DUI Demo Tour 2013 comes to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport!

April 12-14, 2013

DUI and your participating DUI dealer are excited you will be participating in the DUI DOG RALLY & DEMO DAYS at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, OR. For the 10th year, the Aquarium is welcoming divers to explore their pristine giant ocean exhibits and pools and test dive DUI at the same time. This unique opportunity to try DUI drysuits, DiveWear insulation and other DUI products will be made all the more exciting when you are swimming with the fishes of the Aquarium. Your friends can come and watch you from the see-through underwater walkway. If you would like to learn more about photography, take a class from the world famous Amos Nachoum. DUI owners (DOGs) will get a special gift commemorating our 50th anniversary as well as have the opportunity to try our newest insulation: BLUEHEAT!

ABOUT THE EVENT AND THE AQUARIUM
Your basic event ticket of $50 entitles you to participate in all aspects of the demos, lunch, as well as admission to the Aquarium and access to the behind-the-scenes area of Passages of the Deep. Pre-registration is required and you will be assigned a specific time to arrive at the facility ready to dive.

Tickets are limited so please contact the shop today (360.260.9969) to purchase your tickets! The aquarium has 3 giant ocean pools which will be made available to divers. The Shark Observation Pool is not visible to the aquarium visitors but does have the best view of the shark exhibit and it is inhabited by baby sharks and other fish. All divers will start in this tank so that the aquarium staff may check your buoyancy in a drysuit. A few divers, especially those new to drysuits, will do their entire dive in this pool. The second exhibit is called “Halibut Flats” and has a sunken wreck on a rubble bottom and is home to halibut, ling cod, sturgeon, rock fish and more. Divers who are already comfortable with drysuits and have excellent buoyancy skills may be assigned to dive in “Orford Reef” which features wolf eels, perch, rock fish and other Pacific Northwest creatures and lots of them. The Aquarium staff will make the final determination of which dive site divers will be assigned based on skill, availability, animal care considerations and the schedule of the day. In addition to the regular demo dives, we are offering several opportunities:

  • This year, we will be offering a special underwater photography program hosted by world famous Amos Nachoum. Most well known for his “Big Animal” photography, Amos will use his photos to demonstrate lighting, composition and other techniques. Participants are expected to bring a sampling of their own photos to critique as that discussion will be an important part of the program. Participants should bring their own photography equipment. Each participate will have 60-90 minutes of dive time in the Aquarium exhibits. As the groups entering the exhibits must be staggered, we can not guarantee a particular time. Time will be provided for the fitting of the drysuit etc. This program is $150/person. Participants may register with the Aquarium or with the dealers and must be at least 12 years of age. To maximize the photographic possibilities, drysuit experience is recommended. Photography class is open booking; first-come-first-serve.
  • Catered dinner and presentation at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. This is a fantastic setting for dinner so we hope you will join us. All Crew members are our guests but must pre-register. Cash bar! This year, we will have a special presentation by Amos Nachoum as well as presentations commemorating DUI’s 50th anniversary and our 10th anniversary of the DEMOTOUR at OCA. Don’t miss it! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 onsite (availability limited). Children under 12 are $15.
  • Our partners, Light and Motion Divers Alert network, will also be there with demos of underwater lights and DAN experts to answer your questions about diving medicine.
  • All proceeds from the weekend support the Oregon Coast Aquarium Volunteer Diving Program.
THINGS TO BRING

All divers will be required to use our specially treated diving equipment to minimize the possibility of contamination within the exhibit. Please bring the following items:

  •  Diver Certification Card
  • Credit Card or Drivers License
  • Swimsuit or Lightweight Clothing
  • Regulator mouth piece (if you have it)
  • Mask and Snorkel
  • A very small towel to dry your damp hair
 
All divers must fill out liability and rental forms for DUI prior to the event. If you would like complete the DUI Rental Form and Liability Release Form in advance, they are available at www.DUI-Online.com/dog_forms.html.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

The Aquarium is located at 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd, just off Hwy. 101 in Newport, OR. For detailed directions, go to www.aquarium.org. General admission to the Aquarium begins at 9am. While your demo ticket includes admission to the Aquarium, your other guests will need to pay admission. Regular admission to Oregon Coast Aquarium is $18.95/person, $11.95 for children 3-12 and $16.95 for seniors.


EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE TO TEST DIVE
  • 120+ drysuits in various standard sizes and styles. Sizes range from XXS-6XL. While not all styles are available in all sizes, we have a DUI to fit most any diver!
  • 140+ divewear insulation in various styles and sizes including the Xm450, Xm250, Polartec PowerStretch, ActionWear Professional and more
  • BLUEHEAT: our revolutionary heated insulation. Pre-registration is required 
  • Weight & Trim Systems, RockBoots and Ultra Drysuit Hoods
  • ZipGloves

ARRIVING AT THE AQUARIUM


There will be a special entrance for divers participating in the event at the 29th Street gate so look for the signs directing you to that area. You will be able to pull up your car and drop off your gear before parking in the main lot. Please DO NOT park in the staff parking lot where you will be dropping off your equipment. The facility will open at 8am for divers participating in the event only. Upon arrival at your designated registration time you will be asked to fill out a liability release form and rental form so bring your certification card and a credit card that can be held as a deposit. A parent or guardian who can sign the appropriate forms must accompany participants under 18.

