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.


Scuba Obsessed Episode 82 – A whole lot of diving going on

Scuba Obsessed
Scuba Obsessed
Scuba Obsessed Episode 82 – A whole lot of diving going on

Mac talks about his diving in the Straights, Darrin talks about his diving in Lake Michigan and they both talk about some river diving. Aslo a full line-up of scuba in the news.

Potentially cool scuba gear


Cave Diving Video Every Scuba Diver Must Watch

You should never attempt cave diving without proper training. Please take a moment to watch this video on cave diving. If you are a diver or a friend or spouse of a diver this is a good video to watch. Hopefully with this information the right decisions get made.

There are some activities that look deceptively easy.


Dive Show Scuba Gear - Shearwater Predator Computer

Shearwater Predator

Shearwater Predator

The Scuba Obsessed Team heading into Chicago to the Our World Underwater dive show. While we were there we got to see some great seminars and get our hands on with some great gear. We have to blog about some of the cool stuff we saw.

In no particular order here we go with our first post from the show.

After a nice dry suit (a post also coming soon) the item I would most love to pickup is a nice technical diving computer. Not that I am diving all that deep yet, but I like to be prepared. As the ultimate geek I was drawn to the Shearwater Predator Computer. Not sure what it was that first caught my eye, but it easily could have been the bright OLED display.

I won’t give you all the details on this computer. You can just as easily get it from their website here http://www.shearwaterresearch.com/pages/dive-computers , but these are some of the features I liked:

• The bright OLED display
• The screen using color to clearly convey meaning. Green is no warnings while yellow or red communicates warning or unusual value.
• Includes dive log software
• Blue Tooth to download your dive log without plugging in a cable
• Easy to change battery
• Large buttons
• Easy to change settings during the dive, such as going from closed circuit to open circuit or changing gas mixes
• Each unit wet pot tested to 11 ATA
• Software is upgradable and sometimes you can upgrade your hardware too (from pursuit to predator for example)

After seeing this computer I asked by tech dive buddy Bob if he had seen one of these yet. His response was that he owned two of them. He had the LCD models and said he was planning on sending one of them in to be upgraded to the OLED version soon. Very cool! Now I just need to save up for one of these bad boys. I don’t really need one yet, but as I work towards the world of tech diving a computer like this would do me well.

** disclaimer – This is not a review. I have never used the computer on a dive (not that I wouldn't love to). Shearwater didn't pay us for this posting. They just thought I was your everyday dive show visitor. **


How to make a hole in the water

Jim with ChainsawMan how I love to use things other than for their approved purpose. This time we are tampering with the rules of nature by cutting a hole in the water... well... it is hard water.

Jim was completely in his element plunging that Stihl into the ice. Cutting wood just won't have the same appeal after this.


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