We have return safely from the DEMA SHOW 2008 and are preparing a slew of articles both on the new and inovative new products and a few unique perspectives of the scuba industry. In case you do not know of DEMA, it is the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association, a non-profit membership-based association created to help businesses in the Scuba Diving and Action Water Sports industries.
The show was a grand event and packed with over 11,000 dive industry professionals and over 650 exhibitors of products, services and travel. The exhibit all was so long there were electric (airport style) carts shuttling visitors between little park bench stops placed around the exhibit hall.
Being from the beautiful, quiet and calm woods or the Pacific Northwest and not being gamblers, the trek to and life outside the show made us feel like we were on a true pilgrimage to the Mecca of scuba shows. The event buoyed our spirits after having to endure the chaos, dry desert air, casino noise and second hand smoke and all around crappy food of the Las Vegas strip. We certainly look forward to Orlando next year.
BEST OF SHOW: We will have more detailed articles on all of our best of show picks (some are already posted).
- For simple innovation we liked the Pocket Buoy which make it easier to be safe and carry a dive flag.
- In the major scuba gear we found the Whites’ new Fusion TechDrysuit that defines a whole new class of drysuit.
- In the technology category diving dry has taken on a new meaning with introduction of the new eDiving.us (see our pre-DEMA article).
- A technology category, honrable mention goes to Liquivsion for the first ever use of an OLED screen on a dive computer. It is incredibly bright.
All aticles for the show are have 2008 DEMA News in the title and a linked category.