SCHEDULE

Friday, April 12

9:00am-4:00pm Underwater photography program hosted by world famous Amos Nachoum. Most well known for his “Big Animal” photography, Amos will use his photos to demonstrate lighting, composition and other techniques. Participants are expected to bring a sampling of their own photos to critique as that discussion will be an important part of the program. Participants should bring their own photography equipment. Each participate will have 60-90 minutes of dive time in the Aquarium exhibits. As the groups entering the exhibits must be staggered, we can not guarantee a particular time. Time will be provided for the fitting of the drysuit etc.

12noon-2pm Demo Dives: For those of you that are available on Friday, this is a great time to participate in the event when it is less busy. The time you signed up for is your registration time. If you are not sure what time you signed up for, please check with the store you purchased your ticket from. Please meet at the registration area with your mask and fins and be ready to go by that time. To allow time for drysuit fitting and orientation, your actual dive time will be one to two hours after your registration time. All divers must fill out liability and rental forms at registration prior to being fitted with equipment. All divers will be fitted into a drysuit and insulation as well as various accessories such as zip gloves and hoods. Divers will be assigned to an exhibit based on their comfort level with diving and drysuits. The aquarium has 3 giant ocean pools which will be made available to divers. The Shark Observation Pool is not visible to the aquarium visitors but does have the best view of the shark exhibit and it is home to baby sharks and other fish. Most divers will start in this tank so we may check your buoyancy in a drysuit and some divers, especially those new to drysuits, will do their entire dive in this pool. The second exhibit is called “Halibut Flats” and has a sunken wreck on a rubble bottom with lots of fish. Divers who are already comfortable with drysuits and have excellent buoyancy skills may be assigned to dive in “Orford Reef” which features wolf eels, rock fish, perch and other Pacific Northwest creatures and lots of them. The Aquarium staff will make the final determination of which dive site divers will be assigned based on skill, availability, animal care considerations and the schedule of the day.

Divers who are new to drysuits will be guided on their test dive by a certified and insured instructor or divemaster. DUI staff will be on hand to assist with the sizing and fitting of suits and answer technical questions. All test divers will be given a free Test Diver hat, DUI catalog and an Equipment Log coupon for free “stuff” if they purchase a drysuit or insulation after the demo.

11:00am-2:00pm Lunch will be available to all staff and participants during this time. Please plan your diving and work schedule appropriately to ensure you have lunch. We will have hamburgers, hotdogs and veggie burgers as well as chips and drinks.

Saturday, April 13

8:00am-5:00pm Demo Dives: See Details from Friday Demo Dives.

8:00am Registered divers check-in and begin drysuit fitting for the 9am and 10am dives

10:00am Registered divers check-in and begin drysuit fitting for the 11am and 12pm dives

11:00am-2:00pm Lunch will be available to all staff and participants during this time. Please plan your diving schedule appropriately to ensure you have lunch. We will have hamburgers, hotdogs and veggie burgers as well as chips and drinks. Northwest Dive News is handling the duties at the grill and will have BBQ Tri-tip available as well! Yum!

12:00pm Registered divers check-in and begin drysuit fitting for the 1pm and 2pm dives

2:00pm Registered divers check-in and begin drysuit fitting for the 3pm and 4pm dives


6:00pm Dinner and Presentation . Get your tickets early! Join us for a catered dinner and presentation at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. This is a fantastic setting for dinner so we hope you will join us. Cash bar. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 onsite though the number of onsite tickets will be severely limited. This ticket includes private access to the exhibits following the dinner presentation until 8:30pm.

Sunday, April 14

8:00am-5:00pm Demo Dives: See Details from Friday Demo Dives.

8:00am Registered divers check-in and immediately begin fitting for 9am dive

9:00am Registered divers check-in and begin drysuit fitting for 10am and 11am dives

11:00am Registered divers check-in and begin drysuit fitting for 12pm and 1pm dives

11:00am-2:00pm Lunch will be available to all staff and participants during this time. Please plan your diving and work schedule appropriately to ensure you have lunch. We will have hamburgers, hotdogs and veggie burgers as well as chips and drinks

1:00pm Registered divers check-in and begin drysuit fitting for 2pm and 3pm dives

3:00pm Registered divers check-in and begin drysuit fitting for 4pm dive

ACTIVITIES

Obviously the main focus of the event is the drysuit demos. However, there are a number of other activities to entertain you throughout the day:

  • Meet the Team from Dive News Network!
  • FREE TEST DIVE TEAM hat for Test Divers and DUI Owners. DUI Owners will need to present their DUI equipment and an event ticket to receive their hats
  • Special coupon offer! DUI has designed coupons for all DUI Demo Tour divers that will provide an incentive to buy NOW. 
  • DUI owners will get a special 50th anniversary commemorative pin!
  • Check out DUI’s newest products including BLUEHEAT! Preregister online to ensure your spot or contact DUI at support@dui-online.com
  • Try out the newest in lights from our friends at Light and Motion! http://lightandmotion.com/underwater
  • Meet the Team from DAN!

We look forward to seeing you there!

2 Comments

  1. Great job promoting the DUI DEMOTOUR event Seven Seas Scuba! You ROCK!

    Susan Long
    President & CEO
    Diving Unlimited International, Inc.

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