in its second year.
Taking place on the weekend of the 8th – 9th April at Event City in Manchester, the show will once again combine diving and marine conservation-themed exhibitors, speakers and activities with out-of-this-world characters from the streets of Gotham to a Galaxy Far, Far Away.
The event will be kicked off in style with an opening ceremony featuring songs from Anne Hurcomble, and will include speakers from the world of diving including Mark Powell, Gary Dallas, John Kendall, Chantelle Taylor-Newman, Scubaverse.com’s very own underwater photography editors Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown, and many more.
Once again, the World’s largest portable swimming pool will be on hand where technical divers will be showing off their skills while their colleagues explain to the crowd what they’re doing. And if you’re lucky, you might see the odd mermaid or two in there as well…..
The Great Northern Dive Show is the only dive show in Europe to feature an actual beach! This year though, if children want to play in the sand they have to do a ‘beach clean’ first, as lots of plastic debris has been washed up or just left there as litter. Once the plastic has been cleared, the kids can embark on a Treasure Hunt to look for shark teeth.
In addition to the great speakers, activities and demonstrations that will be on offer, manufacturers, suppliers, tour operators, training agencies, conservation charities, dive centres and clubs will be exhibiting at The Great Northern Dive Show too – so if you’re looking for a new piece of kit, your next dive holiday, or to continue your dive education, all of your needs will be catered for.
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.
There’s plenty for the non-diving members of your family to enjoy too, especially the kids: Comic Con characters, mini ponies, stilt-walking crabs and octopus, dinosaurs, steam punk characters, and even Imperial stormtroopers will all be present (and who knows… even a certain Dark Lord of the Sith might put in an appearance….).
More information about the show can be found at www.thegreatnortherndiveshow.com.
Photo of Mermaid: Frogfish Photography
All other photos: Dave Alexander