Following its successful introduction last year, BSAC will be repeating the online voting system for the forthcoming BSAC election.
This year’s election sees three council positions. In addition the positions of Honorary Secretary and National Diving Officer will also available. If you fancy standing for BSAC Council you've got until the end of the month for nominations! Contact BSAC Headquarters for more information.
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Mark Powell, renowned author of ‘Deco for Divers’, (the award winning guide to decompression theory) and one of the UK’s leading technical diving instructors, has booked his ticket for Rebreather Forum 3. A diver since 1987, Mark has a passion for wreck diving. We asked him why he is attending RF3.
“When Rebreather Forum 2 was held in 1996 it was one of the most influential events in the development of technical diving. I’m therefore expecting RF3 to be even more significant event. The opportunity to get so many divers, instructors, manufacturers and experts together in one place is invaluable. The rebreather industry is at a critical point in its development. Lessons have been learned regarding training, operations and design of units and I expect RF3 to consolidate these lessons and set the direction for the way rebreather diving develops over the next few years”.
What are you looking to get out of Rebreather Forum 3 Mark?
“My main goal is to meet as many people as possible and learn as much as I can. Simon Mitchell is a ‘must see’ as his talks are always entertaining and incredibly insightful and I also want to listen to Jill Heinerth and Richard Pyle. The safety and decompression workshops are the ones I most want to attend and I will definitely be looking forward to the talks by David Doolette, Petar Denoble, Andrew Fock and Bill Stone.
This conference promises to be a lot of fun as well. Whenever divers get together we love to talk and the Beach BBQ Loud Shirt Party on the Friday night sounds intriguing. And if the Gala Banquet on the Saturday night measures up to that at EUROTEK I know we’ll be in for a cracking evening. If you’re serious about your diving, why would you not attend RF3?!”
The South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUMS) Journal is an exceptionally useful resource for hyperbaric, physiological and diving information.
Annual membership is $105 and part of this gives you full access to the historical library. Whilst SPUMS journals older than two years can be found on the Rubicon Foundation website, anything less than two years old can ONLY be accessed via the society website or in hard copy and posted out to you.
If you would like unrivalled access to cutting edge of diving research, become a member. They need support and get this through membership fees. And pass this link onto your trainee Divemasters too.
South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society Facebook page
Twitter – a waste of time or a valuable marketing resource?
There are 95 million Tweets (posts) written every day, hence including Twitter in your marketing mix is a smart move when you get it right and do it correctly. However if you’re new to this medium, how can you best utilise it? We’ve got some practical Twitter how-to tips to help you successfully grow your brand and your business.
Tip #1; a picture paints a thousand words
It’s important that you either upload a logo or photo in your profile, don’t ever leave this field blank. It sends out the wrong message about you and your brand.
If you decide to opt for a photograph, always ensure it’s a professional one that is wholly relevant and current. (Rough rule of thumb; a photo taken within the last two years).
This photo is the first impression that someone is going to have of you, and the only image that represents who you are. Make it relevant, ie a photographer may want to have an image that captures their creative side.
Finally, use the same photo on multiple social media platforms, (LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+) because it all helps to build your personal brand.
For anyone with an interest in rebreather technology and science, Rebreather Forum 3 (RF3) is an unmissable occasion. With all the major players attending, this is the perfect opportunity for you to get up to speed with current thinking in rebreather technology, from the industry's foremost minds.
RF3 (www.rf30.org) will be held from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May 2012 inclusive at the Caribe Royale Hotel, Orlando. This unique conference comprises two elements; 30 different talks delivered by a team of respected speakers over three days and a specialist Expo with more than 30 international exhibitors.
It's 16 years since the previous Rebreather Forum and there is much to discuss. Major issues will be addressed surrounding rebreather technology, and its application in sport, military, research and scientific diving. RF3 has two key objectives; an emphasis on safety and the much needed peer review of the state of the art. As a RF3 delegate you will be part of this important process.
The social side has not been forgotten either, whenever divers get together they like to talk and in the up and coming months you can follow us on Twitter; #RebreatherF3 or Facebook. On Friday night there will be a Loud Shirt Party - a Beach BBQ extravaganza - ideal for catching up with friends and colleagues, meanwhile on Saturday night we celebrate success at the glamorous and sophisticated RF3 Gala Banquet.
Although rebreather diving is a niche market, it is not without influence and it’s actively expanding. We are now entering a new age of diving. In the last couple of years we've seen major steps forward with the recent launch of two recreational machines. The ‘Type R’ rebreather is coming of age and the training agencies are actively working with manufacturers to grow this significant new market.
Attending Rebreather Forum 3 gives you unrivalled access to the very latest in rebreather training, technology and ethos, delivered by some of the world's significant figures in the field. It’s not often that you will get the opportunity to meet and talk to these cutting edge leading professionals who shape and influence this industry.
Delegates will therefore be pleased to hear that there are "Early Bird Specials" on RF3 Tickets until 1st February 2012, with savings of up to US$100 per ticket. With RF3 tickets starting from US$290, log onto www.rf30.org now to book your place at this decade’s most momentous rebreather event. Regardless of your experience level, Rebreather Forum 3 is not to be missed.