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    June 21, 2008

    The SCUBA Show – June 21, 2008

    I finally went to the SCUBA show after many years of assuming it was going to be a bunch of vendors pushing travel packages.

    I took the bus down to the Convention Center to avoid the parking situation and to mingle with the common folk.

    It was $12 admission into the hall and an additional $25 for unlimited Seminars – the beers were $5.50 for a Budweiser bottle.

    The SCUBA Show

    The first Seminer that I attended was “A Divemaster Shares His Secrets” by Ken Knezick of Island Dreams.

    Unfortunately, the title was all that persuaded me to attend.

    He briefly talked about reading other divers and safety issues, but by in large it was how to travel with gear, which gear to bring and how to chose a dive charter.

    As he said, “99% of the time, nothing goes wrong on a dive, but you want to chose a dive charter that can deal with the other 1%.”

    A good seminar, but I think the title should have been changed to “How Not To Have A Bad Diving Vacation.”

    The second seminar was put on by the publisher of California Diving News and author of The Best Southern California Beach Dives.

    A SCUBA Seminar

    He basically went over his favorite beach dives – some place in Ventura, Leo Carrillo, Old Pier number three in Redondo Beach, Malaga Cove and White Point.

    He ran out of time before he got to Orange County.

    I was going to go to “Why Divers Die,” but the lack of earth shattering news at these seminars made me just want to cruise the hall.

    The SCUBA Show Movie Festival

    In the back of the hall was the movie festival.

    The

    Some travel booths even brought some native entertainment.

    Ancient SCUBA Equipment

    Ancient SCUBA equipment is displayed by the Historical Diving Association.

    Ancient Instructor Training

    Let’s not forget ancient instructor training, too!

    The SCUBA Show Hall

    The hall was fairly crowded; but during the course of the show, I ran accross many dive friends – Divevets, Pacific Wilderness, Dive and Surf.

    Recovered artifacts.

    The California Wreck Diving Club displays recovered artifacts.

    Too much beer

    Even at $5.50 a beer, some just drank too much.

    All in all a great SCUBA Show – I will go again next year, but I think I’ll skip the seminars.

    June 17, 2008

    The SCUBA Show June 21 & 22, 2008 – Long Beach Convention Center

    I have always told myself that I would never attend the yearly SCUBA show that’s held in Long Beach.

    For many years I have heard the SCUBA show is a rip off – $8 beers, no equipment for sale and all the exhibitors are selling expensive travel packages; I can barely afford Catalina.

    But, after talking with some other divers, I have now heard the event referred to as “a blast.”

    “You see a lot of friends that you haven’t seen for a long time, you talk about your passion with other divers and watch cool movies,” Dive Bum Don said.

    Evil Jeff, I hear, is even going to be a bouncer at the event.

    And, unlike the beach dives that I frequent, the SCUBA Show apparently has fifty-percent women in attendance.

    I’m planning to go early Saturday and see the expo and movies.

    There are three Saturday seminars that I’m interested in attending:

    12 PM #112 – A Divemaster Shares His Secrets
    1 PM #21 – Southern California’s Beach Diving
    4 PM #24 – Why Divers Die

    Since this event relates to my ongoing professional Divemaster education, I’m going to write off the admission and liquid refreshments as a business expense.

    If you see me around, please say “Hi” and feel free to buy me a beer.

    More information is available by going to http://www.scubashow.com.

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