Planet Scuba Open Day Tomorrow – Saturday 28th June 2014

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Planet Scuba in Bishops Stortford are having an open day tomorrow, and you are invited.The emhasis on this year's open day is photography. They will have kit from 'photography curious' to specialist equipment. There will be three talks and a free BBQ at lunchtime.

  • 11.00 Open Day Kicks Off
  • 12.00 Talk by Nigel Wade, DIVER Magazine journalist and photographer
  • 13.30 Talk by Peter Lemon, author of 'Scuba Diving Malta'
  • 14.00 Talk by Scuba Travel

It is all taking place at;

2 The Links
Raynham Road
Bishops Stortford
CM23 5NZ

Kick off will be about morning coffee time and the day will run until about 8pm.

You are most welcome to bring along friends, family and fellow divers.


Rebreather Forum 3 Conference Proceedings Now Available

The RF3 proceedings are now available, online and free to anyone to download!

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RF3 Proceedings are available for free online

The Rebreather Forum 3 Proceedings have been published in both print and electronic format following the safety symposium held from 18 - 20 May 2012 at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Two years in the planning and two years in the writing, the 324-page rebreather publication showcases state-of-the-art and science of rebreather diving through the experience and knowledge of some of the world’s leading specialists in education, operations, physiology, medicine and safety. This meeting followed the Rebreather Forum 2 conference which was held in 1996.

The goal of Rebreather Forum 3 was to positively impact the safety of recreational, professional, scientific, media and military rebreather divers by sharing latest developments and best practices. Educational sessions took place in seminars that discussed history and evolution, medicine and physiology, business and operations, incidents and their investigation, design and testing, and training and operations. Safety was the key theme and participants were informed about the most common causes of rebreather incidents and fatalities in hopes of reducing their future occurrence. To round out the meeting, participants were able to gain hands-on experience through various pool sessions.

The 11-member, Rebreather Forum organizing committee comprised Dr. Nicholas Bird (DAN), Mark Caney (PADI), Dr. Petar Denoble (DAN), Michael Lang (American Academy of Underwater Sciences), Rosemary E Lunn (The Underwater Marketing Company), Christian MacDonald (American Academy of Underwater Sciences), Dan Orr (DAN), Dr. Neal W Pollock (DAN), Dr. Drew Richardson (PADI), Karl Shreeves (PADI) and Dr. Richard Vann (DAN).

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The Editors of the RF3 Proceedings (from l to r); Dr Neal W Pollock, DAN Research Director | Dr Richard D Vann, Professor Emeritus Duke Anesthesiology | Dr Petar J Denoble, Vice President DAN Research

“We planned this Forum to introduce divers without rebreather experience to the equipment as well as to assist experienced rebreather divers in refining their skills. This was the ideal format to share ideas and listen to some of the world’s most respected experts on rebreather diving," stated Dr. Richard Vann, former Vice President of Research, Divers Alert Network.

Publishing the Rebreather Forum 3 proceedings is a significant accomplishment by the AAUS, DAN and PADI. All three partners are very pleased to share this invaluable resource with the diving community, in order to help make diving safer. It is hoped that the knowledge gained will reduce incidents and fatalities among rebreather divers.

PDF copies of the complete RF3 Proceedings can be downloaded immediately at no-cost from the DAN website. Print copies will be available in the near-future through a print-on-demand service. More detailed information can be found at the Rebreather Forum 3 website;


Deadline for AAUS Foundation Scholarships Approaches

We recently caught up with the Chairman of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences Foundation, Dr Neal W. Pollock.

Dr Pollock advised us that the the AAUS currently has four scholarships;

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* Kathy Johnston Scholarship award
* Kevin Flanagan Student Travel award
* Kevin Gurr Scholarship

The deadline for applications this year is 30th June.

If you are, or know a student who is studying scientific diving, now is a good time to apply. Visit the AAUS Foundation website for further information.

RAID International Hits the UK

RAID International is stepping up for its UK and Maltese members following the appointment of well-known dive industry personality; James Rogers to the position of RAID Distributor for the UK and Malta with responsibility for RAID business development in that region.

Based in Newcastle and London, from 1st June 2014, James has started to work alongside UK based and RAID International Training Director; Paul Toomer and the RAID International Team generally, to promote RAID globally, applying his wealth of expertise and experience to grow and advance the business of diving.

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James Rogers / Photo Credit: Rosemary E Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company

James started diving in 1991, with a Bristol based dive centre and joined PADI in 1993. In addition to being an Open Circuit Instructor, James qualified as a SCR Instructor in 1997. He worked extensively with Douglas Nash, former Vice President of Sales and Marketing for PADI UK to grow and advance the UK dive market. He served in various positions at PADI including Distribution Co-ordinator, Sales Consultant, Sales Manager, Director of Sales and Field Services and Director UK Business and as such worked directly with most UK dive centres.

James is also well known internationally. In his near 20 year tenure with PADI, James Rogers was a regular attendee at international functions including all the UK Dive Shows and DEMA.

RAID International Logo_Rosemary E Lunn_Roz Lunn_The Underwater Marketing CompanyRAID already leads the way with the first fully online training platform; however it’s the redesign of the RAID courses alongside the new executive and key staff acquisitions that is truly exciting for the industry. James said: “RAID is utilising best practises of diver education and delivers a full range of diver training courses in ways never seen before. Simply put, it’s a “must” explore situation for all Dive Centres. Remember RAID speaks to non-divers as only a purely B2C online business model can, and allows its Members to train divers professionally whilst strengthening, not weakening, the dive training experience”.

RAID has the philosophy to build its international and local teams with experience staff that know the business on the ground. So RAID executive now consist of individuals like James who have a wealth of industry understanding and personal energy to serve RAID customers and continue to improve the industry for everyone’s benefit.

Watch this space, more RAID news to follow soon. Remember, change is essential. Be unafRAID

Dan and Betty Orr to speak at the 2014 Long Beach Dive Show

The Long Beach Dive Show is being held this weekend - Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June - in California. During the weekend a number of diving presentations will be given covering a huge spectrum of subjects covering history, adventure, marine life, diving physiology, underwater photography, local dive spots, foreign travel, seafood preparation, marine conservation and more. The speakers know their topics and the seminars are very popular with show goers.

Two well-liked speakers attending Long Beach are Dan and Betty Orr.

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Diving Ambassadors Dan & Betty Orr / Image Credit: Rosemary E Lunn

'The Ageless Diver' - 2pm Saturday, Seaside 7 Room

Renowned scuba safety expert Dan Orr is an ‘aging diver’, but that hasn't stopped him from diving. Ardent fans of the sport understand that once diving has captured your heart, it is very difficult to hang up your fins and walk away. But is there a key age you should do this, or are there measures you can put in place so that you can continue to enjoy your diving, and get the most out of your underwater adventures?

In this presentation Dan Orr will discuss modifying your diving habits, equipment considerations and diving defensively. These and other choices should help you extend your ‘diving life’ whilst remaining a happy safe diver.

'Travel Tips and Tools' - 3pm Sunday, Seaside 7 Room

Dive vacations are something eagerly looked forward to and should be treasured. However getting to your dream destination can sometimes be painful and stressful. Is there an easier way to travel?

Diving Ambassador and insurance expert Betty Orr has extensively toured the world during her forty-year career. Along the way she has learned a plethora of hints and tricks including the essential art of packing, health advice, passport do’s and don’ts, and personal safety. In this presentation Betty will share these and other top travel tips, to take the trauma out of your travel, and help make your journeys easier and your vacations more fun.

For more information on the location of the Long Beach Dive Show click here.