Preview: Event - Dive 98

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The Independent Culture
To the uninitiated, the idea of a wet weekend in Birmingham probably sounds as enticing as, well, a dry weekend in Birmingham, but Dive 98 should submerge such negative thoughts. The sub-aqua and watersports industry is taking over the NEC for the next two days for a watery gathering of 180 exhibitors and thousands of enthusiasts. Novices can attempt "try- dives" without risking a lungful of liquid, while more experienced descenders can marvel at the latest equipment, boats and clothing. And to whet your appetite still further, there will also be visual presentations from some highly experienced divers including the cinematographer of the film Titanic.

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham (0121-780 4141) today 9.30am-6pm, tomorrow 9am-5.30pm