72. Listen to my recap of the Dive Equipment Marketing Association 2021 Show plus Wet Notes updates you on some new products

Is there a blood test on the way to detect DCS? Research is ongoing but how close is it?

Shearwater has now indicated that production has been halted on the Perdix dive computers along with the Peregrine (they use the same screen). According to Simon Morris from Shearwater it may be March 2022 before they are again shipping the computers.

Stream2Sea will be offering a new sunscreen in 2022. It is being branded as An Everyday Sunscreen with Eco-Safe Zinc. This is a great new product that is absolutely reef safe.

Diving Unlimited International is about to release a redesign of their DuoTherm undergarment.

Need to take your car key fob diving and want it to be safe, then look at DRYFOB.

The Dive Equipment Marketing Association – DEMA 2021 Show was an outstanding success (in my opinion). Despite all of the headwinds and challenges and negativity from may, DEMA persevered and produced the show. It was what the scuba diving industry needed.

I connected with Tom Ingram, the president and CEO of DEMA. He is cautiously optimistic about the future. He recognized this year as challenging but with the commitment of the board of directors, they forged ahead.

The full slate of seminars was outstanding. They covered a wide range of sales, marketing, leadership and motivational topics. This access is a tremendous value.

The exhibit floor was noticeably smaller but what lacked in quantity made up in quality. The exhibitors were easily accessible and able to spend time to really have a great dialog.

You just can’t beat the networking opportunities.

DEMA is an association that is critical to our business and we all need to think of what the future of the show will be – not what it was.