Having brought divers together for 24 years, ADEX has become more than a dive show, spearheading Asia’s fight for the ocean
The Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) has become a familiar name to many dive enthusiasts around the world.
Run for the past nine years by the Underwater360 group (UW360), ADEX 2018 broke attendance records yet again, with 62,079 visitors over the three days.
The biggest and longest-running dive expo in Asia is, unsurprisingly, a mandatory event for the most avid divers.
The dive expo serves as one of the best platforms for divers to catch up and share their latest dive exploits, but more importantly, it provides a conducive environment for ocean lovers to learn about how they can best protect the ocean and its species.
Additionally, ADEX is a platform for businesses and organisations – dive operators, equipment manufacturers, and national tourism boards – to spread the message of responsible stewardship of the ocean.
SHARK CONSERVATION AND EDUCATION
Every year, the show is dedicated to an iconic marine species or conservation issue, with the show’s events designed to heighten conservation awareness about the chosen species or topic. This year, ADEX returned to its roots by dedicating 2018 to sharks – the very first marine creature ADEX was dedicated to back in 2010.
Presentations focusing on these magnificent animals were shared by a host of renowned speakers, educating visitors about sharks’ roles in the marine ecosystem, the value of shark tourism, and how everyone can play a part in ensuring the long-term protection of these species.
Our most powerful tool against extinction is education – encouraging each successive generation to love the ocean and create far-reaching waves of change is what ADEX aspires to achieve.