Whilst walking about we also decide to enter every competition we could, to try and win some free gear or a holiday but unfortunately I am still waiting on my email to tell we that I have won (although one of the team did!)
All of the suppliers that we spoke to were all really helpful and even let you try out their gear where possible to give you a good idea of how it works. At the back of the hall there was two large temporary swimming pools that had been constructed for the show in order to allow non divers to get a taste of what diving is all about and the second pool was for try dives on rebreathers which I was very tempted by but unfortunately I left all my swim gear at home, so I would have to wait till next time.
However it has to be said that by the end of the talk I left with a completely new found respect and outlook for the work that she carries out. I sat down at the back of the talk with my dad and uncle (who were also of the same mindset as myself) so as I couldn’t be seen laughing at the ridiculousness of what I was about to listen too, when she first came on to the stage we were unable to contain our laughter as she was carried on dressed in a full mermaid costume with a great big long tail and for the first part of her talk the sniggering continued when she was showcasing her YouTube series 'mermaid minute' which looked at describing a particular sea creature on each episode.
It was after this that our outlook changed as she played a video showcasing the work that she does for the make a wish foundation and the UK equivalent Rays Of Sunshine. Rather than waffle on here about it, I have provided a link to the video she showcased so that you can see for yourself the amazing work that she does for these children. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsYrx70X0Xs
So although we went for a laugh and a joke our outlook had completely changed by the time we left her talk and although it sounds very cliché, it was a stern reminder of the moral of never judging a book by its cover. Which In this case we did and was proven to be very wrong indeed.
Club Member and Trainee DiveMaster