Without a doubt, the Blue Wild Ocean Adventure and Marine Art Expo is the biggest and best freediving and spearfishing consumer show in North America, which is why you should be there Saturday & Sunday Feb. 21 & 22 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.!
It seems impossible, but every year Sheri Daye, the show’s producer, manages to make this event even better than the last. With more than 80,000 square feet of exhibit space and upwards of 130 exhibitors inside and out, this is the place to attend seminars, workshops and demonstrations on topics covering freediving, scuba diving, spearfishing, lobstering, board sports, underwater photography, videography, and marine art.
This year there will be two large pools outside where the Freediving Instructors International (FII) team will be hosting a fun charity breath-hold event to benefit DiveWise. You won’t want to miss it! In these pools, guests can also try out new water toys and take part in professional demonstrations including kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), and breath-hold techniques. Be sure to catch the swimwear fashion shows and a display from Contender Boats!
The Speaker lineup includes Emmy Award winning filmmaker Stan Waterman; outdoorsman and TV star Manny Puig, spearfishing champion and whale videographer Rob Torelli from Australia, shipwreck explorer Mike Barnette, and many others. Marine artists including Carey Chen, Pascal Lecocq, Randall Scott, Steve Ozment, Craig Dietrich, Don Ray, K.C. Scott, will be displaying a huge selection of marine-themed artwork. At the end of each show day is a huge raffle with awesome prizes being raffled off to lucky winners.
Admission is $23/day at the door or $20/day for Early Bird Registration. Kids 12 and under are free. Admission includes entry to the Saturday night Blue Wild After Party from 7:30-11:00 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach. This is your chance to mingle with industry experts, celebrities, and enjoy BBQ and happy hour specials.
This is DiveWise’s sixth year at the Blue Wild; we look forward to it every year as it’s such a fun reunion for us and all our freediver friends. See you at the Blue Wild at booth #711!