Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Author’s Corner at DEMA Show

Ever dreamt of meeting and talking to your favorite authors, hearing about their exploits and encounters, and purchasing your own signed copies of their books? Now you can at DEMA Show 2019 with the Author's Corner, taking place in DEMA Central, Booth 1561. Meet with the following authors during their scheduled times below:

Ghost River
Wednesday, 12:00-12:30 PMThursday, 12:00-12:30 PMFriday, 12:00-12:30 PM
Book Description:Gabe Jones is not like most underwater criminal investigators―he talks to the dead and the dead talk back. In this crime-thrilling suspense novel, Gabe dives into a watery world of crime and corruption as a paranormal experience helps him uncover the grisly truth of his partner’s death.
After losing his trooper partner Charlie in a recovery dive, Gabe Jones is not prepared for what he discovers when he attempts to investigate the scene of Charlie’s death. In the mirky waters of the Florida panhandle, Gabe questions his partner’s departed spirit and uncovers an underwater graveyard, along with a dire warning that more deaths are coming if he doesn’t stop the killer. In a race against time, the underwater spirits lead him to the incriminating evidence he needs to expose the killer. But when his investigation is discovered, he puts Charlie’s family at risk. Will he have what it takes to outwit his adversaries, save Charlie’s daughter, and expose the killer, all while navigating the tumultuous waves of relationships he finds himself in above water?

Face to Face: Up Close with Mother Nature
Friday, 3:00-3:30 PM
Book Description:Face to Face - Up Close with Mother Nature is a collection of wildlife author and photographer Al Hornsby's most exciting underwater and topside wildlife encounters, as captured through his camera and words. Organized into The Americas; Africa; and Asia and the Pacific sections, the color and B&W images, most shot at very close range, feature sharks, whales, crocodiles, grizzly bears, leopards, cobras and many more of nature's most lovely and exciting creatures. Key photographs are accompanied by Al's first-person impressions of the encounters that led to the images, which share his feelings and emotions during those oft-times intense, face-to-face moments. According to the author, "For the big animals - big carnivores in particular - it's my hope the book's images and real-life stories can show that their fearsome reputations as 'blood-thirsty man eaters' are the products of myth and too little real information; that they are instead majestic and beautiful, usually too timid or wary to be approached at all, and even if they show interest in us, it's generally merely simple curiosity. This aside, they play critical roles in virtually all our planet's ecosystems, and they need to be protected. Hopefully, Face to Face can do its small part in communicating just what is at stake should we ultimately fail to adequately respond."

The Airplane Graveyard: The Forgotten WWII Warbirds of Kwajalein Atoll
Friday 2:00-2:30 PM      
Book Description:Extraordinary images, never before published in book form, of the forgotten American WWII Airplanes at the bottom of the Kwajalein Atoll lagoon, from award-winning underwater photographer Brandi Mueller.
At the end of WWII, around 150 American airplanes, all veterans of the Pacific war, were dumped in the lagoon of Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. A master diver and superb underwater photographer, Brandi Mueller has dived to depths of 120 feet to capture rare images of these forgotten war birds, many looking as if they could still take off and return to the war-torn skies at any moment.
Encrusted in coral, these haunting aircraft are now home to a colorful array of tropical Pacific marine life, including fish, turtles, and even the occasional shark. Discover the stories of these historic aircraft, their heroic role in the Pacific Theater of WWII, and how and why they ended up here.
In The Airplane Graveyard, Brandi takes you below the ocean’s surface to discover the forgotten remains of Douglas SBD Dauntless, Vought F4U Corsair, Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, Curtiss C-46 Commando, Grumman F4F Wildcats, Grumman TBF Avengers, and an astounding eleven PBJ-1 Mitchell Medium Bombers. The haunting images are accompanied by a text that includes a historical account of the aircraft by military historian Alan Axelrod.

The Ring Finder - How To Make A Profit With Your Metal Detector
Wednesday, 3:00-3:30 PMThursday, 3:00-3:30 PM
Book Description:
Ring finding is one of the most exciting and fascinating hobbies for today's metal detectorists. And if you know what to do, it can be quite lucrative. Written by professional treasure hunter and accomplished ring finder, Steve Zazulyk, this book will walk you through how to take an enjoyable hobby and turn it into a profitable gratuity-based service. Beginners to well-seasoned detectorists will learn what equipment to use, which techniques work best, and how to distinguish the sound of gold from other metals. You will be equipped with the knowledge to navigate through each situation, from advertising your service and growing your client base, to locating the ring, capturing the "moment," and receiving your gratuity. This book is a great resource for the soon-to-be treasure hunters and for those wanting to expand their ring finding skills.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

