Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Who are the Boston Sea Rovers?
Q: What is a Clinic?
Q: How long is the clinic and where is it held?
Q: When is it held?
Q: What exactly is a seminar?
Q: What topics are covered during the seminar?
Q: Who gives the seminars?
Q: Who would be interested in the clinic?
Q: What Exhibitors are in the Grand Ballroom Exhibit Hall?
Q: Where can I buy tickets for the clinic?
Q: Where is the film festival, and does it sell out?
Q: What is typically shown during the film festival?
Q: Are there activities for children?
Q: How can I learn more about the Boston Sea Rovers and the clinic?
Q: Are there reduced rates for the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore?
Q: How do I get there?
Q: Where can I park?

Q: Who are the Boston Sea Rovers?

A: The Boston Sea Rovers are first and foremost a dive club, and are also a group of volunteers that have run a yearly clinic since 1954 dedicated to raising the level of knowledge of the underwater world.  Click here to learn more about the history of the Boston Sea Rovers.

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Q: What is a Clinic?
A: A Boston Sea Rovers International Clinic is a weekend of learning, fun and adventure, designed for and by scuba divers and marine enthusiasts.  It is the oldest and most respected of all diving related shows in the country, having been started in 1954, and run continuously ever since.  The Clinic features daytime seminars covering all aspects of scuba diving and the marine environment, a large exhibit hall full of over 60 exhibitors featuring diving related products, services and destinations, a spectacular Saturday Evening Film Festival, and specialized workshops for additional in-depth training. Use the following links to discover more about this year’s daytime seminars and workshops.

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Q: How long is the clinic and where is it held?

A: The 2013 Sea Rovers Clinic will take place over two days at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore in Danvers, Massachusetts. This is the same site as in 2012, with a new name and a new and improved look!

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Q: When is it held?

A: The Clinics are typically held the second full weekend in March. For 2013, it will held, March 9-10.

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Q: What exactly is a seminar?

A: A seminar is a presentation given by a professional in the underwater world who has been pre-screened by the Sea Rovers, and is typically an expert in his or her field of the underwater world. Each presenter has flexibility in the media they use (slides, video, etc.) as well as how the material is presented. The Sea Rovers attempt to get the most knowledgeable people in the field as well as folks who have a good rapport with an audience, but the primary emphasis is always placed on high quality images and knowledgeable speakers.

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Q: What Topics are covered during the seminar?

A: SCUBA diving is a unique and fascinating sport, with an enormous amount of fascination for participants and observers alike. Considering recent ocean-related news events, from stranded whales and shark sightings to animated discussions regarding fishing and whaling problems, it’s clear that the ocean, and its wildlife, attracts everyone. The Sea Rovers Clinic is devoted to presenting issues related to the oceans and diving to the general public, and to keeping the public informed, and involved. Please look at the Daytime Speakers list for the presentation titles at this year’s show. Click here to see this year’s daytime seminars.

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Q: Who gives the seminars?

A: A quick look at this year’s Daytime Speakers will give you a good idea of who will be presenting this year. Keep an eye on the list as things do change as we get closer to the actual date of the clinic.

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Q: Who would be interested in the clinic?

A: The show attracts an assortment of people ranging from hard core divers to people who just are interested in the environment and lots of folks in-between. You will find the cream of the crop of Northeast divers: those who are serious about their diving, those who buy equipment and want to know what is new and available, those who go on diving trips, those who dive locally, and even those who don’t dive but are interested in our underwater world. Attendees jam the hotel during the day and the theater for the Saturday evening film festival. The kids programs on Sunday are bringing more families to the show than ever before. There is something for everyone at the Sea Rovers Clinic!

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Q: What Exhibitors are in the Grand Ballroom Exhibit Hall?

A: As soon as we have a solid list it is posted to the Web site. Many exhibitors return year after year but we also try to bring in some new ones each year.  Typical exhibitors include diving equipment manufacturers, service providers, local dive shops and clubs, exotic dive destinations and travel reps, and more.

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Q: Where can I buy tickets for the clinic?

A: The best place to purchase tickets is on the Web site, but they can also be purchased from supporting dive shops and businesses. Tickets are limited so you want to purchase yours sooner rather than later. Tickets can be purchased at the door if there are any still available.

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Q: Where is the film festival, and does it sell out?

A: The Saturday Evening Film Festival will be held on-site in the main ballroom of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore (Formerly CoCo Key Hotel).  The festival starts at 8 PM sharp and typically ends between 10:30-10:45PM.  The evening show does sell out and we strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance from the Web site or a Sea Rover before the Clinic starts.  Find out more information about this year’s film festival here.

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Q: What is typically shown during the film festival?

A: The Saturday night film festival has the best of underwaterfilm from all over the world. The Boston Sea Rovers Web site has information about who will be presenting at the Film Festival this year.

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Q: Are there activities for children?

A: On the second day of the clinic the Rovers have a room specifically for kids programs including the New England Aquarium’s Education Department Touch Tank. In addition, most kids have a blast going through the exhibition area. Check the Kids Program page on the Boston Sea Rovers Web site for details. More details about childrens activities can be found on our Kids Program Page.

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Q: How can I learn more about the Boston Sea Rovers and the clinic?

A: The Boston Sea Rovers Web site is your best source of information about the Rovers and the clinic. To learn more, why not volunteer to work at a clinic and get to know the people behind the clinic?

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Q: Are there reduced rates for the Double Tree Hotel?

A: Yes, the Sea Rovers reserve a limited number of rooms at a special rate for the show. Anyone can request these rooms but once they are taken, any remaining rooms are charged the regular Double Tree rates.  It pays to reserve a room early when the reduced rate rooms are still available.  Details about the rooms are available in the hotel section of the Web site.

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Q: How do I get there?

A: Directions.

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Q: Where can I park?

A: The Double Tree has extensive free parking available on-site.

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