Learn how to appreciate the beauty of the underwater world at the upcoming 7th Malaysia International Dive Expo 2012, writes Teresa Yong-Leong
WANT to take up diving but not sure how to go about it? Head for the upcoming 7th Malaysia International Dive Expo (Mide) 2012 at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur from July 6-8.
Founder Ness Puvanes says divers and non-divers are invited to take part in the Be A Diver Programme.
“We want Malaysians to take up scuba diving, go into marine conservation and appreciate the treasure of the underwater world,” says Ness of its three objectives.
“We are also targeting to get one per cent of the local population to become certified divers. Currently, we have about 150,000 certified divers and we need another 50 per cent to qualify.”
A pool will be set up during the expo to give the public a taste of what it feels like to be underwater.
For RM30, visitors will be provided with a wetsuit, tank and regulator and other necessary equipment. An instructor will guide participants during the 15-minute event.
Following this, each participant will get a scuba tryout slip for the two daily lucky draws, offering scuba diving or open water courses by participating diving centres.
Children aged 8-12 can join the kid scuba training programme. Upon completion of this programme, they will become kid scuba rangers.
Visitors can also try the latest dive products from participating exhibitors such as Pinnacle, AquaLung, Mares and Tusa.
Babies are not left out. Find out how babies as young as 6 months can be taught swimming skills involving parental participation. The Lil’ Swimmers programme aims to develop a solid foundation in children to enhance their emotional, mental, social and physical development as well as help children and parents bond with each other.
There will also be a talk on Babies Can Swim? YES... In Fact They LOVE It!! by Bryan Yap of D Swim Academy.
Underwater photographers will also have a field day attending informative talks on the subject by renowned photographers.
Well-known German photographer Dietmar W. Fuchs will share his views on Art vs Photography and explain how you can make money from your hobby.
Avid diver and underwater photographer as well as author Mathieu Meur will talk on The Art Of Light in capturing the perfect shots. He will share tips on how to beat low light visibility. He was one of the early adopters and promoters of digital technology for underwater photography. Meur contributes regular columns on photography techniques to dive and photography publications.
Marine photographer Michael Aw will reveal some of the wonders beneath the sea while Nikon professional photographer Imran Ahmad will show how he captures his unique images.
Also learn more about sharks from two shark advocates, Dave Roe and Rohan Perkins. Roe, a marine conservation officer, will give a talk titled Sharks In Danger — Divers To The Rescue!
He will explain how sharks, which are in danger of becoming extinct, play a crucial role in keeping the oceans healthy.
Shark expert and conservationist Perkins will touch on Shark Conservation and the Semporna Shark Sanctuary. He has been living and working in Southeast Asia for the last 10 years and started studying sharks when he was 10. He works on spreading education and awareness on sharks and sustainable fishing to divers, tourists, local communities, NGOs and governments.
Perkins has completed certifications in marine habitats and surveys. He is a full time environmental officer based in Mabul Island, Sabah, where he manages the island’s only turtle hatchery and chairs the Mabul Marine Committee.
Details at www.mide.com.my or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.