/associations/1017/files/iStock_XSmall_VoterButton.jpgCareer Fair Strived to Increase the Number of Youth Who Enter the Dive Industry
As an addition to DEMA Show 2013, held November 6-9, 2013 in Orlando, FL, DEMA brought back their Deep Ambitions Career Fair. The objective of the career fair was to expose local youth to career options affiliated with the marine environment and to provide those on the verge of choosing a career path with additional options involving diving. The Career Fair was a huge success with over 150 students from two local schools attending the two-day event.
“DEMA realizes that encouraging the younger generation to get involved in diving is vital to the future of the Industry, its business and the marine environment,” commented Tom Ingram, Executive Director of DEMA. “Hosting a Career Fair at DEMA Show was a wonderful way to energize teachers, expose students to a host of positive career role models, tie academic skills to people who actually use them and involve parents and the community in recreational diving as well as in their child’s school. We will continue to host Career Fairs in the future that will give students a forum wherein they can learn more about the opportunities affiliated within the marine environment and diving.”
The two-day Career Fair involved students participating in two full days of experiential learning about the underwater world and the opportunities related to diving careers. Brian Zollweg, father to one of the middle schoolers who attended the Career Fair, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity for his son and how the Fair " was a really inspiring and educational experience for him... He is in Boy Scouts and is now interested in earning the BSA Scuba award and merit badge." High school students were even given the chance to try diving in the Be A Diver Pool right on the DEMA Show floor. Members of the Be A Diver staff were on site at the Pool to provide assistance to the students, and provide a memorable first-time experience.
DEMA would like to thank Industry influencers Martin Stepanel, Rogest, Wyland, the staff from Infinite Scuba and REEF and Reefmakers for volunteering their time to interact and educate the students about the underwater environment.
DEMA will continue to host Career Fairs throughout 2014, as a source for students interested in exploring their aquatic career options in greater depth. For more information visit www.dema.org.