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The Big Scuba Show

Discussion in 'Diving Related Events' started by PeterT, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. PeterT

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    THE BIG SCUBA SHOW
    Date: 19 and 20 February 2011
    Location: Olympia, London.

    [align=center]THE BIG SCUBA SHOW PREPARES TO MAKE
    A SPLASH IN THE BIG CITY
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    Details have been announced of a brand new consumer show that will bring the world of diving and underwater photography to London. Organised by DIVE magazine, the Big Scuba Show will run on 19 and 20 February 2011 at Olympia and will include features and exhibitors from around the world. The show is being sponsored by the Egyptian Tourist Board.

    Aimed at diving enthusiasts from the UK and abroad, the inaugural Big Scuba Show is being designed to appeal to anyone who has an interest in diving and the underwater world. Supported by the British Sub-Aqua Club, the event will include a wide range of interactive features for everyone from the most experienced divers to absolute beginners who want to get involved in the sport.

    “It’s time that diving had the show it deserves and can be proud of,” says Graeme Gourlay, managing director of DIVE magazine. “At the Big Scuba Show, we will be able to create a vibrant event that showcases the huge amount that diving has to offer. With the help of some great exhibitors, we’re going to transform Olympia into a divers’ paradise.”

    Monty Halls, celebrity diver, TV presenter and ex-Marine, is the face of the Big Scuba Show and will host a diving question time on the events first stage, accompanied by other experts. Another key feature will be the Bubble Wars Zone, where visitors will have the chance to walk on water, inside a huge inflatable ‘zorbing’ ball.

    The British Sub-Aqua club (BSAC) is bringing a host of inventive events and activities to the show, including the BSAC Try Dive pool, where people can find out for themselves what diving is really like for free. And for the younger members, there will also be fun free snorkel taster sessions and games. BSAC will also be launching its new 2011 environment initiative with the Marine Conservation Society and dive clubs will be on hand so visitors can find out first hand just how easy it is to go diving with the BSAC.

    The Big Scuba Show has teamed up with Egypt as country partner for the event, which will showcase everything that a Red Sea holiday has to offer. Tour operators and Egypt’s Chamber of Diving and Watersports will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about one of the world’s favourite warm water diving destinations.

    Exhibiting the wonders of underwater photography at the show will be the British Underwater Image Festival (BUIF). Moving to London from Cornwall for the first time, BUIF is the biggest underwater video and photography exhibition and annual competition in Europe. The Big Scuba Show will host many of the best underwater images recently taken and this year’s competition winners will be announced live during the event.

    The Big Scuba Show has also committed to help raise money for ex-servicemen by naming the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund as its official charity for the next three years. This partnership will involve supporting the Commando Spirit challenges, where fundraisers train as Royal Marine Commandos. Through the Big Scuba Show website, divers can put themselves forward for an opportunity to take part in Escape The Dunker, a charity challenge where participants have to free themselves from an immersed helicopter cockpit – a great way to discover if they have got some of what it takes to be a Royal Marine Commando.

    Graeme Gourlay adds: “This show is going to be huge and will bring together all the best aspects of scuba diving under one roof. It will provide loads of opportunities for fun and interactive activities for anyone who is interested in diving or simply wants an entertaining day out. I encourage people to get their tickets from the box office in advance to avoid disappointment.”

    Tickets for The Big Scuba Show are on sale now at www.thebigscubashow.com or by calling the box office – 01635 588 488.
     
  2. PeterT

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    Did anyone attend this show? What was it like? :penguin:
     
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    You're liking the penguin aren't you mate? :giggle:
     
  4. essexsj

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    I went to the Big Scuba Show at Olympia, it was definitely a small exhibition, you could easily visit all the stands and have a look around them in under an hour. There were a lot of tour operators there such as BlueOTwo, Sportif, Regal Dive etc. and some smaller operators representing various European destinations. Big BSAC representation and a whole area dedicated to some of the clubs from around the country. Commercial diving company had a 'try-dive' tank where you could (if you were quick enough to put your name on the list) get kitted up in surface supplied diving gear and put into practice a task. MR Diving were there with their rebreathers, and there was also a small try-dive pool. There were enough shiny bits on offer to keep those happy that were after new equipment … I personally wasn't in need of anything so can't comment on any deals/offers available on new kit, but I wouldn't say that the travel offers were any better at the exhibition compared to what was available on the exhibitors websites during the period (there were a few reference codes available for particular offers though).

    The talks throughout the day were very good, and they were held in the exhibition area, rather than being located in closed away rooms, and there were enough Scuba celebs (such as Monty Halls, Sarah Connor) around to keep the stargazers/non-diving partners happy.

    This exhibition will hopefully improve/increase in size and include a more diverse range of exhibitors as time goes on. Glad I paid in advance for a cheaper entrance fee, but all-in-all a positive visit.
     
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