Rubicon Foundation & Project Pink Tank receives funding

We were privileged and most delighted to present a cheque to the Rubicon Foundation on behalf of Maxshow Limited earlier this month.

Maxshow is a diving equipment distributor in the UK. One of the product ranges they distribute are Miflex low pressure and high pressure hoses. Maxshow recently ran a promotion on their vibrant pink Miflex hoses, with a donation of the sale going to the Rubicon Foundation's research programme 'Project Pink Tank'. More information can be found here.

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Pictured here from left to right are Gene Hobbs of the Rubicon Foundation, Rosemary E Lunn of The Underwater Marketing Company and Dr Dawn Kernagis of Project Pink Tank.

It was a fantastic moment being able to hand this cheque over at the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology at Duke University Medical Center earlier this month.

Myths and Misconceptions of Thermal Stress and Physiology" at TEKDiveUSA

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Environmental Physiologist, Dr Neal W Pollock

There is now a reasonable choice when it comes to heated vests. They are also becoming more affordable and in reach of every day divers. It would seem that DIY torso heating solutions are not always a wise move however, and a surgeon has just advised against the use of heat packs after an accident; Irish Examiner

When it comes to 'off the peg' heated devices, are they the magic bullet for solving thermal stress? Dr Neal W Pollock, an environmental physiologist will be speaking about the “Myths and Misconceptions of Thermal Stress and Physiology" at TEKDiveUSA in Miami on the 17th May 2014.

“Diving is carried out in a tremendous range of thermal environments and conditions. The extremes demand extra consideration, but, ultimately, a well- equipped polar diver can be more comfortable than some tropical divers. Potentially more important than comfort, though, is the fact that thermal status can dramatically influence decompression risk.

This presentation will consider the impact of thermal status on comfort, performance and decompression safety. One of the hot areas (pun intended) for diving equipment is ‘active heating.’ Technological improvements are providing divers with more options, but it is important to be mindful of risks as well as benefits.”

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Scuba Pursuits Under New Ownership

Scuba Pursuits went into liquidation a number of weeks ago. IIan Forster, Scuba Pursuits, Dosthill Quarry, Guildenburgh Water, Dive In, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Companyan Forster, owner of Dosthill Quarry and Guildenburgh Water, has now acquired the Scuba Pursuits trading name and its assets. These include three Facebook pages and two websites. The aim is to keep Scuba Pursuits operating as a training and retail facility.

Sarah Bagdi will be re-joining Scuba Pursuits in Cannock. The centre will be holding a re-launch opening on Wednesday 23rd April from 12 noon through to 8pm. If you are in the area, you are most welcome to drop in.

Jean-Claude Monachon joins Scuba Schools International

Scuba Schools International, a premier education and business support company is excited to welcome Jean-Claude Monachon as the Vice President of International Sales and Marketing for SSI.

Jean-Claude Monachon_SSI_Scuba Schools International_Scuba Sales and Marketing_Rosemary E Lunn_Roz Lunn_The Underwater Marketing CompanyJean-Claude joined PADI Europe in 1991. Since that time, Jean-Claude has been involved in every aspect of management and training for dive centers, resorts and dive professionals. With hard work, dedication and persistence, he became the PADI Europe CEO in 2001. Six years later, he was responsible for International Business Development and lately VP Sales & Marketing for the EMEA regions (Europe, Middle East and Africa). His focus was acquisition, retention, corporate identity and building brand awareness. Jean Claude’s experience also spans the globe in diving – managing a dive center and resort, representing manufacturing and all facets of dive training.  

Beyond the many years at PADI, Jean-Claude feels that a change in the industry will bring a boost of energy for Resorts and Retail businesses. Jean-Claude is a strong believer that the SSI Business Model - Swim, Snorkel, Free Diving and Scuba - supported by more than 50 local SSI Service Centers and subsidiaries will strengthen the customer service and bring SSI even closer to the diving market.

