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!
Sealife Micro 3.0 Camera and Light Gift Set Popular at DEMA Show
The new Micro 3.0 Underwater Camera & Light Gift Set from Sealife was very well received during the recent DEMA Show in New Orleans. The Set is an ideal item for the 2023 Fall travel and Holiday season.
The camera is the latest and third generation of its popular permanently-sealed Micro camera series. The camera is leak-proof with no O-rings to lube or maintain, so there is never a worry about flooding the camera. Like its forerunners, the Micro 3.0 features an ergonomic, compact design with easy to-use controls and menus. The camera has a 16-megapixel Sony® CMOS image sensor and offers 4K ultra-high-definition video. The camera’s ease of use starts with the three wide Piano key type buttons that are easy to locate and control, even with dive gloves on. The intuitive camera’s Easy Setup feature quickly guides you through the correct settings based on the shooting environment, depth and lighting accessories being used.
For a limited time through SeaLife’s USA dealers, SeaLife is offering the Micro 3.0 Camera & Light Limited Edition Gift Set that will include a Sea Dragon 2000F Photo Video Light.
The complete camera and light set price will be the same price as SeaLife’s Micro 3.0 Camera regular selling price (alone). Availability will be early November through SeaLife’s dealer network and while supplies last.
The camera & light gift set will also be available in other countries; however, prices may vary depending on location.
While the Micro 3.0 takes away the fuss and fiddling with camera controls that plague most underwater cameras, the Micro 3.0 does have an easy option for fine-tuning underwater images with manual white balance adjustments and the ability to capture images in RAW format, for those that want to edit their images later. The built-in wide angle 100° lens allows the diver to get close to the subjects while still keeping everything in the picture. The Micro 3.0 offers WiFi sharing ability, so you can wirelessly preview, download, and share pictures & videos to a smart phone or tablet with the free Micro 3+ app available at Google Play or Apple App stores. The Micro 3.0 “Explorer” Gift Set includes the Micro 3.0 camera, the Sea Dragon 2000F photo/video light, Flex-Connect Micro tray and Grip, light battery & charger, wrist strap, USB adapter, 3’/90cm USB cable, camera pouch & lens cap.
Find out more at www.sealife-cameras.com/micro-3-0-sets.
Dive into Festive Fun With PADI
Marina Scuba School’s Santa Splash Discover Scuba Experience
Join the festive fun at Marina Scuba School’s Santa Splash on the 16th of December in Crosby. While the real Santa may be busy, Marina Scuba School’s staff members will be dressed up in festive attire for a 2-hour DSD with a Christmas twist.
Open to adults, families, and children over the age of 8, this festive dive is jam-packed with Christmas treats.
The festive fun begins at Marina Scuba School, where you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome and some delicious Santa snacks. During the 2-hour Discover Scuba Diving session, you’ll have the chance to learn essential skills required for scuba diving, all while searching for some Christmas goodies hidden beneath the surface.
This holly jolly dive experience takes place on the 16th of December in Crosby and only costs £40 per participant.
To book this exciting dive contact the dive centre by email: email@example.com
Vobster Quay in Bristol is thrilled to announce the return of the Vobster Santas, a spectacular yuletide diving event that promises to make waves for a cause. This festive fun is open to all levels of divers and invites participants to don their Santa gear and dive into the holiday season in style.
Scheduled for the 10th of December, the gates to Vobster Quay will open at 7:30 am, with a comprehensive dive brief at 09:30 am, leading up to a mass dive at 10:00 am. The goal? To surpass the previous record of 185 Santa divers in the water simultaneously, promising a visually spectacular and undoubtedly jolly spectacle.
Vobster Santas isn’t just about the joy of diving; it’s a mission with heart. The event serves as a vital fundraising opportunity for two esteemed charities, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Help for Heroes. Both hold special significance for Vobster Quay, and participants are encouraged to secure sponsorships through JustGiving to support these worthy causes.
Since its inception, Vobster Santas has successfully raised over £40,000 for these charities. This year, the bar is set higher, and Vobster Quay is committed to leading the charge. To kick off the fundraising efforts, Vobster Quay has generously donated £1000 to each charity, igniting the holiday spirit of giving.
For more information, sponsorship opportunities, and to download the event poster, visit: Vobster Quay – VOBSTER SANTAS 2023
Photos: Jason Brown
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