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Scuba Show 2015 - Long Beach, CA

Discussion in 'SoCal' started by DJ457, Jun 1, 2015.

  1. DJ457

    DJ457 Solo Diver

    For the first time I can actually make the Dive Show in Long Beach this year.

    Is this a good place to find some good deals on gear?
    What has your guys experiences been at the shows you have attended in the past?

    Pretty excited about getting there on Saturday.
  2. cbm32

    cbm32 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: I am bi-coastal. Michigan and SoCal
    I have scored some good deals during the last hour or so on the last day in the past.
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  3. AZTinman

    AZTinman Barracuda

    I scored lots of free stuff there a couple of years ago. Wish I was going again this year!

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  4. Lopez116

    Lopez116 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Orange County, CA
    You will get a lot of brochures and pamphlets from dive operators and resorts...A little overhyped IMO
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  5. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    Equipment not featured as much as in the past, but plenty of travel specials. For me it is like an annual reunion. However, I have heard there may be more equipment manufacturers there this year.
  6. Ulfhedinn

    Ulfhedinn Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: So CAL

    This was the vibe I got last year too. Went with my daughter and spent about 15mins total walking the whole site. Was less than impressed.
  7. mselenaous

    mselenaous Island girl ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Key Largo, FL... Dive Capital of the World
    Netdoc & I will be there with free Scubaboard swag.
  8. AZTinman

    AZTinman Barracuda

    Probably should have clarified...

    One vendor gave me a nice mesh shoulder bag (my wife uses it for snorkeling gear). Both of us scored some free nights from a hotel on Catalina. A couple of vendors gave us t-shirts too.

    We took our granddaughter to several workshops at the show. Some folks at one of the shark conservation organization information booths visited with her and answered her questions for over an hour. She thought she was in heaven. When we took her to the show she thought she might want to become a scuba diver; when she left the show she was convinced that she wanted to get certified. She completed her cert stuff last summer.

    One of the live aboard boat operators was looking at a shark tracking app on his iPad when we stopped at his booth. Rather than doing a sales pitch about his operation, he showed me the app. I never booked with him, but I've sure enjoyed the app and shared it with other people.

    Opinions and experiences undoubtedly vary. We enjoyed the show and felt our time there was well spent. Of course, that's just us.

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  9. JackConnick

    JackConnick Optical Ocean Sales ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    We just shipped $65K of gear there to show off, and will have an Olympus rep in the booth to answer your questions. We'll have the lowest prices of the year on some great cameras, lights and strobes.

    There will be many places to get hands-on with gear and ask direct questions of manufacturers, retailers, travel operators and agents. The show this year is going to be the largest in many years with an entire extra aisle of booths! It's going to be the best consumer dive show this year by far.

    Stop by and see us in booth 403-405.
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  10. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
    People attend the "SCUBA Show" for many reasons; some to reunite with their adoring fans, some to see the latest equipment, others to book a trip to some distant shore, while others attend the work shops and seminars to increase their knowledge.

    Those who want to obtain equipment are best served to attend the last day. Many but not all exhibitors have no desire to pack up their wares, pay the "Swampers" to move their items to the front door so they will "Sell their Samples" to almost any one. Just make contact have a chat and ask if they are selling samples? If so put your name on the list or on the item. Right before closing drop by with the CORRECT AMOUNT OF CASH, GET A SIGNED NOTE ON THEIR LETTER HEAD AND THE ITEM IS YOURS.

    I have been presenting seminars almost since the show began.

    Many years ago after co-authoring "Orange County Dive Locations" in the book Diving West the second dive guide published in US. I presented "Orange County Dive locations" at the show for a number of years. After reading some of the posts to this board it is very apparent that I should dust off this presentation.

    This year I will be presenting "The history of the red and white dive flag." FYI the flag was developed in Michigan in 1950s by the late Ted Nixon, not by the Floridian imposter who claims to have developed it.

    The first accident involving a boater running over a diver displaying a divers flag was in the very early 1960s at Long point Catalina Island. I was called as the only "Expert Witness" to defend the validity and use of the then few years old flag. Certainly an awesome responsibility. We prevailed and the red and white dive flag became the recognized flag of recreational diving. Periodically over the past 60 plus years I have consulted and appeared in a court of law in defense of the flag.

    My seminar is scheduled for 1:00 on Saturday, immediately after the great Patrick Smith who wrote a book on California shipwrecks and knows more about California ship wrecks than any one ever knew or will know...a real diving treasure trove

    My son Dr. Sam IV, who is also a NAUI (life,) PADI, SSI Pro 5000 diver, ER & Scripps trained Hyperbaric doctor ( I have my own personal Hyperbaric doctor) will be presenting a very humorous but yet serious seminar on "Body Implants and Diving" at 4:00 on Saturday. A must for females contemplating breast implants.

    FYI....Interesting that the concept of a SCUBA show was developed by Hal Dunigan, LA Co UW instructor, way back before NAUI, PADI & the rest of the agency alphabet became the norm. He presented a show for two years at the Santa Monica civic Auditorium a good ten years before the SCUBA Show was established.

    Only in California are there individuals with historical as well as the most modern medical information...No where but California can you casually chat one to one who has been there done that or with a real live Hyperbaric Doctor.

    Southern California - WERE IT ALL BEGAN..

    Dr. SDM 111

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