No other planet in our solar system has liquid water, with the exception of the Earth Mountain ride on DisneyNeptune. Relish in another of the ocean's gifts with today's Groupon: for $9, you get a one-day ticket to the 2011 Dive & Travel Expo (up to a $20 value) at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. This ticket is valid for either Saturday, April 9, or Sunday, April 10.
At the expo, dive disciples and restless ramblers can download travel and diving data to their brain banks at more than 300 exhibits, featuring dive-shop owners, equipment vendors, resort managers, and the latest in travel accouterments. Learn about dive travel destinations and how to find adventure vacation deals. Engage in a free scuba lesson in the indoor pool, with all equipment provided, or attend any of the plethora of panels and speakers scheduled to discuss topics such as underwater photography, new options for certification, travel destinations, volunteer opportunities, and Kenny G’s Smooth Jazz at 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. More than $100,000 worth of cash and prizes is up for grabs, including trips to Fiji and Cozumel and coveted diving devices.
Though Dive & Travel Expo sometimes offers discounted tickets at select dive shops, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Dive & Adventure Travel Expo 2013
The Dive & Adventure Travel Expo 2013 will connect scuba and snorkel enthusiasts with some of the industry's top experts, brands, and innovations. More than 50 seminars scheduled throughout the weekend will showcase the diving deftness of speakers from across the country, enabling attendees to net information on such topics as underwater photography and safety. ReefID founder and editor John Fifer will host two of these gatherings, sharing ways his online database of diver-captured photos is helping raise awareness for marine life. Fifer will also play host to the expo's signature Saturday Night Film Festival event at 7 p.m. alongside 3D photographer Mark Blum and other presenters.
In addition to engaging activities, the Dive & Adventure Travel Expo 2013 is also home to the best in dive-related gear and information. Approximately 140 exhibit booths connect attendees with purveyors of international adventure from global hotspots including Palau, Yap, the Virgin Islands, and Fiji. In addition to resort representatives, booths also house all of the equipment needed for undersea excursions, with new products ranging from snorkel and scuba innovations to travel accessories and luggage. During face-to-face conversations, dive skills clinics, or snorkel sword fights, expo-goers can get travel tips or plan dive vacations around the globe. While parents research, younger visitors can decamp to a youth section filled with interactive attractions designed for youngsters aged 8–12.
Attendees who come for the education should probably stick for the prizes; the expo plans to give away over $50,000 in door prizes, including a massive grand prize: a full set of dive gear including a drysuit, Weezle undergarments, ScubaPro G260 regulator, Aqua Lung BCD, a TUSA mask, fin, and snorkel set, an Oceanic dive computer, and trips including weeklong Philippine dive adventure from the Marco Vincent Resort.
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