95. An update on the Boston Sea Rovers 2022 Show plus Wet Notes news and information update

The PADI Club trip to Key Largo in Florida was a great success with about 30 divers making three great stops in Key Largo, Islamorada, and Key West.

The Florida Keys Tourism Council has put out a new video – “Dive Safely in the Florida Keys featuring Steven Frink and Dan Dawson.

There is a new dive operator in South Maui – Island Style Diving. Javier and Christina Cantellops have purchased Mike Severns Diving and the boat Pilikai.

Where is the dive industry going. One report tells us that equipment sales is expected to grow over the next three years but at the same time another report shows that diver participation is dropping as compared to other outdoor water sports.

The Boston Sea Rovers 68th Annual Clinic was held on October 1 and 2, 2022. The pre-clinic workshops started on Friday September 30 along with an exhibitor appreciation cocktail party, the Boston Sea Rovers Intern benefit dinner and the speakers cocktail party.

Saturday and Sunday featured two full days of seminars covering shipwrecks, maritime history, exotic places, sharks and underwater photography. The exhibit floor featured a range of destinations, training agencies and equipment vendors.

The main event is the Saturday night film festival. This year Chuck Davis served as the master of ceremonies and was also named the Boston Sea Rovers Diver of the Year. The award was presented by Brian Skerry and Bob Ballard who zoomed into the film festival from the research vessel, M/V Nautilus somewhere in the Pacific. Also featured in the film festival were Joel Penner, Jim and Pat Stayer, Keith Ellenbogen and Tara Roberts. Chuck also presented a tribute to one of his mentors, Ernie Brooks.

The Boston Sea Rovers is switching back to its traditional March timeframe in 2024. The plan is to have a film festival in 2023 to keep the streak going at 69 and then in 2024 the show will pick back up with the 70th anniversary.