Ontario Underwater Explorers Scuba Club's

The 26th Scuba Swap is Fast Approaching

Is it the New Year already? Before we know it, it’s time to announce another Scuba Swap and Sale! So, mark the date: April 28, 2018. Preparations are well under way and, with some fresh talent joining our tried and tested team, it is shaping quite nicely.

Shriners Hall

We are working on the list of participants and presenters, so check back regularly for updates.

The last year’s Swap brought record sales – sellers went home with bigger cheques and less unsold gear. Presentations were brought to a higher level thanks to a separate presentation room. We will be building on those results while addressing some challenges—such as a somewhat disorganized layout and flow of traffic. The result, we’re confident, will be a better experience for everyone!

Same as last year, we'll be at Rameses Shriners Hall, 124 Queen's Plate Drive in Etobicoke, Highway 27 and Rexdale Blvd, right across from Woodbine Racetrack and kitty-corner from Woodbine Shopping Centre and Fantasy Fair.

25th Swap - April 2017

When reminded last year's Scuba Swap was the 25th, Anthony - one of the two OUE members who volunteered at all of them - said: "It can't be, I don't feel that old!" We are grateful to have the volunteers like him, to have the sellers and visitors like you, to have the first class presenters, to have the stores and the organizations - together, we've made another yet another fun and valuable Swap!

All Star Liveaboards and Blackbeard's, the long-time sponsors of the Swap, have again donated a diving cruise in the Bahamas. Thank you!

The new venue, Rameses Shriners Hall, right by Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Shopping Centre proved very accommodating. With some lessons learned from this year's layout, we believe we can organize it even better in the future.

Apart from the fine line-up of diving stores and services regularly joining the Swap, we were delighted to see Fathom Five National Marine Park again - this was an early opportunity to get your Tobermory season diving tag. Centeen tokens were also available.

Presentations had a neat separate room isolated from the rumble of the main event; and for the first time, we managed to record the presentations - so that our volunteers, busy elsewhere at the event can see them too! The organizations, in the lobby, were also shielded from the noise.

For the sellers and the buyers of the private gear, this was definitely a good year: we had more items registered - and, more importantly, much more sold (over 60% more) as compared to the last year! The only numbers that went down were the prices - and that is what did the trick: buyers got more gear. And despite the lower prices, the sellers still went home with a bigger cheque and needed to return home almost 50% less gear, on average. Everybody won!

In the day and age of kijijis and eBays, we sometimes stop and wonder how much value we provide in our original purpose - swapping the gear. This year's results encourage us in thinking that there are still a lot of us who like to see a large selection of used gear live, in one place. Add to this the stores, the presentations, meeting old buddies and swapping the stories... what more can one want?

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to 2018 Scuba Swap!

2017 Sponsors

Blackbeard's Cruises is now a part of All Star Liveaboards!

2017 Participants

  • OUC (Ontario Underwater Council)
  • GUE (Global Underwater Explorers)
  • OFAH (Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters)
  • SOS (Save Ontario Shipwrecks)
  • TMA (Tobermory Maritime Association)
  • Sea Hunt (Alec Peirce)
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