All aboard for the Dive Show, Saturday & Sunday, March 2nd & 3rd!
A WARM welcome is extended to all to the biggest event on the national diving calendar, Dive Ireland International Expo.
Hosted by Lough Derg SAC in association with CFT, the 2019 ‘Dive Show’ will take place at the Great National Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh – a town famous for its welcome – in Co Tipperary on Saturday and Sunday, March 2nd and 3rd. There is a fantastic array of exhibitors and speakers lined up for this year’s show, with participants coming from as far away as the Red Sea, Mediterranean, Canary Islands, France and Finland, as well as from across Ireland and the UK.
The Dive Show is the place to go to gear up for the new season of diving and snorkelling. Here you can check out the best equipment from the leading names in the business, including some brand new gear. You can chat with the experts, and share stories and advice with them and others attending from the international scuba community.
A key feature of the 2019 Show is the strength of dive holiday providers in attendance. You can learn everything you need to know about luxury holidays in Egypt, Malta, Lanzarote and the South of France, as well as diving expeditions in Ireland.
Another standout aspect of this year’s show is the awesome lineup of speakers. A plethora of diving and nature-related topics will be discussed in the talks, all of which will be followed by a Q&A session.
The keynote speaker will be Jim Warny, the vastly-experienced Clare-based cave diver who was part of the dive team that famously rescued a team of young soccer players and their coach from a cave in Thailand last year.
The speaker lineup furthermore includes some very high-profile people of the diving world in the photography exhibition, among them Paul Duxfield, Richard Thorn, Damien McGuirk, Nick Pfeiffer, Nick Blake and Barry McGill. Prizes will also be presented to the winners of the Vincent O’Brien Memorial Competition as part of the photography exhibition.
Elsewhere, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) will be attending Dive Ireland 2019 and holding two member forums as well as general member support over both days of the show.
A further intriguing additition to the Nenagh show is Seasearch@DiveIreland2019, a series of talks on marine science and recording. These are scheduled to take place throughout the day on Saturday and are sure to garner much interest.
The Dive Show will of course also host CFT’s annual Diving Officer/Training Officer conference (on Saturday) and AGM on Sunday in a conference room proudly sponsored by Digren Energy Ltd. This room will also be the stage for the annual S&R conference, which will this time include the presentation of medals to divers with over 10 years of experience in S&R.
And, something else to look forward to at this year’s Dive Show is the raffle competition, with some great prizes to be won. These include a cash prize of €500, bog oak sculpture donated by local wood carver (and LDSAC diver) Paradzai Havatitye (worth €250), a Dive Ireland T-shirt signed by David Attenborough, two nights’ B&B with one evening meal for two in any Great National Hotel, two tickets for Blue Planet II at the Three Arena on March 24th, a voucher from South West Tech, voucher from OceanAddicts, and numerous other prizes.
Yes, as you can see, there’s a whole lot going on at Dive Ireland 2019, coming up fast on the first weekend of March. It’s going to be divin’ great!
For more information, visit the diveireland.ie website and look out for Dive Ireland updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
A word of thanks to Digren Energy and all who have provided sponsorship towards the show, including M7 rest stop Barack Obama Plaza, Moneygall; pub/restaurant/B&B The Hibernian Inn, Nenagh; steel fabrication and installation specialists Mackey Plant of Nenagh; Una Powell’s pub/Bistro 41 restaurant, Nenagh; Permanent TSB; Steeples wine and tapas bar; Spillane Precast Concrete Ltd; Breo Jewellers, The Peppermill restaurant and Permanent TSB, all of Nenagh.
Further thanks to Carey Glass International and Abbey Machinery, two companies founded by Nenagh families that have gone on to become international leaders in their field.