Schedule of Events

Where

Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054

SFO Dive Show has a fantastic line-up of speakers, seminars, and events for the general public on Saturday April 27, 2019!  There are two events on Saturday, one from 9:30AM to 5:30PM another starts Saturday Evening at 5:30PM until 8:30PM. There is a special VIP Ticket requirement that includes the evening events. See our schedule below.  You don’t want to miss out!

Saturday April 27

General Admission and VIP Admission

General Admission
Enjoy all show events on Saturday from 9:30AM-5:30PM. There is a line up of speakers and topics below. You can also download the list of speakers and topics with rooms and time.

On the show exhibit floor there will be live music, international and local exhibitors. We will have raffles for trips and gear.

Get tickets for General Admission TICKETS HERE

VIP Admission

VIP Tickets provide admission to all Saturday daytime events that comes with General Admission plus all evening Theater Events. The Theater Event offers special discussion, film & images with three of Scuba Diving’s most talented adventurers, photographers and film makers. The nights line-up includes:

  • Amos Nachoum
  • Jason Bradley
  • Andy & Allison Sallmon
  • Howard & Michele Hall

It will be a night to remember!

Get VIP TICKETS HERE

Live Entertainment

Begins at 11AM on Exhibit Floor

Steel Drum Band 
10 AM Great America Meeting Room 1

An Unconditional Guide to Wide Angle Underwater Photography.

By Andy & Allison Sallmon Background

An Unconditional Guide to Wide Angle Underwater Photography.

Never again will you be afraid of hearing your dive guide utter that dreaded phrase: “You should’ve been here last week!”  Green water, plankton blooms, and dark skies can happen anywhere in the world, but that’s no reason not to break out your super-wide lens.  A few simple adjustments to your photographic technique will help you capture beautiful images in the most challenging conditions.

10 AM Great America Meeting Room 2

NorCal Coast- The Perfect Storm

By Bruce Watkins Photo-Journalist

How Divers Can Help Make The Ocean a Better Place
California divers are witnessing profound changes to their dive sites. We see more urchins, fewer sea stars, and dramatically less kelp. Biologists at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have dubbed this, “The Perfect Storm.” Come hear about the unprecedented changes that are occurring along the California coast, what the future may hold for us, and how you can join “citizen science” research projects and help with restoration efforts.
10 AM Great America Meeting Room 3

Aggressor Adventures

By Aggressor Fleet Captain

Aggressor Adventures
10:30 AM Demonstration Booth 1

Regulator Design & Service

By Jared Berg, Service Technician

Regulator Design & Service

The Demonstration booths offer a close up and personal view of the topics being presented. Ask questions one-on-one.

Watch as an expert service technician describes how a regulator works down to the individual parts. The presenter will identify techniques to maximize the performance of your regulator.

11 AM Great America Meeting Room 1

WE DIVE FOR THE ADVENTURE HOW TO PLAN MISSION-SPECIFIC AQUATIC ADVENTURES

By Cathryn Castle, Captain Gui Garcia

 

WE DIVE FOR THE ADVENTURE HOW TO PLAN MISSION-SPECIFIC AQUATIC ADVENTURES

There’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored. Scuba diving helps you see more of it. With just a little research you can start to map out your aquatic adventure goals. No matter what type of diving you’re interested in, veteran aquatic explorers and filmmakers Capt. Gui Garcia and Cathryn Castle Garcia can help you craft a mission-specific aquatic adventure plan that offers a lifetime of fascinating exploration.

11 am Great America Meeting Room 1

Monterey Bay Aquarium:Inspiring the next generation of ocean advocates

By James Bonovich, Manager of Public Dive Programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Inspiring the next generation of ocean advocates

 

Learn about the creation of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s guest immersion program for children and how they use exploration and adventure to inspire the next generation of ocean advocates. James will share the program’s creation and how a concept of introducing children with special needs to the benefits of Scuba diving and water therapy sparked a program that has introduced over 41,000 kids to the underwater world.

11 am Great America Meeting Room 2

Roatan

By Antonio Macado

Discover Roatan

Discover Roatan

11:30 aM Demonstration Booth 1

Underwater Photo Art

By Jason Bradley, Monterey Bay Art Studio

Underwater Photo Art
12 Noon
Great America Meeting Room 2

Underwater Production for the Giant Screen 

By Howard & Michele Hall, Wildlife Film Makers

Underwater Production for the Giant Screen

Howard and Michele Hall describe the enormous challenges in making IMAX 3D feature films using a camera system that weighs over 1,200 pounds.  Their talk will include their use of rebreathers, underwater communications, and other cutting edge technologies

12 Noon
Great America Meeting Room 3

SeaFoodWatch

By Peter Adame, Seafood Watch Engagement Coordinator at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Saving our Ocean Through Seafood

Learn tips & tricks from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program on how to make better seafood choices for a healthy ocean. Peter will share how Seafood Watch’s fisheries and aquaculture scientists develop sustainable seafood recommendations and how the program has evolved over the past 20 years.

