Vendors put themselves on the map for the ultimate treasure hunt with the Dive Pirates 

For the fifth consecutive year a number of vendors with booths at the upcoming DEMA show 2017 will be part of a game that scores treasure hunters pirate booty and enters them in a drawing for grand prizes; a fun way for convention goers to win some treasure while learning about the Dive Pirates Foundation.

“It’s a fun way for us to interact with people across the diving industry,” said Dive Pirates Foundation President Barbara Thompson. “Who knew a pen with a pirate logo would start a conversation that could introduce us to a new recipient, a new sponsor, new dive chapter, training opportunities or silent auction items for our annual gala; it’s all about relationships, and we’re looking forward to building on the ones we have and creating new ones while in Orlando at DEMA.”

“Hunters” can find a map and start the hunt with any of the vendors listed below, and will receive a sticker at each stop along the way as well as a pirate surprise, and after finishing the map enter to win prizes during the drawing on Friday afternoon.

The Dive Pirates Foundation thanks the following exhibitors for being a Treasure Hunt Partner and invites DEMA goers to visit their booths:

Armor Bags   Booth 1629

Clearly Cayman  Booth 1842

Clearwater Paradise Resort  Booth 2037

Scuba Do Rag  Booth 749

RAID  Booth 983

Ikelite Booth 617

HSA  Booth 978

Dive Patches International, Inc.  #2202

Each exhibitor also donated a prize for the drawing to be held Friday Nov. 3, 2017 at 5:00pm at booth #2202. DAN, Franko Maps, and Gear Aid also donated prizes for the drawing.

“Wrapping up our 13th year of sharing the freedom of diving with people with disabilities, we’ve met so many people who have made this possible by donating to the Foundation, supporting us in great ways and small ways, and it has resulted in more than 100 recipients now certified as adaptive divers, with another 20 slated for 2018, we can’t thank everyone enough and invite them to join the crew in paying it forward at through membership, shopping our store, or donating an auction item to our upcoming Dive Pirates Ball Feb. 16, 2018, “ Thompson added.

The Dive Pirates Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing scuba diving to persons with disabilities and joining them with the mainstream of divers. Its vision is to create a community of adaptive divers who will dive and travel in the mainstream world of scuba diving through education and overcoming obstacles. For more information about the Foundation go to