DEMA Introduces New Consumer Show for 2013

DEMA Press Release

San Diego, CA – In response to requests made by DEMA members for DEMA to reach a wider audience and to help grow the diving industry, DEMA has announced the first consumer Be A Diver Adventure Sports Festival. The Festival will take place April 26-28, 2013, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and includes an event open to consumers to be held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. A celebration of diving, adventure sports, water sports and outdoor lifestyles the Festival will include events, music, exhibits, seminars and other activities to promote diving and to attract the attention of lifestyle sports enthusiasts.

“We are excited to introduce this new consumer event to help grow the dive industry,” commented Tom Ingram, Executive Director of DEMA. “This Festival will create an opportunity for potential new customers from other crossover activities and industries to try diving, while simultaneously allowing current customers to take advantage of the diving experiences found in South Florida, the Caribbean and beyond.”


This is not another consumer dive show; this is a city-wide festival which will partner with Ft. Lauderdale to create buzz and celebrate the fun of diving, being active, and being outdoors. From block parties and bands to contests, DiveCaching and non-diving events, the Festival will be structured to engage a wide cross-section of potential new customers and current divers, and attract inactive divers back to the sport.

Within the Festival a convention center-based show will also take place where diving equipment, diver training and exotic travel may be sold on the Show floor. DEMA is working directly with manufacturers so they can help create sales-friendly event policies that encourage retailers from around the world and their customers to exhibit and attend.

Attending and exhibiting at the Be A Diver Adventure Sports Festival benefits you and the diving industry. As with all monies raised by your participation in a DEMA event, the profits are put directly back into the industry. The Be A Diver Adventure Sports Festival will be held annually.

DEMA, the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association, is an international organization dedicated to the promotion and growth of the recreational scuba diving and snorkeling industry. With more than 1,400 business members, this non-profit, global organization promotes scuba diving through initiatives, consumer awareness programs and media campaigns, including the YouTube and YouTube campaigns, and produces the annual YouTube, a trade event open only to companies doing business in the scuba diving, action water sports and adventure/dive travel industries. DEMA Show 2012 will take place November 14-17, 2012, in Las Vegas, NV. For more information on DEMA Show visit YouTube, join us on YouTube or follow us at YouTube. For more information on DEMA, visit YouTube. For more information on the Be A Diver and DiveCaching campaigns visit YouTube, join us at YouTube or YouTube, follow us at YouTube or YouTube, or visit us on YouTube.


* Update * Plane plunge in Athens

ATHENS, TEXAS (KLTV) - From nose, to tail, the Beechcraft Hawker 125-600 stretched 60 feet with a nearly 50 foot wingspan. It sat on the banks of the Athens Scuba Park pond waiting for take-off.

Calvin Wilcher and his wife, Shannon, purchased the plane to add to their growing scuba diving collection. The couple's been collecting scuba wreckage for more than 20 years. The Beechcraft is the second plane to be submerged in their pond.

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George has completed week two of “the Great Circle Tour” on his 26’ pontoon boat “The Patriot”

http://gsinkosgreatcircletour.blogspot.comSome of the excitement he has had so far has included getting hung up on a reef, a bald eagle swooped at his dog chase and has seen a  mama manatee with calves and dolphins too numerous to count.

You can get all the details at http://gsinkosgreatcircletour.blogspot.com

About George S. Sinko MSG Ret. USAR Special Forces 18D

George is a veteran of the USAR Special Forces with five tours to Iraq, and tours to Bosnia, Hungary, Germany and Egypt on training missions.

He is using the tour to raise funds for the non-profit Veterans Organization educational fund that supports children off fallen warriors and provides assistance to several wounded warriors.  When successfully completed he will have earned a Guinness record for the smallest pontoon boat to accomplish the circle tour.

George is a Rotary member.

You can find the particulars for donating to his cause here http://gsinkosgreatcircletour.blogspot.com


Learn more about the Special Operations Warrior Foundation or to make a donation via credit card at www.specialops.org



Blackbeard's anchor lifted from sea after 293 years


The waves just off Atlantic Beach were a little too large, and dozens of researchers, state history officials and journalists watched, transfixed as crewmembers of the Research Vessel Dan Moore - two on ropes and one at the controls of the hydraulic lift - tried to stop the nearly 3,000-pound anchor from swinging out of control.

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Ten divers in a plane (two more than eight)

Ten DiversWatch a plain fall into a lake... Ever see a plane crash? Here’s your chance

It’s not often air traffic controllers know when a plane will go down, particularly more than a week in advance.

That’s the case, though, set for Memorial Day weekend at Athens Scuba Park in, well, Athens, Texas.




Scuba Obsessed Netcast Accepted to Apple iTunes

ScubaObsessediTunesI am pleased to announce your Scuba Obsessed Netcast has been accepted to the Apple iTunes Store. The podcast / netcast is free to download. By being in the iTunes store we make it all that much easier to subscribe to our weekly scuba obsessings.

We sincerely hope that you take a moment and subscribe to our podcast via iTunes. While you are there giving us a little iTunes Scuba love by leaving a 5 star review would be great too! OK 4 2/3 would be acceptable...

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