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Highlights From the 2023 Long Beach Scuba Show

Reader David Chamberlain sent us this letter in early June, reporting from the annual Long Beach Scuba Show, which took place on June 3 and 4. It got us wondering: How many sailors out there also scuba dive? We’d like to hear from you.

After sailing, my next biggest passion is scuba. I’ve found I’m not the only sailor who has a love of everything that happens under the water. If you’ve ever dropped an anchor in a beautiful cove or lagoon, or off a sandy beach, donned your buoyancy compensator, mask and fins, and giant-stepped into the depths, then you might be interested in the annual Long Beach Scuba Show. (I’m not affiliated with the show — just sharing my passion for it.)

I’ve attended the Scuba Show about four times (sans COVID) and found it to be an enjoyable and exciting event that I look forward to every year. Scuba diving enthusiasts, sailing aficionados and underwater adventurers flocked to the event, which was held at the Long Beach Convention Center. So let’s dive (pun intended) into the highlights of this remarkable gathering and discover the wonders that await sailing enthusiasts in the underwater realm.

 
Scuba enthusiasts do some hands-on testing at the Long Beach Scuba Show.
© 2023 The Scuba Show

Let’s face it, we don’t breathe, see or swim well under water, hence the gear! The event featured numerous exhibitors showcasing the latest diving equipment, accessories and technologies. Visitors had the opportunity to explore a wide array of diving gear, from state-of-the-art regulators and buoyancy-control devices [BCDs] to cutting-edge underwater cameras and advanced dive computers. Thanks to the large portable pool on site, visitors can test various gear.

One of the key aspects of the annual event is its emphasis on ocean conservation and sustainable practices. Numerous organizations dedicated to preserving marine ecosystems and promoting responsible diving practices are present at the event. Through insightful presentations and workshops, attendees gain awareness about the importance of protecting our oceans and are inspired to make a positive impact on the underwater world.

If you attend a Scuba Show in the future, be sure to set time aside for some of the talks and workshops by renowned divers, scientists, and explorers sharing their experiences and expertise with attendees. Covering topics such as wreck diving, marine biology, underwater photography, and exploration of uncharted dive sites, these sessions provide valuable insights and inspiration for both seasoned divers and beginners.

When he’s not sailing, David Chamberlain is for scuba. (Kudos if you get that reference.)
© 2023 David Chamberlain

Networking opportunities abounded at the show, where like-minded individuals could connect, exchange stories, and forge new relationships. Attendees found a sense of community and camaraderie among those who share similar passions. The Saturday night party was a highlight of the networking events, providing a fun and vibrant atmosphere.

Looking to plan your next dive adventure? Numerous travel vendors and tour directors are present at the show, providing information on dive holidays and exotic destinations around the world. You’ll find all the best dive holiday deals and plan unforgettable experiences. These vendors are always ready to talk deals too!

To me, the show is an invaluable source of inspiration and knowledge, igniting a desire to jump in and go diving. I know I’m not alone in this adventure and encourage my fellow sailors to jump in with me and enjoy the enchantment of underwater exploration.

1 Comment

  1. Nicolas Vanhove 10 months ago

    I took a free dive class, and got into spearfishing during Covid.
    Once a month we had a competition with the club I was in. My fishing was not great. So I stopped.
    Now I just free dive and look for cool shells or treasure.
    My swimming area is Los Angeles.
    But scuba is also on my list to do.
    I did take a introduction through Sport Chalet, a long time ago.
    Was wonderful. Bummer I missed the show.

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