The Niagara Divers’ Association 26th Annual Shipwrecks Symposium, “Shipwrecks/2020” was scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Centennial High School, 240 Thorold Road, Welland, Ontario. The show was cancelled on March 13th due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Canada.

As in the past, we have plans for numerous multimedia presentations by both world renowned and local speakers. Lunch, refreshments and door prizes will be included. Speakers will have tables and meet with guests during breaks and lunch. A display area is available for non-profit diving related groups and Gold Level sponsors. 

Planning for our 26th annual one-day symposium on shipwrecks, Shipwrecks/2020 is complete.


Speakers & Presentations

For our 26th. Annual Shipwrecks Symposium, the Niagara Divers’ Association is very pleased to present:

A selection of seven multi-media presentations by six internationally renowned speakers. 


Between our primary presentations, we are pleased to present a number of 5 minute “shorts”, highlighting new discoveries

Master of CeremoniesTom Wilson
Into The Planet - Journeys in Cave and Polar DivingJill Heinerth
Rebreather SafetyJill Heinerth
A Journey of DiscoveryJim Kennard
Accessibility is an Issue: Public Education and the Hamilton & Scourge National Historic SiteIan Kerr-Wilson
Early Steam Wrecks on the Great LakesWalter Lewis
"Desperate Voyage"
Discovery and Exploration of the Keystone State
David Trotter
Important Notice
Due to a death in the family, Jim Kennard will be unable to present at this year’s show.
Our most sincere condolences go out to his entire family during this difficult time.

NDA Shipwrecks Symposium Cancellation Update

With the cancellation of the 2020 show the day before the show was to take place this past March and the resulting financial loss, the NDA was uncertain if the club would be able to stage future shows.

We are happy to announce that the future of the show has been saved due to the overwhelming support of our attendees! 

A majority of those registered have either donated the cost of their ticket to offset this year’s expenses or asked us to hold it as a credit for the next show. With this support, financially the show will be able to continue and we would like to thank the whole diving community.

For the past 26 years our show has been held each spring to kick off the dive season in Ontario, with the date announced in the preceding fall. With the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic Second Wave the Niagara Region School Board is not taking bookings for their venues for this school year. Based on this uncertainty we are unable to set a future show date at this time.
As soon as the Ontario Government and the Chief Medical Officer deem it safe to hold large shows again, the NDA will announce a date for the return of Canada’s largest Shipwreck Show.

Gold Sponsors

Gold Sponsor Dan’s Dive Shop

Gold Level Sponsor: ABUCS Scuba Charters

Gold Level Sponsor: Aquasubscuba

Silver Level Sponsor: Shipwrecks and Scuba

Silver Level Sponsor: Ontario Underwater Explorers Scuba Swap

Silver Level Sponsor: Save Ontario Shipwrecks


Bronze Level Sponsor: River Diver

Bronze Level Sponsor: New York State Divers Association

Bronze Level Sponsor: Ontario Underwater Council

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