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The Diving Equipment and Marketing Association annual trade-only DEMA Show will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Fl, starting November 13 through November 16, 2019.  This is the only trade show for the diving and snorkeling industry. Bona fide industry members can register here. Get your free show guide here.

Diving Equipment and Marketing Association is an international organization dedicated to the promotion and growth of the recreational scuba diving and snorkeling industry. With more than 1,300 members, this non-profit, global organization promotes scuba diving through consumer awareness programs and media campaigns such as the national Be a Diver campaign; diver retention initiatives such as DiveCaching; and an annual trade-only event for businesses in the scuba diving, action watersports and adventure/dive-travel industries, DEMA Show.


Sea of Change Foundation Gala

In an on-going effort to support marine conservation and education, leaders of the scuba diving community will again unite in support of the Sea of Change Foundation Gala at this year’s DEMA (Dive Equipment Manufacturers’ Association) in Orlando Florida. All funds raised from this  “ocean casual” gala event will go directly to support the Sea of Change Foundation’s 2020 marine conservation projects and graduate scholarships. In 2020, the foundation will again provide financial and logistic support for projects that create direct and measurable positive change for our oceans.

The Sea of Change Foundation, along with our generous sponsors – Aggressor LiveaboardsSSIPlatinum Pro Foundation, and Mares – is hosting the second annual Coral Reefs Forever Gala beginning at 6:30 p.m., Thursday November 14, 2018 in Room W311E-H at the Orange County Convention Center.


59th NOGI Awards

On November 14, 2019 the NOGI’s will be presented by the Academy of Underwater Arts and Science. This year  celebrates the 59th NOGI Awards Ceremony held at the Rosen Center Hotel Ballroom C. The NOGI’s are considered the “Oscars of the Ocean” and this event is the premier opportunity for the underwater community to honor the contributions made by extraordinary people in all areas of underwater endeavors. This year’s honorees are: Jerry Greenberg, Eric Hanauer, Tom Neuman, MD, Wallace J Nichols, and Brian Skerry.   Tickets for this black tie event are available while they last at the AUAS.


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The 31th annual presentation of the Reaching Out Awards. Captain Spencer Slate and Armand “Zig” & JoAnn Zigahn are the 2019 Reaching Out Award recipients. The Dive Industry will celebrate at the 31st annual DEMA Award’s Party, taking place in Orlando, FL on November 15, 2019, to honor these recipients and reveal this year’s recipient of the Wave Makers Award. Join industry peers at this year’s 80’s inspired evening to honor outstanding members of the diving community. Get your tickets when you register for the DEMA Show.


Wave Makers Award!

The recipient of the Wave Makers Award will be revealed at the 31st annual DEMA Award’s Party, taking place in Orlando, FL on November 15, 2019. The Wave Makers Award was first introduced in 2017 and aims to recognize professionals who have been working in the industry for five years or less and have made a significant contribution to the industry during that time. The Wave Makers Award encourages the industry to support a culture that fosters innovative thinking and encourages engagement.Get your tickets when you register for the DEMA Show.


WDHOF Logo-women divers hall of fame, association, logo dema 20172020 Women Divers Hall of Fame Inductees & Tropical Dreams

Although the 2020 Women Divers Hall of Fame nominees will not be inducted until Beneath the Sea in New Jersey in March 2020, the DEMA show is an opportunity for attendees to meet many of these amazing women. 

Meet the women of diving in person at the WDHOF signature event, Tropical Dreams and Paradise Sunsets on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 • 7:30-10:30 pm at the Rosen Center Hotel, in Orlando Florida.  Tickets available at the door.  This year’s theme is Feeling Groovy!  Tickets available here: $25 per person in advance ($30 at DEMA and at the door). Proceeds benefit the Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarships & Training Grants that offer financial and/or educational assistance to individuals of all ages, particularly those who are preparing for professional careers that involve scuba diving. More details here.

The Women Divers Hall of Fame ™ (WDHOF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and raising awareness of the contributions of outstanding women divers. WDHOF provides educational, mentorship, financial, and career opportunities to the diving community throughout the world.


WDHOF Scholarships & Training Grants

Tropical Dreams & Paradise is an annual fundraiser to support the 44 WDHOF scholarships and training grants that are available to women and men.  Application deadline for these programs is Nov 5, 2019.  Each year, WDHOF awards scholarships and training grants that provide financial and educational support to individuals of all ages, particularly those who are preparing for professional careers that involve diving.

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Blue Ocean Network & Reef-World at DEMA

One of our Blue Ocean co-founders, Laurie Wilson will be  walking the convention floor with our Reef-World Foundation colleague Chloe Harvey. They are working on a new Green Gear Survey as part of the 2nd annual #BlueGreen Seminars at the DEMA Show 2019. There are TWO opportunities to attend Unleash Your Potential with Ocean Conscious Business Models at DEMA Show 2019.

We’ll be covering the latest in dive operations best practices, sustainable travel, ocean-positive manufacturers, eco-friendly photography and ocean conscious suppliers. The presentation is FREE to DEMA attendees and exhibitor personnel. The intel is priceless. Don’t miss this!


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