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