DEMA Announces Diving Community Champion Awards Recipients

** Diving Community Champion Awards will be presented during the DEMA Membership Meeting held at DEMA Show 2019**
DEMA is proud to announce the Diving Community Champions Honorees for 2019!
Congratulations to 2019 Diving Community Champion Award Recipients:
ScubaRadio is a radio talk show with a diving theme and provides the forum to connect divers and listeners over stories about the perfect dive, destination, or encounter with some amazing sea creature. ScubaRadio covers all aspects of diving, including the best dive sites, dive gear, live-aboards, shark diving, and much more. Every week thousands of listeners are tuning into ScubaRadio via radio stations scattered throughout the US.
Save Our Leatherbacks Operation (S.O.L.O.) started in 2002 and first focused on the critically endangered Leatherback Sea Turtle. Working on a remote nesting beach in Papua, Indonesia, in partnership with a local subsistence village, S.O.L.O. met its goal to significantly increase this sea turtle’s hatching rate.  More recently, additional marine environmental projects within S.O.L.O.’s foundation structure have focused on clean up campaigns which have spawned more local community activity to help reduce marine litter.
2019 Silver Winner: Deep Sea Valkyries
Founded in 2014, Deep Sea Valkyries utilizes recreational scuba diving as an alternative form of therapy to injured veterans as a method to combat veteran suicide and enhance lives post-service. The veterans who participate in the program show a marked improvement in their quality of life and mental health. Since completing the program, past participants have gone back to school, given back to their community and other veterans through volunteer work, checked themselves into inpatient programs to get clean of the myriad of medications prescribed by the VA, and most importantly, continued to dive.
A complete list of finalists and their nomination submissions can be found online here.
DEMA’s objectives in creating this program include recognizing DEMA Member companies who are giving back to their communities and society through recreational diving and making these community efforts known to the general public.  DEMA Members could view the nominees and cast their votes through
The Diving Community Champion Awards will be presented during the DEMA Membership Meeting held at DEMA Show 2019 on November 14, 2019.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

DEMA Launches Mentorship Program

Just in time for participants to meet face-to-face during DEMA Show, DEMA is launching a new Mentorship Program.  Any current DEMA Member may participate in this program designed to help diving industry mentors and mentees learn from each other.
This Mentorship Program epitomizes DEMA’s Mission; to bring businesses together to grow the diving industry worldwide and celebrates the wealth of mentoring experience available in the company of DEMA Members.
Mentoring is a proven way to provide learning and development to both parties.  In the diving industry, many new professionals are seeking ways to navigate a career path in the industry that allows them to make a living while embracing a unique lifestyle. Seasoned diving professionals understand the need to adopt a succession plan for the industry that brings in new and excited professionals with great ideas and unique skills.  Veterans of the industry can help guide new professionals through many of the obstacles they may encounter on their professional journey, while these veterans also learn new skills in the areas of technology, social media, and more.
The Mentorship Program was conceived, in part, by the DEMA “Emerging Leaders” Task Force established at the beginning of 2019.  Working for more than five months on the logistics and administration of the program, this group of new professionals helped develop criteria based on the needs of those coming into the industry, and knowing that seasoned professionals are also interested in making sure the diving industry survives and thrives in the future. 
Mentees in the program are DEMA Members who are “new professionals” in the industry, regardless of age.  “New professionals” are defined as those who have been professionals in the recreational diving industry for five years or less. Any qualified DEMA Member new professional can apply to be a mentee if they are willing to participate within the structure and rules of the program.  Not all those who apply will be immediately matched.
Mentors are any DEMA Member volunteer from any of DEMA’s stakeholder groups, willing to serve within the structure and rules of the program. Through DEMA’s Mentorship Program Committee, selected mentors will be matched to mentees based on the interests and goals of both.  Owing to the matching process, not all those who apply will be immediately selected as mentors.
HOW DOES IT WORK? The process is simple: Mentors and mentees complete an application and submit it to DEMA’s Mentorship Committee for review.  All applicants are invited to the inaugural luncheon at DEMA Show, where the program will be introduced.  The Mentorship Program begins following DEMA Show 2019. 
INTERESTED? Download DEMA’s Mentorship Participation Handbook and apply online to participate as a mentor or mentee. Selected participants are required to commit to the rules of the Mentorship Program, but there are no fees to DEMA for applying or participating.  Applicants should plan to attend the inaugural luncheon conducted at DEMA Show on November 16, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Start Planning for DEMA Show with the Mobile App

Enhance your DEMA Show experience with the DEMA Show 2019 Mobile App, now available for download! Look-up Exhibitors, create your own schedule, connect with other Attendees and MUCH MORE! 

The DEMA Show 2019 Mobile App is a native application for iPad, smartphones (iPhone and Android), a hybrid web-based app for Blackberry, and there's also a web-based version of the application for all other web browser-enabled phones. 

