Calendar

Feb
22
Sat
2020
BCD Design, Features and Choosing the Right BCD for You @ Demonstration 2
Feb 22 all-day
BCD Design, Features and Choosing the Right BCD for You @ Demonstration 2

What is the right BCD for you? The Show will have a Buoyancy Compensator specialist on hand to demonstrate designs, features and comfort of various BCD’s on the market. Are you looking for a harness style? Jacket or Backmount or something in-between? We can help.

BECOME A DIVER @ DEMONSTRATION BOOTH 1
Feb 22 all-day
BECOME A DIVER @ DEMONSTRATION BOOTH 1

By Scuba Instructor Group, Local Scuba Diving Trainers & Trip Leaders

We will have staff scuba instructors from local retailers to speak to you about what it takes to become a scuba diver. They even have a FREE Demonstration Coupon for you to use at your local retailer’s training sessions. Ask for the coupon and then book a convenient time with the store to enjoy breathing underwater.

Live Music – TRINIDAD TOBAGO STEEL DRUM ORCHESTRA @ Exhibit Floor
Feb 22 all-day
Live Music - TRINIDAD TOBAGO STEEL DRUM ORCHESTRA @ Exhibit Floor

Start your day off with the sound of steel drums!

REGULATOR DESIGN, SELECTION & SERVICE @ Demonstration Booth 1
Feb 22 all-day
REGULATOR DESIGN, SELECTION & SERVICE @ Demonstration Booth 1

By Tim Macrone, Regulator Specialist & Service Technician

The Demonstration booths offer a close up and personal view of the topics being presented. Ask questions one-on-one.

Watch as an expert service technician describes how a regulator works down to the individual parts. What designs make one regulator easier breathing? The presenter will identify designs and service techniques to maximize the performance of your regulator.

Video Shorts @ Exhibit Floor
Feb 22 all-day
Video Shorts @ Exhibit Floor

Throughout the day Saturday & Sunday there will be large video screens running short videos. These videos are entertaining, educational and just fun to watch.

Underwater Photography Techniques
Resort Video Reviews
Adventures Underwater
Gear Reviews

Take a minute to review and enjoy.

Ancient Greek Wrecks- John Stella @ Room 306
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Wreck Alley from 10 BC? Discover the efforts of the Archeological Society of Greece and local citizen scientist working off key islands in Greece to recover and preserve the history of ocean commerce of Ancient Greece. Nat Geo calls this area “Ancient shipwreck capital of the World”

1) The oldest shipwreck is dated at 600BCE
2) The earliest shipwreck is dated the 15th century.
3) The majority of the shipwrecks found are of the early Roman period.
4) In 2017 and 2018 the mission carried The Explorers Club flag.
5) The team has found and documented 58 ancient shipwrecks.
6) We will premier the documentary “Out of the Blue” at the DC show. A 15-minute film detailing the first 2 missions.
7) The first look at an intact Greek sailing vessel photo by (Soton Technology)
8. Why are there so many ancient shipwrecks there?

 

Blue Holes of the Bahamas- Jill Heinerth @ Room 304
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Blue Holes of the Bahamas- Jill Heinerth @ Room 304

Diving deep into crystal caves, Jill Heinerth shares her experiences from National Geographic and NOVA television projects where an interdisciplinary team of biologists, climatologists, and anthropologists discover intriguing evidence of the earliest human inhabitants of the islands, found animals seen nowhere else on Earth, and recovered a remarkable record of the planet’s climate.

Rebuilding Puerto Rico’s Marine Habitat- Ben Scheelk @ Room 302
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Rebuilding Puerto Rico's Marine Habitat- Ben Scheelk @ Room 302

The Ocean Foundation’s SeaGrass Grow program allows you to defend against climate change AND restore critical marine habitats like seagrasses and mangroves, which are recognized worldwide as one of the most productive and diverse coastal marine habitat communities in the world.

Zebra Mussels and Environmental Threats- Michael Eversmier @ Room 301
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zebra Mussels and Environmental Threats- Michael Eversmier @ Room 301

Zebra mussels and other environmental threats to our local waters
No one of sound mind sets out to harm our environment, especially close to home. Yet it is possible your diving practices may do it accidentally. Zebra mussels, rock snot, hydrilla, Frankenfish and micro-plastics are just a few of the invaders that have found their way into Maryland’s waters. A little knowledge about why invasives are not welcome, along with some proper planning and gear cleaning will keep you from being part of the problem.

Big Animal Photography @ Room 305
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Big Animal Photography @ Room 305

From one of the best big animal photographers in the world, Amos Nachoum will share what it takes to get up close and personal with large sea animals.

