Ever year Paris is home to one of the biggest and most exciting dive shows in the world, and I’m not just saying that because of my French influence! With over 400 exhibitors, ranging from far flung destinations such as French Polynesia, to the Navy frogmen and world champion free divers, this is certainly not a show to miss! Despite recent events, the Parisians were out in force and the hall was packed, with lots of laughter, enthusiasm and talent.
The show is a chance for people to sell, meet and educate but primarily is just great fun for any diving or travel enthusiasts. The Manta Trust took this opportunity, in partnership with french NGO Longitude 181, to reach out to the public about manta and mobula ray conservation. I was able to help out on the stand, talking to passers by about our goals, getting signatures for the “Devils in Distress” campaign (read about it here!) and selling some awesome rash vests! We were happy with the results, getting lots of signatures and donations towards the Manta Trust research. There was above all an overwhelming demand for the “Bubbles” manta ray plush toys!
Many huge brands of diving equipment were also present at the show, such as Nauticam (the underwater camera housings I use, have a drool at their kit here ), Aqualung and rEvo Rebreathers to name a few.
A couple of highlights and interesting points:
-Very cool project called iBubble being backed by Guillaume Nery, (an incredibly talented world free diving champion: watch his awesome music video for Beyonce and Naughty Boy ). The iBubble project itself is basically an underwater drone (mini submarine with a camera), controlled from your wrist during the dive, which is able to film you, your buddies and basically your whole dive! I can see a lot of scope for this technology in future projects, beyond the obvious “selfie” application. Can’t wait to get a chance to try it out!
-There is also new dive shop in Toulouse called "OK Plongée" for all those interested. They were extremely friendly at the show and had some fantastic deals. I bought a full new set of Miflex hoses.
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