Maybe the producers of the 2011 Northwest Dive & Travel Expo were inspired by the outstanding new dive travel show, "Into the Drink” when they added a beer garden to the show floor this year. This refreshing oasis for parched divers is only one of the many new show features attendees will discover at this exciting and growing event. Now in its fourth year, the Dive & Travel Expo producers are not slacking off or resting on the successes of the past. Rick Stratton and his staff travel to other dive shows throughout the year, gather new ideas and bring innovations back to the show. In addition to innovation, the helpful and professional show staff has succeeded in making this a well orchestrated event and easy show to attend. This commitment to excellence is likely why the exhibitor space is already filled for the upcoming show. Here are just a few of the new highlights
for attendees this year:
- A beer garden on the show floor (Oh yea; I already said that)
- A poolside fashion show of exposure gear and dive wear.
- The archetypal dive show booth babes: The Scuba Radio Mermaids.
- Captain Chuck Swift from the Sea Sheperd Conservation Society
- Free introductory drysuit lesson in the pool. If you can dive dry, you can dive anywhere.
- More prizes – over $100,000 worth
- The Saturday night film festival and awards ceremony is now “exclusive” with only 200 seats available. It includes dinner, live entertainment. The fee, which only covers the cost of the meal is $30 with discounts for full tables.
- The Cathy Church photography seminar is $10 off. It sold out fast last year.
- Youth speaker Annie Crawley from Dive Into Your Imagination
- Over 50 seminars, at which attendees with get chances to win exclusive, attendee only prizes and some vendor-presenters will give-away products to attendees during their seminars.
- Doc, from Doc’s ProPlugs will give free hearing exams and free ProPlugs to those that attend his seminars or the Saturday film festival.
- Margo Peyton from Kids Sea Camp
- Additional exhibits of gear for “On the water,” including kayaks, canoes and boards.
- Treasure Hunt changes to improve safety and expand the fun. Over $50,000 in prizes and $1000 in a cash box.
We have had a great time at the show for past two years and especially recommend the Jacques Cousteau museum exhibit.
Mini Dive Industry Day – Friday, April 9
Also new this year is a day just for dive shop owners, local dive operators and other dive professionals. The “Mini dive industry day, will include seminars on email marketing, growing your business with social networking and more. Friday evening there will be an industry social with a the Scuba Cowboy band.
Bring your smartphone
ScubaGadget reporters will be covering the show and posting live via FaceBook (http://FaceBook.com/scubagadget) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/scubagadget). We will also post a full report with our “best in show” and “divers choice” awards. We look forward to hearing from you during the show with your show tips and picks for the “divers choice” award.
Why pay full price! You can download a 50% off discount for the show.
We thank Expo Coordinator, Selene Peterson for her help with background information for this article.