I flew in from England on Thursday night before the weekend of the Sea Rovers Conference. I got up early for the COMS (Career Opportunities in Marine Science) day. I really enjoyed the broad variety of speakers at this event. I was always interested in marine biology as a child, and the school groups that attended were very lucky to attend this presentation.
Amy and Terrence from the Cambrian Foundation gave a presentation about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and gave an overview of opportunities for students to get involved with cave explorations and scientific diving.
That evening, I went to the Friday night party, where I was formally introduced to many other Sea Rovers and friends of the Sea Rovers. I also learnt a lot about the rituals and traditions of the Sea Rovers that night.
Saturday morning, I drove up to Danvers where the Sea Rovers exposition takes place. The show fills the hotel. I was really impressed by the scale. In addition to the exhibit hall, there was an exhibition filled with diving relics and three rooms for presentations. I spent most of the day at presentations.
I attended the film festival on Saturday night, where I watched beautiful footage shot by some of the best underwater videographers in the field.
I spent Sunday going through the exposition hall, and watched a few more presentations. I wrapped up the show with J.P. Sullivan’s presentation on his internship last year. His experiences were very interesting, and I am very excited to be presenting my own experiences next year.
I was very tired when I left on Sunday evening. I went straight to the airport, and flew back to England.
I really enjoyed my time at the Sea Rovers show. It was my first dive show, and I met a lot of really fascinating people and had a great time. I can’t wait for next year.