12 Noon Great America Meeting Room 3

Cocos Island Shark Tagging

By Todd Steiner,  Turtle Island Restoration Network

Cocos Island Tagging Project

This presentation will explore Turtle Island Restoration Network’s research expeditions to Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica, where Todd Steiner and his colleagues have tagged more than 100 sea turtles and scores of sharks to demonstrate a connection for species migration between Cocos and the Galapagos Islands. The data, collected with assistance of volunteer divers as “citizen scientists,” is being used to build momentum for a protected 400mile super-highway, the Cocos-Galapagos Swimway.

12:30 PM Demonstration Booth 1

Become A Diver

By Presenter, Atributes

Become A Diver
Scuba Divers has their own lifestyle. Learn what it takes to become certified as a diver. Learn about the life of adventure over islands and continents and oceans awaits.
1 PM
Great America Meeting Room 1

Can Divers save sharks?

By David McGuire, Shark Stewards

Can divers save sharks?

Join Shark Steward’s director and shark diver David McGuire on a talk and short film “Shark Sanctuary” on diving with sharks and solutions.
Diving with sharks is a growing business worldwide, with established operations found in at least 83 locations in 29 countries. One study estimates the global value of shark dive related tourism to be worth over 300 million USD/per year and projects the growth to double within 20 years.

However, many it is estimated that over 100 million sharks are killed every year, many for their fins to supply the shark fin soup trade Living sharks provide a direct—and renewable— economic benefit for local people. They also contribute to a healthy marine environment, which is paramount to Fiji’s long-term social, cultural, and financial well-being

Todat, 15 shark sanctuaries worldwide now provide more than 7.34 million square miles (19 million square kilometers) of ocean where commercial shark fishing is banned and these important predators creatures may begin to recover from past overexploitation.

Join David McGuire and learn how divers may possibly be the best advocates to save sharks.

1 PM
Great America Meeting Room 2

Fiji

By By Micheal Brown, Beqa Lagoon Resort

Diving into Fiji

Fiji

1 pm
Great America Meeting Room 3

Adventures of Africa

By Sonja Newlands, Africa Tour

Africa - The Perfect Destination To Tick Off Your Bucket List.

Africa –  The Perfect Destination To Tick Off Your Bucket List. Africa changes you

Its name means “sunny place” in the Berber tongue, but “Africa” may as well be a synonym for “vastness.” A truly massive continent comprising over 20% of the planet’s available land, Africa is home to the world’s largest desert, its longest river, its hottest temperatures, and hundreds of dialects and cultures spread among a billion people.  What other continent in the world makes you hanker for soaring mountains, sprawling savannahs, impenetrable jungles, wild animal safaris, chaotic cities, and ancient tribes? Africa, of course! However, Africa is so much more than this stereotypical image and it’s up to you to go there to find out the whole truth! As mind-boggling as it seems at first, you’ll be amazed at how intimate it feels once you get to know it. This continent is one of the few places on the planet where you can find several species of plants and animals, including the Big Five: lion, rhino, elephant, cape buffalo, and leopard.

Africa adventure travel also means you can climb snowy Kilimanjaro, trek across the Serengeti, meet the Maasai in Tanzania, trek Mountain gorillas in Uganda, explore Wilderness and 4×4 trails, Scuba dive, explore river rafting, hiking, abseiling, snorkelling, go sandboarding on the dunes of Namibia, and many other adventures.

Explore our programs to South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and East Coast islands of Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar, Reunion island, Mauritius and Seychelles islands.

1:30 PM Demonstration Booth 1

Regulator Design & Service

By Jared Berg, Service Technician

Regulator Design & Service
The Demonstration booths offer a close up and personal view of the topics being presented. Ask questions one-on-one.

Watch as an expert service technician describes how a regulator works down to the individual parts. The presenter will identify techniques to maximize the performance of your regulator.

2PM Great America Meeting Room 1

Reef Check: Empowering Divers to Protect the Ocean

By Dania Trespalacios, Tropical Program Director

Empowering Divers to Protect the Ocean

Reef Check Foundation is a global non-profit organization working to protect tropical coral reefs and California rocky reefs.  Reef Check teams train volunteer divers to become citizen scientists that collect data for management and conservation and lead their communities as ocean ambassadors. Are you a diver interested in how you can help protect reefs around the world.

Find out how to join Reef Check teams in the Tropics and California!

2 PM
Great America Meeting Room 2

Freediving

By Iara Mandyn, Freediver, Underwater Performer, Instructor

Freediving

Freediving is about more than deep dives and competition, it’s an entirely unique way of experiencing the underwater world. Learn about the freedom of diving on your own breath, what it takes, and how to get started. Whether you’re a seasoned scuba diver or someone who’s never been diving before, freediving is a great way to increase your comfort in the water and provide opportunities from spear fishing to swimming like the mermaid you’ve always wanted to be.

2 PM Great America Meeting Room 3

Ocean Metaphors

By Cathryn Castle Garcia & Captain Gui Garcia

 

Ocean Metaphors - A Fresh New Way to See the Sea
Making a few simple changes in the way you dive can be the key to witnessing and better understanding marine animal behaviors and relationships taking place on the reef.
We’ll discuss tips and tools for enhancing your underwater experience.
2:30 PM Demonstration Booth 1

Become A Diver

By Presenter, Atributes

Become A Diver
Scuba Divers has their own lifestyle. Learn what it takes to become certified as a diver. Learn about the life of adventure over islands and continents and oceans awaits.
3 PM
Great America Meeting Room 1

Cocos Island Shark Tagging

By Todd Steiner, TIRN

Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica

This presentation will explore Turtle Island Restoration Network’s research expeditions to Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica, where Todd Steiner and his colleagues have tagged more than 100 sea turtles and scores of sharks to demonstrate a connection for species migration between Cocos and the Galapagos Islands. The data, collected with assistance of volunteer divers as “citizen scientists,” is being used to build momentum for a protected 400mile super-highway, the Cocos-Galapagos Swimway.

3 PM
Great America Meeting Room 2

Sharks of the Bay, Sharks of the Sanctuary

By David McGuire, Shark Stewards

Sharks of the Bay

What sharks live along the California central coast and in the San Francisco bay? Divers see a few local sharks but many go unseen or unnoticed. David McGuire has been surveying shark populations in the San Francisco Bay
He reads form his recent book Sharks of the San Francisco Bay and Pacific National Marine Sanctuaries, a guide on local elasmobranches. Learn about local sharks, their movements, threat s and solutions to protect them.

3 PM
Great America Meeting Room 3

Diving Monterey Bay 

By Bruce Watkins, Photo-Journalist

Dive Monterey!

Monterey has it all: sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, and a great variety of invertebrates, including some very colorful nudibranchs. Divers will find more and larger fish within the many Marine Conservation Areas. Yes, they know they are in a reserve and expect divers to yield the right-of-way. Come learn about my favorite dive sites, and what “citizen scientists” can do to make the ocean a better place.

4 PM
Great America Meeting Room 1

Public Safety Diving – Case Studies and Lessons Learned

ByTony Sung, Chief Executive Officer of CALNOC

Public Safety Diving

The Alameda and San Mateo County Dive Teams are both recognized for their exemplary work and dedication in support of providing rescue, recovery and other dive services to their respective counties as well as the state of California via mutual aide. These all volunteer teams respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and may be required to dive in the middle of the night, during inclement weather, in zero visibility “black water” or in other hazardous conditions. These teams work closely with law enforcement and may be involved in recovering evidence that is admissible in court.

 

Through real world cases, the members of these dive teams will present and discuss some very unique missions that they have been involved in, the unique challenges that the mission presented, how they dealt with these challenges and lessons learned for the future.

4 PM
Great America Meeting Room 2

USX: Veterans making a positive impact in STEM fields

By Anesti Vega, Director of Operations for USX

USX

U.S. Expeditions & Explorations (USX) is a non-profit with the mission to enable the U.S. military community to impact STEM fields by conducting adventurous, scientific research across the globe. We provide active-duty service members and veterans the opportunity to leverage their skills and experience, and continue their sense of purpose with training in standardized scientific research and data collection protocols to support the scientific community. Our research focused expeditions collect measurable, valuable and impactful data that helps make informed decisions in science and conservation efforts.USX

4 PM
Great America Meeting Room 3

Total Immersion 

By Erena Shimoda

Total Immersion Has the Power to Remind Us of Who We Really Are
 
Extensive research shows that when the human body is totally immersed in water, many physiological
changes promote physical and emotional healing. Other studies show that taking part in creative activity
improves mental health, self-esteem, self-confidence, well-being, and resilience. Underwater transformative photography
has broad therapeutic potential, yet it remains an underused modality. The keys to expanded use include education and outreach to clinicians, support groups, and those who
suffer from or have survived trauma-related depression, anxiety, stress, and body image issues.