If you already have the DEMA Show Mobile App with the 2018 app open, go to settings and tap "Exit to Show List". Choose DEMA Show 2019 then tap download.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Voting Now Open for the 2019 Wave Makers Award

Voting for the 2019 Wave Makers Award is now open to DEMA Members! The Wave Makers Award 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 deadline to vote is 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time on November 8, 2019. 
Learn more about the nominee finalists and cast your vote today!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Vote for the 2019 Diving Community Champion Award

DEMA's new Diving Community Champion Award recognizes DEMA Member companies using diving to benefit their communities and the public. Nominations have been submitted and now it's YOUR turn to vote!

The deadline to vote for the business YOU think deserves to be honored as this year's Diving Community Champion is 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time on October 18, 2019.

The Diving Community Champion Awards will presented during the DEMA Membership Meeting held at DEMA Show 2019 on November 14, 2019.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Captain Spencer Slate and Armand “Zig” & JoAnn Zigahn to Receive DEMA’s 2019 Reaching Out Award

** Honorees to be Recognized at the 2019 DEMA Awards Party **
 The Diving Equipment and Marketing Association is pleased to announce that Captain Spencer Slate and Armand “Zig” & JoAnn Zigahn are the 2019 Reaching Out Award recipients and the newest inductees to DEMA’s Hall of Fame. The Dive Industry will celebrate at the 31st annual DEMA Award’s Partytaking place in Orlando, FL on November 15, 2019, to honor these recipients and reveal this year’s recipient of the Wave Makers Award. Join us at this year’s 80’s inspired eveningas we honor these outstanding members of the diving community.
First presented in 1989, DEMA’s Reaching Out Award honors members of the diving community whose significant contributions to the sport have elevated the industry on all levels. This year’s recipients will be joining an extraordinary list of distinguished past Honorees.
CAPTAIN SPENCER SLATE has spent over forty years dedicating his time and resources to grow the sport of diving. During his career, he served as the Scuba Training Director of the Jacksonville, Florida YMCA Scuba Program and the National Chairman of the YMCA Scuba Program, as well as on the BOD of NAUI.  “Slate” later moved to Key Largo and opened Captain Slate’s Dive Center which is still in operation.
Always community minded, Slate is founder and past president of the Florida Association of Dive Operators and served on the local Advisory Committee for the Tourism Development Council.  He served 28 years on the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, where he was chair three times. Slate also served on the original Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Committee that mapped out the new Florida Keys NMS for the entire 2900 square miles of the keys, ensuring by his work that Keys Charter Boat Dive operators would continue to have diver access to the entire sanctuary. Slate also spearheaded the Spiegel Grove artificial reef project in the keys.  The Grove was sunk in Key Largo on May 2002 and at the time became the largest shipwreck sunk for diving.
In 2004, Slate was inducted into the International SCUBA Diving Hall of Fame for his leadership in pioneering dive resort safety operations for stores, boats and crews worldwide.
Captain Slate continues to be a community leader in his local and international diving communities. His efforts have helped grow the sport and ensure our underwater world will be accessible and enjoyed by generations to come.
ARMAND “ZIG” AND JOANN ZIGAHN have dedicated their careers and lives to improving the sport of scuba diving through what is today, forty-four years later, thought by many to be the largest consumer oceans exposition, dive and travel show in America: Beneath the Sea. The auspices of Beneath the Sea supported the Zigahns' extensive efforts to educate the public and expose young people to careers in the aquatic sciences.
Since the start of the show, the Zigahns have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to assist in launching and continuously supporting many of the environmental organizations well known today. For thirty-three years, Ocean Pals and their program - education through art - has worked with international and national schools providing ocean-themed curriculum and offering incentives to schools and children to participate. Their Marine Careers Day program, held annually for the last thirteen years at Beneath the Sea, has helped expose young people to the potential careers in the diving industry. Adding to this totemic support of diving’s future; they continuously raise money to provide eighteen student scholarships and grants each year.  In the early 2000s, the Zigahns contributed to the creation of a large aquarium for the education, engagement, and distraction of the seriously ill children who populate the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. Involving young adults from the Sea of Tomorrow Society (a group of up and coming divers involved with the Beneath the Sea show) they annually pledge the support necessary to sustain the dynamics of this demonstrated aid to the healing process.
The Zigahns' life work has touched the lives of many throughout the international diving community while providing countless opportunities for young people. Such efforts encourage others, create visions, stir the blood, and bring new members into the diving community.
DEMA congratulates Captain Spencer Slate and Armand “Zig” & JoAnn Zigahn for their exemplary, life-long service to our Industry.
Join the industry in celebration of the 2019 Reaching Out Award recipients at the DEMA Awards Party! Get your tickets when you register for DEMA Show as prices will increase after October 14th and are only available while supplies last. Additional information about the 2019 DEMA Awards Party including ticket pricing and event details are available on the DEMA Show website. For sponsorship opportunities and VIP reserved seating for tables of 10, please contact Colleen Vasquez at