Pub­lisher’s Note

Asian Diver (English) - - Contents -

This year marks the 24th year of ADEX, which con­tin­ues to be the largest and long­est-run­ning dive show in Asia, proudly or­gan­ised by the Un­der­wa­ter360 group. For Un­der­wa­ter360, this is a par­tic­u­larly spe­cial year. On Septem­ber 9, 2009, at 9am, Un­der­wa­ter360 signed the agree­ment to take over as the of­fi­cial ADEX or­gan­iser. This year, it will be the nineth year since Un­der­wa­ter360’s first ADEX in 2010! With the num­ber nine be­ing an aus­pi­cious num­ber for us, we will mark our nineth year by re­turn­ing to our roots: sharks – the first marine crea­ture that ADEX was ded­i­cated to back in 2010. This mag­nif­i­cent an­i­mal will be the sub­ject of our pre­sen­ta­tions to ed­u­cate the pub­lic on their plight and how each one of us can play our part to pre­serve them in the wild for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

The Big Blue Book

was among Un­der­wa­ter360’s many ad­di­tions to ADEX, and it has quickly be­come a sig­nif­i­cant keep­sake from the show. This fact-packed pub­li­ca­tion was pro­duced ex­clu­sively for the dive show, with con­tent re­volv­ing around the en­dan­gered species to which each year’s ADEX was ded­i­cated. In­ter­est­ing facts, amaz­ing sto­ries, and stun­ning im­ages have been cu­rated from our ex­ten­sive net­work of pas­sion­ate con­trib­u­tors – many of which are loyal ex­hibitors, speak­ers and sup­port­ers of ADEX. Through such ma­te­rial, I seek to ig­nite a pas­sion for the ocean in new divers and pro­duce a gen­er­a­tion ea­ger to as­sume the man­tle of pro­tect­ing marine life, while reaf­firm­ing the love that vet­eran divers feel for the world be­neath the waves. In 2019, ADEX will be cel­e­brat­ing its 25th an­niver­sary, as well as a decade un­der Un­der­wa­ter360’s man­age­ment. We’ve watched the show grow big­ger and bet­ter with ev­ery pass­ing year, a feat made pos­si­ble only with the co­op­er­a­tion of the nu­mer­ous ex­hibitors, spon­sors, speak­ers, vol­un­teers, and vis­i­tors through­out the years. We thank you from the bot­tom of our hearts for your con­tin­u­ous sup­port, and look for­ward to shar­ing many more years of pro­tect­ing the ocean with you.



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