Our friends at Scuba Diving Mag in the UK have are about to open the doors to their second GO Diving show. Taking place February 21-23rd, the show is the UK’s newest, and most exciting scuba diving show open to the public and industry professionals.
The GO Diving dive show is a truly immersive experience with a gigantic 100 square meter try-dive pool for you to take your inaugural fin-steps into the underwater world. You can sample shark dives, seal dives, wreck dives and cave dives through the magic of Virtual Reality, and there’s even an actual cave system for you to explore.
Listen to TV stars Steve Backshall, Andy Torbet, Miranda Krestovnikoff and Monty Halls, from Beyond Bionic, Deadly 60, The One Show, Undiscovered Worlds, Coast, Wreck Detectives, Operation Iceberg and Great Escapes, discussing how they got into diving, what they love about exploring beneath the surface, and hear about some of their underwater adventures.
Existing divers are also well catered for at GO Diving, with dedicated sections focusing on the disciplines of Underwater Photography and Technical Diving. Think your trim is up to scratch? Got your S-drills nailed? Navigation in the bag? Come and showcase your abilities at our interactive sessions. Want to try something new? Sign up for a sidemount try-dive, or a dive on a closed-circuit rebreather. There’s even an area for The Next Generation of divers, all those keen kids and talented teens already attracted to the underwater realm.
The dive show will be split across three days, the Friday being trade-only, and two consumer days over the weekend. The trade day will feature break-out rooms for seminars, member forums, etc, and there will be presentations on how to develop and improve your online presence for your dive centre/school, utilise social media more effectively, and so on.
The show will have four stages:
The Main Stage – hosted by TV presenters Andy Torbet and Miranda Krestovnikoff, this will cover everything from all aspects of the world of diving. They will be joined by Steve Backshall, Monty Halls and award-winning underwater photographer Alex Mustard MBE, who will also be unveiling the winners of the prestigious Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020 competition on the Saturday afternoon.
The Inspiration Stage – stories to lift your spirits, and drive you on to greater heights in diving, whether that is simply getting your entry-level certification, climbing on to the first rungs of the professional ladder, or some other aspect of diving. Be inspired! Speakers already signed up include PADI Course Director, technical diver and photographer/videographer Luke Inman, and acclaimed UW photographer and conservationist Jorge Hauser. Watch this space for more speakers!
The Tech Stage– awe-inspiring tales from some of the biggest names in the world of technical diving, including Phil Short, Garry Dallas, Mark Powell, Tim Clements, Ian France and John Kendall. More speakers TBC!
The Underwater Photography Stage – Covering all aspects of underwater photography, this boasts a veritable who’s who of top-class ‘snappers’, including Jason Brown, Stuart Philpott, Martyn Guess, Mario Vitalini, Saeed Rashid, Paul Duxfield, Bryan Stanislas and David Diley. More speakers TBC!
Visitors can also book a pool session to get some hands on time with sidemount gear, CCR’s, freediving, or a discover scuba. Attendees can also book mini photo workshops with experts on hand to help you push those imaging skills to the next (submerged) level.
Situated in the heart of England, the Ricoh Arena is within two hours’ drive of 75% of the UK’s population, making it the perfect location for Go Diving.
There are 2,000 car parking spaces onsite, located within a short walk to the main entrance. Tree train stations within 8 miles, Birmingham International Airport only a 20-minute drive away and London Euston 55 minutes by train.
For more information, or to secure tickets, visit here: www.godivingshow.com
You can watch Andy Torbet’s keynote talk from last years show below:
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