Highlights from the 2013 Scuba Show
If you could not scuba dive over the weekend, what is the next best thing to doing so? Attending the 2013 Scuba Show in Long Beach, California of course!
The Scuba Show is the largest scuba diving expo in America, and this year’s 26th annual show featured over 300 exhibitors from all over the world. Interested in diving Micronesia? Hawaii? Palau? Solomon Islands? Galapagos? Tahiti? Or maybe the Florida Keys? These destinations were just a few of the amazing locations represented worldwide at the show.
What about dive gear? Need a new dive computer? Drysuit? Or perhaps a prescription dive mask? Camera nerds could also find most any type of underwater housing and peripherals for their underwater rigs. Not to mention electronic dive log devices, rebreathers, technical gear, scuba apparel, jewelry, and pretty much any other type of dive-related paraphernalia.
Many major scuba diving certification agencies also had booths at the show, along with dive-related organizations, conservationists, and historical societies. Don’t forget dive clubs, travel agencies and operators; if you needed diving info about pretty much any dive destination on the planet, you could find many of them here.
The Scuba Show was well-organized and featured well-marked exhibits, information booths and staff members who were helpful and courteous. We were able to purchase our tickets online in advance and have them mailed to us, so we avoided long ticket lines and simply presented our tickets at the door to get in. Parking at the Long Beach Convention Center was also a breeze, with several attendants directing traffic flow and collecting fees as you came in. For just $10.00, you could park your vehicle all day in the convention center covered lot.
A really cool benefit of the Scuba Show this year was the free Scuba Show app. After a quick download, it was easy to keep up with all show activities, exhibitor locations and seminars.
Another one of our favorite aspects of this year’s Scuba Show was the variety of scuba diving-related seminars, which were offered almost all day each day on the hour. Free seminars were offered, but topics were limited. The best deal was to purchase paid seminar passes in advance, but exhibit tickets and seminar passes could be purchased on site. We enjoyed seminars by experts in our areas of interest such as photography, decompression illness, and scuba diving with big animals, just to name a few.
To really experience the Scuba Show in its entirety, it was best to attend both Saturday and Sunday all day. That way one could visit all of the exhibits and still attend the seminars of choice.
The 2013 Scuba Show was truly a scuba diving expo to remember, and we enjoyed making new friends and contacts. What a great way to spend the weekend, involved in such a fun environment filled with those who love to dive!