The crowds were big and the enthusiasm electric at the 10th Annual Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo. Held on Saturday and Sunday, April 22 & 23 at the Broward County Convention Center, this dive show had everything for the underwater enthusiast. Included were over 150 vendors displaying marine art, apparel, photography, dive equipment, spearguns, Ocean Kayaks, boats and Stand up Paddle Boards. The Chiefy crew even had the opportunity to sell and autograph both Catching the Bug-2nd Edition and Catching the Spear-it as part of the dive author section. This has become the country’s premier dive show as audiences are drawn from around the world to participate and attend.
Throughout both days, there were a variety of seminars and workshops to keep the audience entertained and informed. These ranged from the U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue team telling survivor stories to wildlife biologist and photographer Chris Gillette known for his work on the television show “Gator Boy” discussing predator photography.
One of the highlights of the show is the raffle held at the end of each day. A tremendous amount of dive gear including fins, masks, spearguns, and even artwork were given away with the proceeds benefiting several charities. These include Twin Palms, Wounded Warrior Project and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
But it’s organizer and founder Sheri Daye who’s the star of the event. She is a multiple spearfishing record holder as well as host of the television show Speargun Hunter. Sheri has been a strong advocate for the dive community and I consider her a friend as well as a fellow member of the South Florida Spearfishing Club. This event is all about reuniting with many friends and creating new ones. Almost every area dive shop and charter business is a vendor, so it’s an opportunity for the dive community to get together.
Next year’s expo will be held again at the Broward County Convention Center on April 14 &15, 2018, so be sure to schedule a visit around that time to include The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure.