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Is Our World Underwater show dying?

Discussion in 'Shows and Events' started by GIANNA LOMAX, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Last year Indy MPH had a ton of masks. DRIS will have some. Not sure about Scuba Emporium. The show is very tropical so you should find plenty of resorts.
     
  2. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

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    The show’s online floor map seems to show only two empty/unsold booths. This smaller show is probably already half way to hugely successful by the owner’s standards before the first attendee walks in. Attendance will be the other half. The excess unused space at the old venue was almost depressing.
     
  3. Mason Gierke

    Mason Gierke Angel Fish

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    @JackD342

    Where did you find the map, is there an exhibitor list as well?

    I was on the OWUW site but couldn't find the info.
     
  4. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Yes, there is an exhibitors list. Very easy to find. It’s on the left side.
     
  5. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divemaster

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    Hopefully the news of the death of OWU will have been greatly exaggerated :yeahbaby:
     
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  6. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

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  7. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I’m at OUW now. Seems to be a lot of people here. Attended a great talk by Joan Forsberg on Chicago shipwrecks and another one by a gal from the Wisconsin Maritime History group on canallers.

    Lunch now then UASC booth.

    DRIS has a fair amount of gear. Indy MPH has a lot. They also brought Seac and Sealife. Scuba Emporium has very little. Had a great chat with the people at the Michigan Underwater Preserves group about my Thunder Bay trip last year and the Straits this year, especially the Cedarville.
     
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  8. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Won a charter from Double Action.
     
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  9. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Successful afternoon, although I trashed my knees with standing for an hour, and had to spend the rest of the afternoon sitting. Encouraged a couple of people to get certified (had a friend or spouse with them who was certified), talked someone into getting drysuit certified as she wants to dive Lake Michigan, but hates cold. Convinced another to give the lake a try. Found a probable new dive buddy - gal who had moved from California last year and doesn't have anyone to dive with. We exchanged contact info.

    A fellow UASC member said he'd heard from a lot of people this was their first time attending OUW. This was the 49th show, per Joan Forsberg.

    I might end up organizing a wreck survey project for UASC.
     
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