Spanning more than 80,000 square feet of exhibit space and featuring more than 130 exhibitors, inside and out, the interactive Expo will include exhibits, seminars, workshops and demonstrations covering freediving, scuba diving, spearfishing, lobstering, board sports, underwater photography, videography, and marine art.
New additions to this year's event includean outdoor Adventure Zone featuring two large pools where guests can try out new water toys and take part in professional demonstrations including kayaking, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), and breath-hold techniques. Additional attractions include swimwear fashion shows and a display from Contender Boats.
Speakers include Emmy Award winning filmmaker Stan Waterman; outdoorsman and TV star Manny Puig, spearfishing champion and whale videographer Rob Torelli from Australia, shipwreck explorer Mike Barnette, and others. Marine artists including Carey Chen, Pascal Lecocq, Randall Scott, Steve Ozment, Craig Dietrich, Don Ray, K.C. Scott, displaying a huge selection of marine-themed artwork.
"We strive to offer great deals, the best speakers and workshops in the industry, and the right atmosphere for attendees to meet other watersport enthusiasts and have a great time," said Sheri Daye, the event's producer. "We're entering our eighth year and this is our biggest and most exciting show yet."
Admission is $23 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free. Admission includes entry to the Saturday night Blue Wild After Party at the Courtyard Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach where guests can mingle with industry experts, celebrities, and enjoy BBQ and happy hour specials.
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Blue Wild After Party is from 7:30 to 11 p.m. For more information please visit TheBlueWild.com. Like The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure and Marine Art Expo on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheBlueWild.