2019 Conference Information

Conference festivities will kick off Friday night with a meet & greet dinner in Alachua, Florida, just a few minutes from GUE's home in High Springs. Saturday will feature guest speakers and wide-ranging topics at the Hotel Indigo in Gainesville. Lunch is included, and at the end of the day, be sure to join us for drinks and light fare before heading to dinner with your friends at one of Gainesville's many restaurants. On Sunday we head to High Springs for a day of diving, workshops, and fun followed by a relaxed barbecue dinner with live music and a bonfire. We hope to see you here!
Conference Registration Prices
Non-member $275
Conservation Member $225
Bronze Member $200
Silver Member $175
Gold & Scholar Member $150
Platinum Member FREE!
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Conference Registration Includes:
  • Two days of lectures, presentations, and workshops
  • Conference bag with goodies
  • Conference t-shirt (only until October 11!)
  • Cold breakfast buffet and coffee Saturday morning
  • Snack & coffee breaks on Saturday
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Drinks and light fare on Saturday evening
  • Hot breakfast buffet and coffee on Sunday morning
  • Picnic lunch on Sunday

Location

High Springs is located just 25 minutes north of Gainesville in beautiful North Central Florida. Local airports include Gainesville (GNV), Jacksonville (JAX, 1.5 hrs north), and Orlando (MCO, 2 hrs south). 

Saturday
Presentations and social will be in Gainesville at the Hotel Indigo in Celebration Pointe.
5020 S.W. 30th Lane, Gainesville, FL 32608

Sunday
Workshops and diving in High Springs, with many events held at Extreme Exposure
18481 High Springs Main St., High Springs, FL 32643

Diving
Florida is renowned for its cave diving, but there are also open water options available! Extreme Exposure is the local GUE Premium Dive Center and is your resource for gear rental, gas fills, updates on local diving conditions, and more. Contact them to reserve your tanks and gear so you don't miss out on what North Florida has to offer!
 

Accommodation

There are a number of options for accommodation in the Gainesville, Alachua, and High Springs area. Conference activities on Saturday, November 9 will take place at the Hotel Indigo in Celebration Point, Gainesville. GUE Conference attendees can receive a special rate of $160/night by booking here or by referencing GUE when booking by phone.
 
Hotel Indigo at Celebration Pointe
5020 S.W. 30th Lane, Gainesville, FL 32608

Group rate: $160/night

Reserve your room here or call +1-352-240-8900 and reference GUE. The last day to make reservations with this code is October 19.

Hotel Indigo is a new, beautiful boutique hotel in the vibrant Celebration Pointe community just off Interstate 75 in Gainesville (17 miles from High Springs) and includes a pool, gym, free Wi-Fi, and on-site restaurant.

About Celebration Pointe
https://www.celebrationpointe.com/
The new planned community conveniently located in Gainesville just off I-75. Comprised of more than one million square feet of dining, entertainment, shopping, and more, Celebration Pointe provides the ideal location to relax, be entertained, and celebrate. Features include a luxury movie theater, restaurants, coffee and desert bar, and beautiful open spaces, as well as the conference hotel.
We are also pleased to offer you special group rates at the new Holiday Inn Express in Alachua, Florida​​​​​​, just 10 minutes from High Springs. Take advantage of the special $129/night rate by booking here or by referencing the Global Underwater Explorers group when booking by phone.

 
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
16367 NW 167th Blvd, Alachua, FL 32615

Group rate: $129/night

Reserve your room here or call +1-386-518-6777 and reference the Global Underwater Explorers group. The last day to make reservations with this code is October 11.

This new Holiday Inn is right off the I-75 interstate between Gainesville (17 miles away) and High Springs (5 miles away) and includes a pool, gym, free Wi-Fi, and breakfast buffet.

More info: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/alachua/gnvac/hoteldetail
We also recommed Airbnb.com and Vrbo.com for house rentals for larger groups and longer stays.

Other Activities

Monday, November 11
North Florida Field Trip
Join Dr. Todd Kincaid for a full-day tour of North Florida. Meet at GUE HQ then head to the Santa Fe River for a canoe trip and O'leno State Park for a sinkhole hike. After lunch travel to Gainesville for a hike on Payne's Prairie and a tour of Devil's Millhopper sinkhole. $40 includes your transportation for the day, lunch, and canoe rental.
Wednesday, November 13 - Saturday, November 16
Visit us at DEMA Show 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando!

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Thank you for considering sponsorship of the GUE Conference! If you have any questions or would like to become a sponsor, please contact HQ.

Sponsorship is open to the entire dive community, including manufacturers, dive shops, and instructors. The levels below can apply to monetary donations or donations of goods (such as dive gear and accessories, dive destination packages, and class spaces) with a matching retail value to be used for the conference itself or for the global silent auction on our website for the week leading up to the Conference. This will allow all of our members, not just those attending the Conference, to see the items up for auction, place bids, and help support GUE’s mission. The auction will have a very large audience, providing advertising to an international group of divers interested in quality, cutting-edge products and equipment. 

Level A: Donation of $2,500
  • 10x20 space with (2) standard size 6 foot tables and (4) chairs in the pre-function area in which to promote your group, activity, or business
  • Special mention at the conference presentations
  • Logo prominently displayed on the conference agenda
  • Large logo on the conference t-shirt and bag
  • Free conference registration and admission to Friday and Sunday night socials for 2 people
Level B: Donation of $1,500
  • 10x10 space with (1) standard size 6 foot table and (2) chairs in the pre-function area in which to promote your group, activity, or business
  • Logo on the conference agenda
  • Logo on the conference t-shirt and bag
  • Free conference registration and admission to Friday and Sunday night socials for 1 person
Level C: Donation of $500
  • (1) standard size 6 foot table in the pre-function area in which to promote your group, activity, or business
  • Name listed on the conference agenda