DIVE 2010 – The UK’S Biggest Event For Divers

Written by Jamie Grove on


Diving events don’t get any bigger or better than the Birmingham Dive Show at the NEC (DIVE 2010), now celebrating 20 years as the UK’s most popular festival for divers. The show has earned an unrivalled reputation as a place where divers from around the world gather to advance their sport – to talk and to listen, to buy and to sell, to teach and to learn, and to meet up with friends and colleagues.

This year’s event, over the 30/31 October weekend, is set to be one of the most exciting to date, with hundreds of exhibitors and a tantalising line-up of guest speakers covering a wide range of hot diving topics.

Following their talks, there will be the chance to catch up with speakers on the DIVE 2010 show floor – where you’ll also find yourself surrounded by diving experts of all kinds, ready to help you learn more about the things that matter to your diving.

For overseas diving destinations to suit all pockets and levels of experience visit the South-East Asia Pavilion, the Caribbean Village or the Red Sea Zone. Or, if you’re planning some diving nearer to home, head for the British Isles Experience where you can talk to boat skippers and dive centres and also enter the Suunto competition to win a dive computer.


One of the big draws at the dive show is the huge amount of dive gear to look at, try on and buy – often at very tempting prices. So, before you put your flexible friend to use, why not stop by the New Product Showcase to catch up on the latest diving equipment hitting the beaches.

At DIVE 2010 you’ll be the first to see, among other things, AP Valves’ Commando Escape Sub-Three-Zero lightweight BC and TUSA’s BCJ-7000C Conquest jacket, as well as the first air-integrated Tusa computer, the IQ-950 Zen. Oceanic will also be there with its patented Dual Algorithm dive computers from the VEO 1.0 up to the OC1 – and the new Hollis BioDry drysuit. And on the subject of suits, Otter Watersports’ Travelite lightweight membrane drysuit with telescopic torso, front zip and 4mm socks is also on show.

VR Technology is showing the next Apeks Sentinel Bail Out Valve for the Sentinel Rebreather, and Custom Divers has chosen DIVE 2010 to launch a multi-functional, lightweight aluminium bracket system for mounting independent twin cylinders.

Dive Show 2010 - Rebreather PoolOver at the Technical Pool, MR Diving will boast the biggest selection of closed-circuit rebreathers yet. Don’t hang around, as there’s sure to be a queue of people wanting to try the APD Inspiration, the APD Evolution Vision, the VR Technology Sentinel Expedition, the Megalodon and the new Pathfinders. They’ll also be able to help with training advice.

Friends and family new to diving can have a go in the show’s Try Dive Pool. It’s the perfect place to get youngsters enthused about the sport ¬– and, like all the DIVE 2010 attractions, it’s absolutely free of charge!


Marine life features strongly in the DIVE 2010 speaker programme. Sharks will be the subject for both Richard Peirce (with a presentation entitled “Shark Attack Britain”), and Lesley “Shark Warrior” Rochat. Meanwhile, Andrea Marshall, another woman at the forefront of research into big marine animals, will be describing her ground-breaking work with manta rays in Mozambique. Of particular interest is John Boyle’s preview of his film Saving Nemo about the threat to anemonefish from the aquarium trade.

Two of Britain’s foremost – and most active – divers will also be in attendance. The irrepressible Paul Rose will be describing his second BBC Oceans series – this time majoring on diving around the British Isles. And Monty Halls will be describing diving with whales and dolphins on the west coast of Ireland for his third Great Escapes TV series.

Wrecks and the more technical side of diving will, of course, also be a major theme. Leading technical diver Rich Stevenson promises a fascinating insight into his world in “A Decade of Deep Wreck Exploration”. And highly respected British cave-diver Martyn Farr will deliver a talk called “The Classic Cavern & Cave Diving Sites of Europe”.

Dive Show regular Saeed Rashid will also be on hand in the Digital Clinic to help anyone wanting to improve their underwater images. For up-to-date seminar and speaker presentation programmes, visit


Interest in freediving is growing fast, and the NoTanx Apnea presentations at recent Dive Shows have drawn big crowds. At Dive 2010, Marcus Greatwood and his team have put together a new, interactive attraction called the Total Immersion Freedive Experience. Show visitors can take part in a 10-minute relaxation and breathing lesson with an instructor, followed by first-hand experience of freediving – holding your breath while watching a film in widescreen HD that simulates a reef dive, competition freedive or apnea cave dive. If you want to find out more about freediving, this is one not to miss!


Just by completing a competition card when you arrive at the show could mean a great week’s diving holiday for yourself and a companion based at the luxurious Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort in Furjairah. With the resort’s Al Boom Diving, you’ll visit dive sites such as Dibba Rock, home of black-tip reef sharks and sea turtles and highly colonised wrecks just a short distance away. You’ll also have easy access to the best diving in the UAE both off its own shores and that of neighbouring Oman.


By booking your tickets in advance, you can save £3 off the price of an adult ticket (£7.50 instead of £10.50 on the door). And if you club together with friends and book six or more tickets at the same time, you’ll get a further £1 off the advance price (£6.50 a ticket). Children under 14 go free. Visit to book now.


If ski or snowboarding is among your passions, there’s also the chance to visit the Daily Telegraph British Ski & Snowboarding Show while you’re at the NEC. A special two-show deal for Dive Show visitors will enable you to visit both shows for just £14.

You can buy your two-show ticket on the day at the special kiosk near the show entrance. Or, if you book your Dive Show ticket in advance, get your hand stamped as you leave the show to buy a cross-over ticket for just £6.50.

For more information about the Daily Telegraph British Ski & Board Show, visit