GO Diving Show 2023: Review
If you missed last weekend’s GO Diving show in the Midlands, you really did miss out! This fourth show from the GO Diving Team promised to be bigger and better than before and it absolutely did succeed!
Once again, the show was held at the NAEC in Stoneleigh – a superb, spacious and easily accessible venue with heaps of FREE parking that is close to many major road, rail and air networks, as well as plenty of accommodation options for those needing to travel to the area from elsewhere in the UK and abroad.
This year’s show had expanded into two hall spaces and the new design of the Main Stage being within the second hall worked much better for presenters and exhibitors alike. With the Great British Pub across from the stage and plenty of space to sit and relax, it was the perfect hub to take the weight off your feet and grab a coffee or a beer, whist getting suitably inspired by a great roster of international speakers. The duo of Ross Kemp and Andy Torbet, and ‘Mother of Sharks’ Cristina Zenato were justifiably popular with the crowds, as I’m sure the other main presentations were that I didn’t get to see.
And that’s the thing… even with two full days spent at the show there was so much to see and do, and so many people to catch up with, that you really were spoilt for choice over the weekend. There were many outstanding presentations on the smaller stages on technical diving, photography, marine conservation, wreck diving and more. I was frustrated not to be able to take the time to watch more. Maybe shorter presentations next time?
Once again, there were lots of interactive elements for visitors to enjoy, including the excellent pool for try dives and side mount dives, VR-experiences and workshops, the mobile caving unit and Bruce the bucking rodeo shark. My children particularly enjoyed their try dives and both times pretty much had the pool – and the instructors – to themselves! What an unbelievable privilege… but it did make me think that it was a shame not to see more people taking advantage of this great experience to try diving for the first time, included in the ticket price.
Dive shows in the UK have always been brilliant at attracting existing divers and there is no doubt that this year’s GO Diving show was well supported and exceptionally well organised and run. A massive thank you and all credit to the GO Diving Team. But as many conversations over the weekend demonstrated, there is still a huge amount of work that the dive industry as a whole needs to do to attract new divers into our wonderful community. It’s never been more important that we, as an industry, look outwards and work together to make this happen. Roll on GO Diving 2024!
Midlands Diving Chamber donates £20k to Bite-Back
Hyperbaric and dive medical experts, Midlands Diving Chamber (MDC), has underpinned its long-term support of Bite-Back Shark & Marine Conservation with a one-off donation of £20,000, as the Rugby-based diving doctors wind down the charitable side of its operation.
The donation represents the single biggest financial contribution made to Bite-Back, delivering a huge boost to its campaigns to end the UK trade in shark products.
Spokesperson for Midlands Diving Chamber, Sally Cartwright, said: “For years we’ve admired and supported the ground-breaking work that Bite-Back is doing to save, protect and celebrate sharks. It’s a genuine pleasure to help ensure it stays at the forefront of shark conservation in the UK.”
Midland Diving Chamber first supported the charity at the inaugural Bite-Back at Cancer event in 2007 and then annually for the next six years. It even hosted its own James Bond-themed party on the Thames to fundraise for the marine NGO.
Campaign director for Bite-Back, Graham Buckingham, said: “We can’t thank MDC enough for its continued support and now for this massive contribution to our pioneering shark conservation campaigns. It makes us very proud that the country’s premier diving medical experts have chosen to back our campaigns that extend from parliament to primary schools. This financial windfall will allow us to continue to lead the shark conservation agenda in the UK and deliver measurable shark conservation breakthroughs to keep the oceans healthy.”
Bite-Back’s No Fin To Declare campaign to end the UK’s import and export of shark fins is now just months away from achieving Royal Ascent into law and, earlier this month it launched a free 56-page teaching resource for Key Stage 2 & 3 students on the importance of sharks and the threats they face.
Midlands Diving Chamber is based at St. Cross Hospital in Rugby and operates a hyperbaric decompression chamber offering NHS funded recompression to divers with Decompression Illness (DCI) together with other Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) treatments. Any diver with medical concerns should contact MDC on either 01788 579 555 or 07931 472 602.
Find out more about Bite-Back at http://www.bite-back.com/
Marine Life & Conservation
Watch The Real Watergate from Live Ocean Foundation (Trailer)
Sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke established Live Ocean Foundation out of their deep concern for health of the ocean and the life in it. Through their sport they champion action for the ocean, taking this message to the world.
Many of the issues the ocean faces are out of sight, but the science is clear, the ocean is in crises from multiple stressors; climate change, pollution and over-fishing. We’re not moving fast enough, not even close.
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Thanks to generous core donors who cover their operating costs, 100% of public donations go directly towards the marine conservation projects they support.
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