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Youth diving takes centre stage at GO Diving Show


Youth diving

Grace Westgarth, one of the shining lights for youth diving in the UK, is back on the Inspiration Stage at the GO Diving Show in March.

Grace Westgarth

Grace started diving in Egypt at the age of ten while on a family holiday. However, it didn’t stop there! When back in England, her and her dad found a local club and they continued training.

By the time she was 13, she was NASE Worldwide’s first-ever Junior Master Diver. She took the decision to train with US-based agency NASE as she preferred that they taught all skills neutrally buoyant and wanted a challenge.

This led her to try cavern and wreck diving in Florida in 2016, and sparked her interest into technical diving. Balancing education and diving has proven difficult at times, but Grace finally got to do her sidemount diver course in 2019 and now this is her preferred way to dive!

Out of the water, Grace has been at dive shows, interviewing some inspirational people in the industry such as Jill Heinerth and speaking on stage with Girls That Scuba on their panel. One of her proudest achievements was being selected as one of the initial ten international GTS ambassadors in 2020, representing the community on Social Media and in person around the UK’s dive sites.

She also sat on the World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council in 2023, and is currently studying Marine and Natural History Photography at Falmouth University.

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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