Long Beach, California – Monday Morning – June 10, 2013 – Perhaps your head is still spinning from the weekend? Maybe it was the after show parties and receptions. Maybe it was hanging out at The Pike in Long Beach. Maybe it was the row after row of vendors at the Long Beach Convention Center. Chances are, if you had a great weekend like most at the Scuba Show, it is a little of “all-the-above”.
The annual Scuba Show trek for divers across the Southwest US and the West Coast has become the Scuba event of the year. In early summer each year, the Long Beach Scuba Show is a great surface interval for divers to come check out the various equipment, training and travel options available in the Scuba industry. It is a consumer driven show with dive shops, manufacturers, tour operators and more who are looking to drive hungry consumers to their virtual buffet table. And, the divers love it!
Combined with specific West coast themed seminars, and the hundreds of dive vendors, there is more than enough to keep an avid diver busy for two full days. The show started early this year, on Friday, with several seminars for people looking for Rescue Diver training or some repair clinics. Several manufacturers were having dinner parties and cocktail receptions. On Saturday morning, there was a line “out the door” with the folks from Scubaboard and Scuba Radio interviewing people (and taking video) for the Web site(s). As the doors opened and the people funneled into the Convention Center, they were met by friendly vendors with brochures in hand and demo gear hanging up on the displays.
If you needed a break from the show, you were a quick walk to the Long Beach area known as The Pike. There are so many restaurants, bars and other fun activities, you could escape for a weekend just to hang out in the area.
On Saturday Night, the Roddenberry Dive Team hosted its annual cocktail reception at the Aquarium. Many of the folks staying at hotels in the area attended the party and there were some great raffle prizes.
The show ran Saturday and Sunday (10am to 5pm). And, both days seemed to draw crowds to fill the aisles throughout the day. And, if you were there to dig deep on the exciting products and destinations featured at the show, it took most of those two days to see them. As expected, the Long Beach Scuba Show exceeded expectations. A great time, with great Scuba discussion in a great location. That is why the Scuba Show is perennial favorite for divers in (and out) of the region.
Did you miss this year’s show? Don’t miss it in 2014. It is expected to take place on June 7 and 8, 2014. Mark you calendars and we’ll see you in Long Beach.
Don’t Miss a Thing: Receive our Scuba Show Synopsis (with complete reviews) Available via email on June 17, 2013
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