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Dive events to look forward to in 2018

Attending a dive event is a great idea if you want to stay up-to-date with all the interesting diving trends, or maybe you’re looking for an extra push to finally take the plunge and dive into the wonderful, exciting world of scuba diving. Just start by attending an international dive event. 

Visit a travel agency stand to explore all the cool diving destinations, speak with diving associations and get to know other people interested in diving, just like you. Check out the latest diving equipment, find your closest diving centre and start a course, or just spend your time dreaming about all the amazing boats you can enjoy as a diver. 

Here are some of the biggest, international dive events you can look forward to in 2018. Our selection includes expos, seminars and conferences around the world where you can explore all there is to know about the thrilling world of diving.

Salon de la Plongée (20th International Paris Dive Show 2018)

When: 12 – 15 January 2018

Where: Paris, France  

Highlight: Over 400 international exhibitors all under one roof and you get to explore the city of light and love. Four days of exhibitions, diving seminars, and champagne.

Boot (47th International Boat Show 2018)

When: 20 – 28 January 2018

Where: Düsseldorf, Germany 

Highlight: Focused on multiple water sports, yachts and marine tourism. You can also try out indoor surfing. Afterwards, enjoy some German wurst and explore the city’s vibrant art scene. 

Duikvaker Expo (The Dutch Dive Show 2018)

When: 3 – 4 Februrary 2018

Where: Houten, Netherlands  

Highlight: Intimate and friendly, with over 100 exhibitors and more than 80 speakers, focusing also on underwater film and photography.

IX Podwodna Przygoda

When: 17 – 18 February 2018

Where: Warsaw, Poland 

Highlight: Diving industry exhibitors gathering for every sea lovers, including whoever is just about to start his underwater adventures.

Dive Travel Show Madrid 2018

When: 17 – 18 February 2018

Where: Madrid, Spain

Highlight: This is your appointment to view, browse, find friends, discover new destinations, attend presentations, view exhibits and know more and more of the fascinating world, called diving, that never stops surprising. 

Fira de Cornella (17 Salón de la inmersión 2018)

When: 23 – 25 February 2018

Where: Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain  

Highlight: 8000 sq. meters of exhibition space for 140 diving industry partners, gathering to promote the latest innovations on the market.

DMEX 2018 (12th Dive Middle East Exhibition)

When: 27 February – 3 March 2018

Where: Dubai, United Arab Emirates  

Highlight: DMEX gives you the opportunity to experience live and interactive presentations from the industry professionals, find dive shops from around the region, network with industry leaders in the diving community and gain valuable industry knowledge while discovering the latest in diving equipment.

EUDI Show (26th European Dive Show)

When: 2 – 4 March 2018

Where: Bologna, Italy 

Highlight: One of the oldest dive shows in Europe, created in 1992. Each year it brings together divers and speakers from all over Europe. You also get to explore the picturesque city of Bologna and dive into delicious Italian food and atmosphere.

Dive Ireland

When: 3 – 4 March 2018

Where: Limerick, Ireland

Highlight: Interesting gathering for any diver, snorkeller or underwater enthusiast meeting with fellow buddies from around the country and beyond. With offers, conferences and much more.

Belgische Duiksportbeurs

When: 17 – 18 March 2018

Where: Antwerp, Belgium

Highlight: The place where Belgian and Dutch divers meet to enjoy a special atmosphere, that only this relatively small dive show can create. Thanks to several small auctions a day it possible to buy some quality materials at ecceptional pricing.

ADEX 2018 (The Asia Dive Expo)

When: 6 – 8 April 2018

Where: Singapore 

Highlight: One of the biggest dive expos in Asia, with lots of seminars and workshops for different kinds of divers. Many experts, tourism industry representatives and international speakers come together to celebrate the world of diving and discuss the issues of climate change.

MIDE 2018 (13th Malaysia International Dive Expo)

When: 4 – 6 May 2018

Where: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Highlight: This event brings together a good number of visitors and exhibitors each year. The ‘hottest’ dive expo in Malaysia has many seminars and interactive dive experiences for all ages, as well as dive equipment, courses and travel packages on sale for people interested in exploring Southeast Asia.

31th Scuba Show

When: 23 – 24 June 2018

Where: Long Beach, California, USA 

Highlight: Over 300 exhibitors, with lots of seminars and exciting talks. It is America’s largest B2C scuba diving expo, taking place in the beautiful state of California. The event also organises a film festival and a party for divers and visitors from all around the world.

AIDE 2018 (Australia International Dive Expo) 

When: 2 – 6 August 2018

Where: Sydney, Australia  

Highlight: AIDE has been running since 2014. This year, it will happen together with the Sydney International Boat Show. The expo includes lots of exciting workshops and courses including underwater photography and maritime archaeology. It’s also an excellent expo for families with kids. If you’re a first time diver, you can also try out diving in a safe try-dive pool.

InterDive 2018

When: 20 – 23 September 2018

Where: Friedrichshafen, Germany 

Highlight: This four-day trade show focuses on diving, snorkelling and travel, held in the charming town of Friedrichshafen, in the south of Germany. It includes lots of charity auctions, an environmentally concerned ‘Green Expo’, as well as a legendary ‘Night Dive’ party and diving career forum.


When: October 2018

Where: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Highlight: This premiere diving conference is ideal for anyone looking to expand their knowledge, not just experienced technical divers. With many of the leading instructors and manufacturers in attendance, EUROTEK offers a unique opportunity to meet, quiz, socialize and learn. 

DEMA Show 2018

When: 14 – 17 November 2018

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada  

Highlight: DEMA Show is probably the largest international show featuring diving, watersports and dive travel industries. Organised by the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association, also this year’s edition will take place in Orlando, Florida.

The magical thing about diving is that it takes you to all the different corners of the world. There’s never a dull moment and there’s always a buddy out there who shares your passion for exploring the seas and life under water.  

If you’re looking to ignite your passion for diving or want to find out if diving is right for you, we highly recommend you visit one of these international events.  And, make sure you pay a visit to a DAN stand, our international staff will be pleased to host you and provide info on all DAN products and services on offer.

So, which dive event are you thinking about attending in 2018?  Share your thoughts with us on social media.

Are we missing any event? Let us know at [email protected].


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