Blue Wild diving expo

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Sheri Daye, host of the “Blue Wild” marine expo in Fort Lauderdale Feb. 22-23, goes spearfishing.
Sheri Daye, host of the “Blue Wild” marine expo in Fort Lauderdale Feb. 22-23, goes spearfishing.
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One week after the Miami International Boat Show, which runs through Monday, comes a Fort Lauderdale expo aimed squarely at divers.

The Blue Wild, slated for the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center on Feb. 22-23, is Florida’s largest diving event featuring a world-class roster of celebrity guest speakers, equipment manufacturers and retailers, marine artists, videographers and photographers, and dive tourism operators.

“This is a celebration of everything marine,” event producer Sheri Daye of Boca Raton said. “There’s something for everybody.”

Among the speakers and seminar instructors are: Austria’s Herbert Nitsch, the world’s deepest freediver with a plunge to more than 700 feet on a single breath; 90-year-old Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Stan Waterman with his artist offspring, Susannah and Gar Waterman; Miami wildlife wrangler and television personality Manny Puig; shark conservationist and videographer Jim Abernethy of West Palm Beach; Sara Brenes, the college freshman founder of; and Spanish spearfishing world champion Joseba Kerejeta.

Makers of scuba, freediving and spearfishing equipment will sell the latest gear and renowned marine artists such as Carey Chen and Don Ray will display their work.

“If you’re a diver, how can you not be interested in listening to the speakers and all the manufacturers with their deals,” Daye said.

Admission is $20, and includes a pass to the Feb. 22 Blue Wild After Party at the Courtyard Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. For more information, visit

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