(Long Beach, CA) – With spring break in the rearview mirror and SoCal summer heat around the corner, now is the time to take the plunge and explore the wonderful world of scuba diving. This year, the 32nd annual Scuba Show invites everyone interested in diving to swim away from the ordinary and learn about something new at the nation’s largest consumer scuba exposition.
Here are 10 great reasons to attend the 2019 Scuba Show:
Scuba is great activity for most ages: Anyone aged 12 and up can become fully certified in scuba diving. There are divers who stay active into their 90s. Children as young as 8 years old may join local programs such as Bubblemakers, Seal Team and Scuba Rangers, while 10 year olds can earn a junior scuba certification. Attendees can learn more about diving in a safe (and mostly dry – there’s also a try-diving pool) environment before getting their feet wet.
Get hands on with conservation: The Scuba Show is home to quite a few non-profits, all of whom will be available to help show-goers learn more about protecting the earth’s most precious resource – the ocean. Nonprofit exhibitors include 2019 Scuba Show silent auction/raffle beneficiary Plastic Pollution Coalition, the Reef Check Foundation, Los Angeles Underwater Photography Society, Fins Attached, The Waves Project, Los Angeles Waterkeeper, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Get Inspired and more. For a full list of exhibitors, see here.
Learn something new: Every year, hundreds of exhibitors fill the Long Beach Convention Center and participate in the Scuba Show. Between the floor exhibitors and the extensive list of scuba seminars at the show, there is something new for everyone to learn, from the most seasoned divers to someone who has never been in the ocean before.
One-of-a-Kind Party: For the first time, this year’s annual fundraising party will be held at the historic Federal Restaurant in Long Beach. Thousands of dollars in prizes are up for grabs through a raffle and silent auction. The best part: everyone with a ticket to the show is invited to attend, free of charge.
Get inspired: Scuba diving can determine vacation plans or can become a part of them. Scuba diving is an adventure sport, and every dive is a new adventure. Show-goers can expect to walk away from the 2019 show with countless new destinations and experiences on their radar.
Affordable fun: The Scuba Show is great value, with prices starting at just $15 with a two-day all access ticket priced at just $78, granting ticketholders unlimited access to both Saturday and Sunday’s exhibits and seminars. While seeing everything would require superpowers, two-day passholders have 40+ seminars to choose from alongside access to all exhibitors and admission to the Saturday night festivities. Single day exhibit and seminar admission is just $40 per day, and visitors are welcome to attend seminars a la carte for just $15 apiece. (Advanced ticket prices only. Ticket prices subject to change.)
Meet great people: Become a part of a friendly and passionate community at the Scuba Show. Meet other like-minded people who love nature, wildlife, the ocean, and care about the environment. There are a myriad of dive centers, clubs and destinations represented, allowing attendees to find a whole new group of people with which to share experiences. Additionally, the Scuba Show is home to Doreen Hann’s color art and 3-D Children’s Sculpture activity, an interactive community art project that gives the youngsters a chance to do some community building of their own.
Try diving: Visitors just need a swimsuit, towel, and a ticket to the exhibit hall to try diving at the 2019 Scuba Show. The GoDiveNow pool is a 15,000 gallon heated pool in the main exhibit hall, where attendees can try diving for free with the help of trained professionals. (Kids 10 and over are welcome.)
Win a prize: This year, the Scuba Show has over $40,000 in door prizes, ranging from a variety of state-of-the-art dive equipment to stays at destinations worldwide. Dozens will walk away from the show having won valuable prizes – some worth hundreds or thousands of dollars – not bad for the cost of admission.
Name it, we’ve got it: Apart from everything else, Scuba Show is home to hundreds of exhibitors with the latest and most cutting-edge in diving equipment and gadgets, the latest innovations and developments in the world of scuba and much, much more. As the largest consumer show of its kind in the United States, there’s something for everyone.
The 2019 Scuba Show will take place on Saturday, May 4, from 10 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday, May 5, from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Long Beach Convention Center, located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. Tickets are available online at scubashow.com/tickets. Tickets will also be sold at the door. Single day tickets range from $15 (single day exhibit hall) to $40 (single day exhibits plus seminars), and two day passes are $78 (includes exhibit hall and seminars). Seminar only passes are available for $48. Kids 13 and under are free. For more information, please visit https://scubashow.com/.
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