Team Scubaverse are back from a fantastic weekend at GO Diving in Coventry’s Ricoh Arena. Despite the event falling on what must have been one of the warmest February weekends ever, the show was well attended and it was especially great to see so many new and prospective divers, including many children, keen to get inspiration for their first experiences underwater.
As an introduction to the world of diving, GO Diving certainly fitted the bill and there was plenty to inspire. The huge training pools were busy on both of the public days of the exhibition and it was brilliant to see young Scouts getting their first taste of scuba, alongside others testing out rebreathers for the first time.
The presentation line-up was top class, surely one of the most comprehensive at any dive show. With five stages hosting more than 50 speakers over the weekend, visitors were truly spoilt for choice. I’m sure I must not have been the only visitor that found myself wanting to hear two widely contrasting talks at the same time on more than one occasion!
For a first time show, GO Diving was extremely well supported by industry leading manufacturers, retailers, training agencies, travel businesses and others. This ensured that there was plenty to keep even the fussiest and most experienced diver satisfied.
The addition of the Trade Day on the Friday was also a welcome development. There was a positive ‘vibe’ over the course of the weekend amongst the trade and this can only mean good things for the future of the diving industry in the UK.
Full credit to the GO Diving team who managed to bring together a professional and well-organised event, which for a first time show was polished and innovative in equal measures.
There is definitely room for more than one dive show a year in the UK. The timing of this event neatly replaces previous Spring shows that haven’t lasted the distance, and also fits well with the established Dive Show at the NEC in October. We look forward to GO Diving becoming a regular event in the UK Dive Show calendar!
For more information about GO Diving, visit their website by clicking here.
Thanks to Dave for the photos!