Diver Medic- Sandy Shaw @ Room 302
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Is Basic First Aid Good Enough?

Are we trained to handle an emergency?  Will our basic first aid support life until the life flight or higher trained personnel arrive?  What if we are hours from help or on a remote island?  If close enough to shore, is the local EMS trained to recognize dive related injuries?  All of these questions will be answered in this seminar.

Fiji- Michael Brown @ Room 301
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lost Tales of Death & Survival- Erik Petkovic @ Room 306
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lost Tales of Death & Survival- Erik Petkovic @ Room 306

More Lost Tales of Death & Survival
Erik debuts the highly anticipated sequel to his extremely popular Lost Tales of Death & Survivalpresentation. Through Erik’s unique storytelling, relive some of the most harrowing tales never told of shipwreck and rescue. These stories, which have been lost to history, are now brought out of the depths and being presented like only Erik can. Through a mixture of archival, historical, and underwater photographs, Erik pieces together these remarkable tales of death and survival.
If you like Erik’s signature presentation, you will not want to miss part two.

Pirate Women of the Caribbean- Laura Duncombe @ Room 304
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pirate Women of the Caribbean- Laura Duncombe @ Room 304

Women pirates have been sailing alongside their male counterparts since the dawn of time, so why have they been largely ignored by history?  This presentation explores why women’s substantial efforts in the field of piracy have been left off the record…and why that’s a huge mistake. It also introduces several key female pirates and shares the stories of their lives and most famous exploits. It’s a rollicking blend of history, feminism, and adventure suitable for all ages. Come and be inspired by these legendary ladies—peg leg and eye patch not required.

Tubbataha Reef @ Room 303
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tubbataha Reef @ Room 303

The Tubbataha Natural Park also known as Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is a protected area of the Philippines located in the middle of the Sulu Sea. The marine and bird sanctuary consists of two huge atolls and the smaller Jessie Beazley Reef covering a total area of 97,030 hectares.

A Cultural Guide to Planning a Caribbean Diving Adventure- Cathryn Castle Garcia & Capt. Gui Garcia @ Room 304
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
A Cultural Guide to Planning a Caribbean Diving Adventure- Cathryn Castle Garcia & Capt. Gui Garcia @ Room 304

Cathryn Castle Garcia and Capt. Gui Garcia, C2G2Productions.com

At least 28 island nations and more than 7,000 individual islands make up the region we call “the Caribbean.” All feature warm, clear water and vibrant reefs, but with so many islands, how do you choose the Caribbean diving adventure that’s right for you? This seminar will provide an island-by-island overview of the type of diving you can enjoy. You’ll also experience a cultural tour of the Caribbean – the history, the people, the food and music and festivals that give each island its own unique flair – and offer tips for planning a “beyond the guidebook” personalized Caribbean dive vacation.

Battle of the Atlantic Research & Expedition Group (BAREG):  @ Room 303
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Battle of the Atlantic Research & Expedition Group (BAREG):  @ Room 303

Community-based Maritime Archaeology
BAREG was formed in 2012 by a group of divers with an interest in Battle of the Atlantic history and diving WWI and WWII wrecks.  Since then BAREG has surveyed six wrecks, all sunk by U-boats off North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Cuba Island Lost in Time- Larry Cohen & Olga Torrey @ Room 305
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Cuba Island Lost in Time- Larry Cohen & Olga Torrey @ Room 305

Cuba Island Lost in Time
In 1962, the US government prevented US citizens from traveling to Cuba. In 2015 the US and Cuba started to normalize diplomatic relations. Larry and Olga have been to Cuba twice. They will talk about their adventures diving the Bay of Pigs, and Gardens of the Queen. They will discuss the many species of marine life including the healthy shark, grouper and American crocodile population. They will also share their exploration of Havana and the countryside. Showing the culture and life styles of the Cuban people.

Diving Fitness- Dr. David Charash @ Room 302
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Saving A Whale- Julie Ouimet & Michel Labrecque @ Room 301
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Saving a Whale: The story of a Rescue Operation

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, a call is received. A Humpback Whale is entangled in a net. Our boat will be the lead in a rescue attempt to free the whale. Witness the rescuers’ attempts to cut the restraining net and see the outcome of their efforts. A minute-by-minute account of the operation and why the protocols exist.

