This afternoon we got back from an exciting week out in Las Vegas for our first DEMA
show. DEMA stands for The Diving and Equipment Marketing Association and the show is a trade only affair, with media, professionals, charities, training agencies, resorts, dive shops and manufacturers all meeting under one roof. We were on assignment with Scubaverse
to report on all the news from the world of underwater photography. There was plenty to keep us occupied!
We spoke to many of the major camera housing brands while we were there to see what was new and exciting, chatted to some great underwater photographers and also brought home some equipment to test out on our next diving trip to Fiji. The show runs over 4 days and we needed every bit of that time to chat to everyone we wanted to see.
We also got some time to socialize and, having never been to Las Vegas, this was an exciting prospect too. The Mares team took us out for dinner and a show at the Wynn hotel. The show "Le Reve", meaning The Dream, was amazing, and uses 120 Mares regulators in the "pool" for the performers to use whilst they are maneuvering underwater. It was a wonderful evening. We also went to the Wetpixel party, to meet up with old friends and meet new ones. This is the party to be at during DEMA for all those involved in underwater photography. We managed to head to The Venetian on our last night to put on a bet (alas our numbers did not come up!)
Having also spent a day driving to, and along the bottom, of the Grand Canyon, I think we can safely say that we packed in as much as possible into our Las Vegas trip for DEMA. Watch out on Scubaverse
for regular news pieces from the show, as well as the reviews of the equipment. Next year the show will be in Orlando, so we will tie this trip in with visiting the Manatees of Crystal River. We cannot wait!