Visitors to the three-day expo can look forward to lots of exciting activities, writes Hanna Hussein
MALAYSIA International Dive Expo (MIDE) 2012 is making a splash again this year with plenty of surprises for divers.
The 7th MIDE is expected to be the most happening yet.
Speakers from Australia, Singapore, Germany, Denmark, New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia and France will be conducting a series of seminars on underwater photography, conservation, baby swimming and marine talk for schools as part of efforts to promote water-related activities.
Participants will also enjoy a more interactive experience as they will be able to communicate with the speakers directly at the meet-and-greet session.
The event will be even more exciting with the inclusion of art and fashion-related activities.
A Dive Product Fashion Show will show off the latest wet suits, tank holders, regulators, dive computers and dive watches.
Dive equipment from leading brands such as Mares, Aqualung, Scubapro, Sherwood, Pinnacle, Poseidon and Bare will also be on display and on sale at various booths.
Visitors who buy products worth more that RM300 will be entitled to a lucky draw offering prizes worth RM80,000.
Other highlights of the three-day event include the Art Zone Gallery featuring graffiti artists such as Donald Abraham, Orkibal, Azeem, Bone and Katun. Visitors can also get their name scripted in special calligraphy artwork of marine life by Imad.
Marine life ornaments made from beads, sculptures of underwater motives and oil paintings of the deep ocean will also be showcased, and up for sale.
There will also be a scuba pool tryout to cater for non-divers through the Be A Diver programme.
Children will also get a chance to take part in the programme under Kids Scuba Rangers designed specially for them.
Since MIDE’s establishment in 2006, it has continued to promote Malaysian waters as among Asia’s best diving spots as well as cultivate a growing number of divers.
The expo will be held from tomorrow until Sunday at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur. It is open from 10am to 7pm.
Admission fee is RM3 for adult and free for visitors below 17 years old. For details, visit www.mide.com.my.