WWII; 75 Years After… The Solomons Islands – Greg Piper @ Room 306
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
WWII; 75 Years After... The Solomons Islands - Greg Piper @ Room 306
“What They Left Us”
Truk Lagoon 75 years later
 
Greg Piper is an award-winning underwater and nature photographer based in Washington, DC. His images have graced the pages of the world’s top diving and nature publications. In the past ten years, he has visited Truk Lagoon 16 times to document the world’s largest collection or wartime sunk wrecks. Piper has logged over 1500 dives in the Lagoon and hopes his documentation of These Wrecks will encourage a deeper sense of responsibility to the developing marine environment as well as renew respect to this iconic resting place. Keep up with Piper and his forthcoming work at www.gregpiperart.com and on Instagram at @gregpiperarts 
Family Travel – Kid’s Sea Camp- Kid’s Sea Camp Staff @ Room 304
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Family Travel - Kid's Sea Camp- Kid's Sea Camp Staff @ Room 304

Family Diving Travel

Kids Sea Camp is a family vacation that creates memories to last a lifetime and provide families with quality safe global adventures for all members of your family. Kids Sea Camp is special needs friendly, and we pride ourselves on educating children to be better buddies to each other and our fragile underwater world. Here’s why you should choose us.

Photographing Wrecks @ Room 306
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Photographing Wrecks @ Room 306
Photographing Wrecks: By Greg Piper
Greg Piper is an award-winning underwater and nature photographer based in Washington, DC. His images have graced the pages of the world’s top diving and nature publications.
One of his favorite UW Subjects is wrecks. Piper has logged over 4800 dives in the past ten years, with a focus on world war two wrecks. His unique approach to UW Photography in regards to Wrecks will be discussed in this seminar, including a question and answer period. This seminar is open to any level of photographer or videographer
Sharks Matter- How You Can Help- David Shiffman PhD @ Room 301
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Sharks Matter- How You Can Help- David Shiffman PhD @ Room 301

Why sharks matter- the ecological and economic importance of sharks, the threats they face, and how you can help!

Sharks are some of the most fascinating, most threatened, and most misunderstood animals in the world. Join Dr. David Shiffman, a marine conservation biolgoist specializing in shark management policy, to learn all about these amazing animals and their conservation. This talk will include the latest scientific facts surrounding shark conservation, as well as a detailed description of how concerned citizens can help protect these animals.

The Aging Diver- Dr. Lynn Diggs @ Room 305
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Why NAUI? @ Rm 303
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Why NAUI? @ Rm 303

Why NAUI

There are a lot of options when you want to get certified as a scuba diver, so why NAUI? In this presentation, we’ll detail how NAUI training differs from other agencies. Some of the biggest reasons include the higher standard of training you’ll receive, the Loved One Principle and the academic freedom that allows are instructors to tailor the course to your schedule and needs. Angelo Fiore will dive deeper into these differences and what you can expect to get out of a NAUI Certification.

Feature Theater Event- Exploring the Polar Ice Caps- Jill Heinerth & Amos Nachoum @ Ballroom B Theater
Feb 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Our climate is changing and it is most evident in our polar regions. Jill Heinerth and Amos Nachoum documented their adventures and describe their exploration of the Arctic and Antarctic polar regions.

Amos Nachoum one of a very few to film and photograph polar bears swimming. Jill Heinerth the first to cave inside icebergs of the Arctic. Both have encounters that are sure to raise icebergs on your skin.

Chill with us at 2pm Saturday for our Featured Event of the DCDiveShow.

 

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Deadly Waters: The Wreck of the John J. Boland Jr.- Erik Petkovic @ Room 306
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Deadly Waters: The Wreck of the John J. Boland Jr.- Erik Petkovic @ Room 306
Deadly Waters: The Wreck of the John J. Boland Jr.
Relive the tragic story of the wreck that never should have happened. The Boland was a Canadian ship, built in England, and lost in American waters.  Due to extreme negligence the Boland was lost in Lake Erie’s October waters. The Boland is one of Lake Erie’s most popular wreck dives and is accessible to both recreational divers and technical divers. Erik takes you deep inside the wreck on some of his harrowing penetrations where few have ventured. The presentation is supplemented with never before seen archival, historical, and spectacular underwater photographs.
Planning, Packing and Traveling Like a Pro- Cathryn Castle Garcia @ Room 302
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Planning, Packing and Traveling Like a Pro- Cathryn Castle Garcia @ Room 302

Cathryn Castle Garcia and Capt. Gui Garcia, C2G2Productions.com

This seminar is for the intrepid scuba diving adventurer who wants to explore well beyond the beaten path. You’ll get pragmatic, practical travel planning advice – including how to select an exotic destination, plan and insure your trip, and pack like a pro – while saving money, staying safe and enjoying an epic adventure.

