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WheelsDan gets Inspirational at GO Diving Show



Dan ‘WheelsDan’ Metcalfe is back at the GO Diving Show in March, but this time we have given the upbeat, lively and positive three-time world record holder his own slot on the Inspiration Stage.

Dan Metcalfe

Dan really shows what someone is capable of even when they have been dealt a seriously bad hand in life. In 2014, after ten years as a builder, he was involved in a significant motorcycle accident that left him a t8 paraplegic, meaning from just above his stomach down he had no movement or feeling.

After three and a half months in hospital, he threw himself into sports, and eventually settled on hand-cycling, becoming fifth in the UK.

Disaster struck for a second time in 2018 when during a 600-mile charity bike ride, he was hit from behind by a car, causing compression at c4 (neck).

This didn’t stop Dan, who then dedicated himself to scuba diving. Over the next four years, he worked his way up to Dive Leader and Assistant Instructor, completing oxygen administration, boat handling, compressor operator, AED and BLS. He did his first-ever sea dive up in Scapa Flow, and has dived in the Caribbean with Aquanauts Grenada.

He has done many other crazy things, including Tough Mudder, abseiling, skiing, half-marathons and soon the London Marathon, but his true passion is diving, breaking down boundaries and barriers in disability sports and proving what can be accomplished.

Now qualified as a dive instructor, his aim is to become a disabled instructor trainer, teaching others how to instruct a disabled student – and possibly break a few more world records.

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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Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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