Virtual reality diving takes centre stage – Scuba Diver Mag

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You don’t even need to get your hair wet at this weekend’s GO Diving Show to dive beneath the surface of our oceans – there are not one, but two, virtual reality stations where you can experience being underwater from the comfort of dry land.

Don the headset at the VR station in Hall 1 and get hold of the controls, then prepare to descend beyond 70m to explore an ancient shipwreck in all of its glory.

In Hall 2, there is one of the new arrivals for the 2024 show – a dual VR dive simulator. Yes, you and a buddy can climb aboard and venture off on a range of underwater adventures, including deep dives into ocean trenches, amazing drift dives, stunning night dives and much more.

The virtual reality stations are just one of several interactive elements suitable for all of the family at the GO Diving Show, which returns to the NAEC Stoneleigh at Stoneleigh Park this weekend.

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Ross Kemp explores a shipwreck through virtual reality

The GO Diving Show

The GO Diving Show returns to the NAEC at Stoneleigh Park, near Kenilworth, on 2-3 March, this time taking in all three halls and expanding to 10,000 sq metres of exhibition space.

As well as the Main Stage, there are also dedicated stages for UK diving, technical diving, underwater photography and inspirational tales, plus the ever-popular Cave, the giant trydive pool. and, new for 2024, an interactive bouldering wall and a dual VR diving simulator so you and your ‘buddy’ can venture off ‘underwater’ together, all scattered among an ever-increasing array of stands from tourist boards, manufacturers, training agencies, resorts, liveaboards, dive centres, retailers and much more.

Tickets, which are valid for the entire weekend and include complementary parking, are available now, priced at £25.

Scuba Diver magazine subscribers receive a special discounted rate (£11.68), and those who have completed a Discover Scuba Diver session, or an open water/advanced open water (or equivalent – see website for full list of relevant courses from PADI, BSAC, NAUI, RAID, SAA, SSI and SDIsince 1 April 2023, are eligible for FREE tickets. Verification of subscription or course completion is required for these special offers.

BSAC, PADI, SDI, NAUI, RAID, SAA or SSI diver? Get in touch with your training agency for special member discounts on tickets that will save you ££££s!

The 2024 show also sees the Ocean Film Festival taking place on the Saturday evening – settle in and watch a host of award-winning films on our giant screen on the Main Stage. Entrance to the Ocean Film Festival is included in a weekend show ticket, meaning it represents even better value for money! (A ticket to just the Ocean Film Festival on the Saturday evening is £14.94).

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