Shark Diving in Rhode Island- Michael Eversmier @ Room 304
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Shark Diving in Rhode Island- Michael Eversmier @ Room 304

Beautiful Blues
Looking for a different diving adventure that is easy and close to home? How about swimming with one of the ocean’s most beautiful sharks, the blue shark. Just 20 to 30 miles off our northeast coast, where the gulfstream meets coastal waters, is a prime area to encounter blues and other interesting pelagics like makos, ocean sunfish, tuna, turtles, whales and dolphins. Discover why you’ll want to make this adventure a bucket list priority.

The Amazing Underwater World of Puget Sound @ Room 303
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Amazing Underwater World of Puget Sound @ Room 303

The Amazing Underwater World of Puget Sound

Jacques Cousteau once said that aside from the Red Sea, the Pacific Northwest was his favorite area to dive.   This presentation covers the diversity of sites, flora and fauna that divers routinely see when diving in the Pacific Northwest.  Come see for yourself, so you can plan your next dive trip to Puget Sound!

Top 10 of the Sharkiest Places to Dive @ Room 301
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Top 10 of the Sharkiest Places to Dive @ Room 301

Top 10 of the sharkiest places to dive

Have you got a case of shark fever? If so, join us as we countdown our top 10 sharkiest places to dive in the world. Which destination will earn a spot in the top 3? What sharks have made a destination stand out from the others? Can you guess?

Underwater & Topside Mexico- Larry Cohen & Olga Torrey @ Room 305
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Underwater & Topside Mexico- Larry Cohen & Olga Torrey @ Room 305

Underwater & Topside Mexico:
Mexico offers a variety of underwater experiences for the adventurous scuba diver. From Cozumel, Riviera Maya, the Sea of Cortez and Socorro, Mexico is never mundane. Larry and Olga will show images from their travels on both the east and west coast of this compelling country. They will discuss the variety of marine life in each location. They will also share their exploration of the culture, terrestrial wildlife and archaeological sites.

Atlantic Wreck Divers (Club) @ Room 301
Feb 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Atlantic Wreck Divers (Club) @ Room 301

Atlantic Wreck Divers is a scuba diving club devoted to exploration of shipwrecks. We organize ~25+ dives annually to East Coast shipwrecks ranging from DE to SC, the Great Lakes and well beyond! We conduct all business via email, so we accept members from ANYWHERE! We meet the 2nd Wednesday of most months at Rams Head Tavern in Savage MD. As a member you’ll get access to an affordable and active annual wreck diving charter schedule. Find us on Facebook or at our website – https://wreckdiv.wixsite.com/atlanticwreckdivers

Patowmack Dive Club @ Room 306
Feb 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Patowmack Dive Club @ Room 306
The Patowmack Dive Club meets monthly to enjoy dinner and to talk about diving. We organize several land-based and liveaboard dive trips per year to locations at great dive sites in the United States, the Caribbean, the Pacific, and beyond. Our members range from non-divers and recently certified divers to old salts. Interests range from tropical water diving to underwater photography to cave/wreck diving. Patowmack Divers meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 at Mylo’s Grill in McLean, Va. We share our latest pictures, trade lessons learned, and discuss future dive trips. We frequently have guest speakers who talk about such diverse topics as Underwater Archeology, Reef Ecology, Treasure Hunting Expeditions, Underwater Photography and Environmental Issues. Learn more about us at http://www.patowmackdivers.com or https://www.facebook.com/PatowmackDivers/.
SOMD Divers Club Meeting @ Room 305
Feb 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
SOMD Divers Club Meeting @ Room 305

Southern Maryland Divers, LLC is proud to fully support the Southern Maryland Dive Club. While not tethered to the business, the dive club has the full support of the shop. The club is designed for everyone and anyone to join us at our meetings to learn new things, discuss dive trips, and meet new people.

The club has no membership requirements or dues, and is very informal. Just show up to the meetings and enjoy the content that has been put together for you.

The club schedules local fun dives, oyster diving, and other fun SCUBA related activities. ​

SOMD Divers Web Page

UAS Club Meeting @ Room 304
Feb 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
UAS Club Meeting @ Room 304

Join members of the UnderWater Adventure Seekers for their club meeting. Current members and potential members welcome.

Visit the UASDivers web page.
Caribbean Carnival Social @ Morrison-Clark Host Hotel
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Caribbean Carnival Social @ Morrison-Clark Host Hotel

Join us for the Mid-Winter Scuba Divers Social. This is a chance to come out and have some fun! Meet scuba divers from all over the region. Old diving buddies and meet new diving buddies.

Just Fun!

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