2022 Conference Socials

We hope you'll join us for all of the Conference socials! It's a great way to connect with others in the international GUE community, make new friends and dive buddies, and enjoy delicious meals together! Please note that dinner Friday and Sunday nights are not included with conference registration, and Saturday's event is not a full meal. You can pay for your seat at the same time as registration, or add the socials for yourself or a guest anytime.

Friday, October 28

GUE Fun Run - 12k & 6k

Join us for our inaugural community fitness activity! We’re excited to introduce this in our hometown and have planned a 6k and 12k route that leads participants through a quaint High Springs neighborhood, along a nicely paved trail to Poe Springs, and back to GUE Headquarters. We won’t be timing people and there won’t be age categories or divisions of any kind. The idea is to go have FUN, and we’ll have brunch waiting for you at The Watershed restaurant when you’re done. The fee also includes a fun event tee! Any proceeds will be donated to Project Baseline.


Time: 9:00 am

Location: GUE along Poe Springs Rd, 18487 High Springs Main St., High Springs, FL 32643

Cost: $30

Includes: Brunch buffet hosted by The Watershed at 12:00 pm

Dinner

We are excited to introduce The Watershed, a new local event space, and we are even more excited that it is mere steps from our front door! The space is perfect for socials, with a nice outdoor veranda, pool tables, jukebox, and a bar with local beers on draft. The owners are life-long restaurateurs and are happy to be working with us for the conference.

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: The Watershed, 23588 NW 184th Rd, High Springs, FL 32643

Cost: $45

Includes: Dinner buffet, dessert, and two drinks (non-alcoholic or a selection of beer and wine)

Saturday, October 29

Lunch

Take a break from presentations and enjoy a delicious lunch, conveniently held in the Hilton.

Time: 12:30 pm

Location: Hilton, 1714 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32607

Cost: Included with registration
 

Cocktail Hour

Enjoy cocktail hour before heading to dinner at one of Gainesville's many restaurants.

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Hilton, 1714 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32607

Cost: Included with registration

Includes: Light fare and finger foods with one hour of unlimited beer and wine
Miller's Ale House
Casual sports pub with basics from bar snacks to steaks and tap beers
2881 Bass Pro Shops Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32608

MidiCi Italian Kitchen
Neapolitan wood-fired pizza and pasta dishes
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave #100, Gainesville, FL 32608

Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
Americanized Italian, including pasta and salad dishes
2711 Clark Butler Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32608

Bahama Breeze
Caribbean-inspired food with tropical taste
3989 Plaza Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32608

Outback Steakhouse
Australian-themed, serving steaks, seafood, and American fare
3760 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608

4 Rivers Smokehouse
Counter-serve eatery featuring Texas BBQ and homestyle sides
3262 SW 35th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32608
Embers Wood Grill
High-end chophouse serves surf'n'turf
3545 SW 34th St A, Gainesville, FL 32608

Cracker Barrel
Homey chain restaurant serving American comfort food
4001 SW 43rd St, Gainesville, FL 32608

Longhorn Steakhouse
Casual steakhouse chain known for grilled beef and American dishes
2933 Clark Butler Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32608

Texas Roadhouse
Steakhouse serving American fare with a Southwestern spin
3830 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608

Bonefish Grill
Contemporary grill offering seafood-centric menu and steaks
3237 SW 35th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32608

Chuy's
Tex-Mex eats in a kitschy, Elvis-themed setting
3410 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608

Sunday, October 30

Lunch

Join us at The Watershed for lunch before heading back to presentations and fun diving! If you register for in-water workshops at Blue Grotto, a box lunch will be provided.

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Extreme Exposure, 18481 High Springs Main St., High Springs, FL 32643

Cost: Included with registration
 

Dinner

Join us for a spooky good time at The Watershed for a fun Halloween party! Costumes are optional, but there will be awards and bragging rights for best costumes. The fee includes a dinner buffet, dessert, and two drinks (non-alcoholic or a selection of beer and wine). We’ll wrap up the night with a bonfire and local band, sponsored by Extreme Exposure, in the lot behind the shop.

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: The Watershed, 23588 NW 184th Rd, High Springs, FL 32643

Cost: $45

Includes: Dinner buffet, dessert, and two drinks (non-alcoholic or a selection of beer and wine)

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 that will be held during 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 $3,000
  • 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 $2,000
  • 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 $1,000
  • (1) standard size 6 foot table 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
Level D: 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