Don’t forget, the Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo celebrates its 10th anniversary next month!

The popular water sports expo, which takes place April 22-23 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida will feature exhibits, seminars, demos, marine art and more.

What began as a small charity event has evolved over the past decade and flourished into an exciting, two-day event. The Expo will exceed 65,000 square feet, host 160 exhibitors — including DeeperBlue.com — and anticipates 5,000 attendees. Highlights include seminars and exhibits on freediving, scuba, spearfishing, fishing, marine art, underwater photography and videography, paddle boarding, adventure travel, and more. There will even be a “Kids Zone” offering face painting, art classes and crab races.

The Blue Wild Expo 2017
The Blue Wild Expo 2017

A variety of celebrity speakers like TV personality Manny Puig and other experts who are a “who’s who” in the underwater worlds of freediving, spearfishing, photography, video and more will be on site.

Among the hands-on workshops slated for that weekend are: “Yoga Session,” “Lionfish Preparation and Sampling,” “Marine Art Printmaking,” “Fish Filleting Demos,” “How to Hunt Off Your SUP” and more.

Expo founder and producer Sheri Daye says:

“I’m thrilled to be celebrating our tenth anniversary this year. We strive to offer an exciting atmosphere where like-minded ocean lovers and watersport enthusiasts of all ages can meet up and socialize. I’ve crafted the expo be both educational and entertaining where attendees can learn about latest techniques and products, shop for great deals, listen to the best speakers and network with one another.”

Blue Wild Expo founder Sheri Daye hopes to bring in 5000 attendees at this year's convention.
Blue Wild Expo founder Sheri Daye hopes to bring in 5000 attendees at this year’s convention.

For marine art fans, Expo has one of the most impressive collections — from the world-renowned to the local scene with artists like Carey Chen, Don Ray, Randall Scott, Jason Mathias, and many more.

Returning exhibitors include Aqua Lung, Mares, Cressi, SEAC, PADI, Pelagic, Bass Pro, YETI, Florida Freedivers, Island Water Sports, Nautical Ventures, Wong Spearguns, and many more. Several new exhibitors including NAUI, Reef Photo and Video, and Coco View Resort will also be there.

Entry is US$20 at the door and includes a free goodie bag (while supplies last) and free entry to the Saturday night After-Party at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Courtyard Marriott. For more information, visit www.TheBlueWild.com or check out a video from last year below.

If you can’t make it to the Expo, check out DeeperBlue.com’s coverage of the event.

John Liang

John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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