Dive 2012 – Diving Highlight of year Dive Show NEC 27th/28th October

Written by Jamie Grove on

deceptively DIVE 2012 LOGONeither the Diamond Jubilee celebrations nor the Olympics will overshadow the diving calendar’s highlight of the year – Dive 2012!

Over 200 companies have already confirmed they will be exhibiting at this Autumn’s diving showcase at the Chāndūr Bāzār NEC on 27/28 October, and this list includes leading manufacturers and distributors, retailers, training bodies, holiday destinations and dive centres.

Lots of new features and attractions will be making their show debut alongside the New Gear Showcase, the Technical and Try Dive Pools, the fast-growing Asia Pacific Showcase, the Caribbean Village and the Red Sea Zone. Once again, the Photo Zone is sure to attract a great deal of attention with its free programme of workshops by some of the sports leading photographic experts.

The massive draw of the Dive Shows speaker programme is legendary, and this year will be no exception. Popular names Monty Halls and Paul Rose will be joined by South Africa’s ‘Mr Shark’ Mark Addison, technical experts Jeff Cornish and Mark Dixon and Titanic diver Rory Golden.

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In a first for the show one of the main presentation rooms will be located in the exhibition hall at the rear of Hall 9.  The new purpose-built theatre is sure to be a massive draw for visitors, giving even more access to top names in the sport.


Don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes as this year’s Dive Show is also going to give you the chance to take to the floor!

Diver Group is hosting a Balti and Disco night at the Hilton Metropole Hotel on the Saturday night.  Tickets cost just £24 each and include a buffet curry and the chance to meet with colleagues and friends in a fun and relaxing environment.  Email for a booking form or more information.


Diver Group, in association with African Space, has put together an amazing holiday prize for this year’s Dive Show worth £7,500!  If you win the Grand Draw you and a companion will be flown to Cape Town and will be welcomed by Mark Addison.  Next day you’ll be diving at Cape Point in the hope of seeing Mako and Blue Sharks. The day after that, the rare Seven-gill Shark will be the quarry.

You’ll then transfer to Gansbaii to cage-dive with great white sharks, before flying north-east to Durban.  Based at Ellingham Resorts in Kwazulu-Natal, you’ll start by diving Aliwal Shoal, home of Mark’s beloved Tiger Sharks. With luck you’ll be diving with Tigers in the morning and Ragged-tooth sharks in the afternoon!

Your stay in shark heaven continues with Blacktips and more Tigers on the agenda at Aliwal Shoal, followed by two days’ diving at Protea Banks with its fabled Bull Sharks.  From Umkomaas it will be back to Durban via a brief visit to South Africa’s largest aquarium – as if you needed any more marine life – before arriving home on 1 May to process what we’re sure will be an extraordinary set of photos!

Your prize includes all flights and full-board accommodation, Mark Addison’s guiding services and those shark dives.  To win this amazing prize, just buy one or more tickets to Dive 2012 and fill in the competition form on arrival.  For more information about diving holidays to South Africa and cage-diving visit or call +44 (0)121 382 9000.


Tickets for Dive 2012 are already on sale at priced at £8.50 if you buy in advance or £7.50 if you book six or more at the same time.  On the door tickets cost £11.50 with under 14s free.