NAUI Reestablishes ICUE; Speakers & Topics Announced
Tampa, Fla. (January 31, 2017) – The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI Worldwide), is excited to announce the return of its International Conference on Underwater Education (ICUE, or IQ) and its list of speakers and topics. The conference will take place May 6 and 7, in conjunction with the 2017 Scuba Show in Long Beach, California.
‘Today, scuba is again in a period of great change,’ said NAUI Executive Director Dallas Edmiston. ‘New challenges to maintaining and growing the popularity of our sport; changing methods and approaches to teaching and learning; new frontiers in diving technology and techniques, including the development and popularization of specialty diving fields; new marketing techniques; and the increased use of multi-media and digital platforms need the attention of all of us.’
The conference’s primary purpose is to create a forum for renowned industry professionals to present the latest advances and concepts in educational theory, diving skills, safety, physiology and dive medicine, equipment improvements, and marine science to divers and diving professionals from across the world. The relaunch will consist of two days of events and seminars held in conjunction with the Scuba Show, where an attendance of over 10,000 is expected. For a complete list of ICUE speakers and topics, visit www.naui.org/about/icue/.
The ICUE originated in Southern California in the 1960s and grew to become one of the the largest traveling international conferences of its type by the time the last event was held in Kuala Lumpur in 2000. The underlying goal of the conference was ‘making diving safer.’ Each ICUE lasted several days and was filled with presentations and seminars on all aspects of diving, which were then published by NAUI as the IQ Proceedings.
The ICUE is available to anyone with an interest in diver education, regardless of their certification level or affiliation. Seminars will vary in complexity, from highly technical for advanced instructors to general information useful to all divers.
‘We could not be more pleased to revitalize the ICUE tradition as an important venue for formal and informal (and face-to-face) exchange of ideas. Both we, the members of NAUI, and our NAUI association profit when we share knowledge and ideas with our colleagues throughout the industry,’ said Edmiston.
In addition to this renaissance, NAUI will host an evening reception aboard the Queen Mary to celebrate the conference. Invitations extend beyond ICUE attendees and will be held Friday, May 5, where guests can network and mingle with presenters and NAUI leaders. Reception reservations will automatically enter attendees in the ICUE Atlantis Dive Week Raffle. To register for the reception, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/naui-icue-reception-tickets-31030988522.
If you can’t attend ICUE, you can still support the program and enter to win the seven-night dive vacation at either Atlantis Puerto Galera or Atlantis Dumaguete Dive Resorts & Liveaboards in the Philippines. This vacation includes deluxe accommodates, meals, unlimited boat diving, and more. Anyone may enter the ICUE Atlantis Dive Week Raffle at https://go.rallyup.com/naui-icue. You do not need to be present to win!
Additional information concerning ICUE can be found at www.naui.org/about/icue/.