"We are very excited to have Jean-Claude join the ranks of SSI worldwide, stated Gerald Skrobanek, President. Jean-Claude is a breath of fresh air and we look forward to all the ways he can help us in both sales and marketing! It is inspirational to see an expert realize the ‘value of change,’ not only for the good of their own personal growth, but for setting direction in the industry.”

“It’s nice to be around people who are as passionate about diving as I am and I could not be more excited,” Jean-Claude Monachon, SSI Vice President of International Sales and Marketing.

New Guidelines For Divers In England

This guidance for divers in England is issued today (Monday 7th April 2014) by the following agencies as a joint statement: BSAC, GUE, PADI, PSAI, SSI, SAA and TDI / SDI.

Marine Management logo_BSAC_GUE_PADI_PSAI_SAA_SDI_SSI_TDI_Rosemary E Lunn_Roz Lunn_The Underwater Marketing Company_MMOBSAC, acting as the National Governing Body for Scuba diving and working with SAA and PADI, has been negotiating on behalf of all divers and diver training agencies with the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) with respect to the interpretation of the legal requirements for divers under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (MCAA).

After lengthy consultation, a set of guidelines for all divers diving in English waters has now been agreed.  These guidelines enable divers to go about their standard normal diving and training activities without a requirement for a licence and divers can use the guidelines to ensure that they remain within the law.

Activities that do not require a licence include:

•             Deploying and recovering temporary shot lines for divers
•             Using delayed or permanently inflated SMBs
•             Using a lifting bag to recover items which have been underwater for less than 12 months
•             Conducting surveys of shipwrecks by hand
•             Using lifting bags for underwater litterpicks.

For other certain activities, the MMO still requires either prior notification or an application for a licence; the MMO can be consulted for guidance in these cases.  Similar guidance will be available in due course for Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish waters.

All diver-training agencies active in England endorse these guidelines and actively encourage their instructors, members and divers to abide by them.

For further guidance please refer to the Marine Licensing: Guidance for Recreational Divers information sheet.

For all additional queries or questions regarding these new guidelines please contact the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) direct:

Telephone 0300 123 1032 or email

This update has been issued by:

British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC)
Global Underwater Explorers (GUE)
Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
Professional Scuba Association International (PSAI)
Scuba Schools International (SSI)
Sub Aqua Association (SAA)
Scuba Diving International; Technical Diving International (TDI / SDI)

Are you a North Carolina diver? DAN has a free talk tomorrow!

DAN is renowned for their educational lectures and they regularly put on a series of free seminars at the DEMA Show that all dive professionals can access.

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Dr Neal Pollock delivered a number of diving physiology lectures at the 2013 DEMA Show

For the last three years, DAN HQ in Durham (North Carolina) has been running a bi-monthly diving medicine / research / safety series of lectures at their office in West Colony Place. The talk is held on the first Wednesday of every other month at 19:00. This programme provides an excellent opportunity for anyone with a thirst for diving knowledge to listen to a variety of local experts discuss dive medicine, research, and safety.

The lecture tomorrow (Wednesday 2nd April 2014) is entitled When Pressure Changes are Not About Diving,” and will be given by Dr. Neal Pollock.

For those of you unfamiliar with Dr Pollock, he is a Research Director at Divers Alert Network and a Research Associate at the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology, Duke University Medical Center.

Divers are known to experience pressure changes as they explore the underwater world, but there is less recognition of others that face related environmental conditions. This presentation will contrast the exposures of divers with those of aviators, astronauts, miners and even canning workers.

Doors will open at 18:15 for a pre-event social, and ‘Down Under‘ very kindly serve light refreshments. The presentation begins at 19:00 and will last approximately 45 – 55 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Admission to the lecture is free, and no registration is required. So come early, come hungry and hear Neal wax lyrical about pressure changes.

The next lecture will be delivered by Niles W. Clarke. He will be discussing “The Science of Breathing Underwater on Wednesday 4th June.