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RebreatherDave
01-08-2007, 12:33 AM
I hear this is a great regional show scheduled for February 9-11th.

A list of their workshops can be found here (http://www.ourworldunderwater.com/In-Depth-Workshops.aspx)

hbh2oguard
01-11-2007, 08:39 AM
Where is it located?

Sarah
01-11-2007, 08:44 AM
Chicago, which about that time will be quite cold!

Zaffy
01-11-2007, 06:43 PM
I'll be there.

Sarah
02-12-2007, 05:18 AM
ScubaMagazine Staff had an opportunity to attend the 2007 OWU show and we wanted to share some photos of the event with our readers.

Chicago at the time happened to be about 5 degrees F during the day, so it was quite cold! Luckily the hotel was just across the street and the convention center had a coat check and the central heating worked great!

The show was quite well attended. Below is a photo of a dive shop that specializes in wreck diver suppplies, and of course they were all decked out in Halcyon equipment.
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One particular booth that was interesting was Flashback Scuba that had a whole host of original Cousteau dive equipment. They had acquired some of the original molds and made new fiberglass shells to go over the original Cousteu multi-tank rigs shown below.
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p53/iDiveChick/Cousteu-booth-2.gif

Upon close inspection the left side of the backpack had a shark prod stick that had a compass on one end and a dive knive inserted up the bore of the bottom. If you ever want to know what Cousteau's diver's backpacks looked like inside, wait no more!
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p53/iDiveChick/cousteau-rig-inside.gif

For underwater photographers and videographers, equipment manufacturers were in good attendance. Shown here is Amphibico's International Sales & Marketing Director Joe Bendahan and colleague Mathew Rousel showing off their new final version of their HiDefinition external widescreen monitor. Of note was the changed bracket that affixes it much more firmly yet allows better and smoother rotation.
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p53/iDiveChick/Amphibico-booth.gif

Mares had their new X-Vision LiquidSkin mask on display that uses a dual compound silicone. They say it is guaranteed not to leave the typical huge red series of marks on your face, yet seals better. 45% softer yet 270% more elastic silicone material is used for the layer that seals against your face, and the 30% firmer silicone portion is the part that interfaces with the mask frame yet does nto contact the divers face. Shown below is Mares Sales Planning Manager Julie O'Hara showing Keith Cormican of Wazee Sports Center the new Liquidskin mask.
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p53/iDiveChick/Mares.gif

Rebreathers were representd by DiveRite showing their Optima, and Silent Diving Systems below is showing an Evolution to an attendee who is management for a great dive resort in Cozumel. In case you wanted to know, he ordered an Evo on the spot!
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p53/iDiveChick/SDS.gif

Shown below is an Aqualung staff member setting up a future diver to put on the separate weight pouches in a timed event. The little guy did it in 8 seconds, the 3rd fastest of the show at the time.
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p53/iDiveChick/Aqyalung-futurediver.gif

Events included a Friday evening Film Festival that has really beautiful films by Annie Crawley and Saturday evening had a keynote film presentation by Stan Waterman and the authors of Shadow Divers.

There were too many seminars and workshops to mention, but the presentations on the tropical dive locations were enough to make you call your credit card company and have them raise the limit to the "Stun" setting.

Zero
02-12-2007, 07:40 AM
Love the old Cousteaus. A mate of mine has an original that still works but only just. Would be awesome to get out and have a go at one just to see how they compare.
So whats the itinerary for the year ahead now theres all these new tropical destinations?:) And a maxed out card.:mad: Need a buddy?:D

Matt

seasnake
02-12-2007, 06:41 PM
Never been to a large dive show like that before ... thanks for the pics! :)

amtrosie
02-13-2007, 03:11 PM
How in the world do you convince yourself that diving is a thought when the thermometer has a death grip on "0" degrees (-15 C)??????

Zero
02-14-2007, 03:26 AM
Isnt it the post dive alcohol that thaws you out?

Matt

Diverdaniel
03-19-2007, 12:16 AM
Isnt it the post dive alcohol that thaws you out?

Matt

well said Matt :D

DrBill
03-29-2007, 03:05 AM
"Old Cousteau's?" Heck, I actually was on board when some of that gear was used. What does that make me (don't say it)?

Zero
03-29-2007, 09:02 AM
"Old Cousteau's?" Heck, I actually was on board when some of that gear was used. What does that make me (don't say it)?

F**CKEN LUCKY and ENVIABLE:eek:

Matt

santelmo
04-29-2007, 03:19 PM
"Old Cousteau's?" Heck, I actually was on board when some of that gear was used. What does that make me (don't say it)?

uhh well experienced? wiser? :D

i like the new Mares Liquid-skin mask... :o