The TekDeck and TekPool was introduced to the Dive Show last year and proved a great success, to judge by the numbers of divers gathering in that part of the hall.
The idea was to provide a programme that would appeal not only to existing technical divers but to any Show visitors who have decided to progress in that direction or just keen to find out if it's for them. It might also appeal to those divers who are simply curious to know what happens on the dark side!
The TekDeck is co-ordinated by highly respected instructor Mark Powell, who has brought in no fewer than nine well-known names, all experts in various aspects of technical diving, to share their knowledge and experience with visitors. The full line-up will be available on this website soon.
The TekPool will be run by Lance Palmer Diving, which will be keen to encourage the trying-out of all sorts of dive-gear, including rebreathers, in the water over the weekend.


If the TekPool is strictly for existing divers, the Try-Dive Pool is for beginners only. and while there is no age limit the prospect of trying on a scuba set and taking it in the water naturally draws the younger members of visiting families.
The try-divers are as carefully supervised as they would be in the sea, and we hope they'll be inspired. One day they might look back on a long, exciting diving career and recall where it all started – in an exhibition hall near Birmingham...


Talking of trying out dive-gear, a large number of suppliers – manufacturers, distributors and retailers – have already booked stands and will be keen to show off their latest goodies.
Get an idea of those that warrant your serious scrutiny at the New Product Showcase stand near the entrance.


Among the highlights of presentations on the Centre Stage in recent years was the double act that was PhotoZone organiser Saeed Rashid with the late Nigel Wade. Saeed is preparing to go it alone in 2017 – and with his deep photographic knowledge and communication skills is eminently well-equipped to do so.

The PhotoZone offers not only an endless parade of experts dedicated to helping you to take better underwater photos and videos, but the opportunity to buy the right equipment for the job. And while you’re there, don’t forget to help out with the judging of the British Society of Underwater Photographers’ Print Competition.

DIVE 2016 post-show montage

The hall has a new, more visitor-friendly layout, but experienced Show-goers will recognise familiar landmarks.

Wander round and you’ll come across travel-themed hotspots such as the Asia-Pacific Showcase and the Caribbean Village, as well as zones populated by the main diver-training agencies. Browse, book, buy or just chat as the mood takes you.

And when you want to take the weight off your feet – and that new tank off your shoulder – head for the nearest presentation and grab a seat. You never know where that talk might lead you one day!

See a selection of photos from DIVE 2016 here