'Technically Inspired" debuted at the Boot Dusseldorf Dive Show, hence the German Subtitles
Apeks has today revealed a sneak preview of 'Technically Inspired'. Having viewed this 'short' film we think it to be an amazing love story / tribute to temperate water diving.
'Technically Inspired' was shot in the depths of winter off Scotland and guest stars Adam Wood. If you are a true ardent cold water diver, this film will push your buttons and clearly demonstrates why we love scuba. It beautifully showcases why diving in the UK (when it is good) is some of the very best in the world.
Avid scuba diving fans will certainly have fun spotting key iconic diving locations and a pub that has welcomed many a diver over the years.
We look forward to seeing 'Technically Inspired' released in full soon.
It has been announced that the film 'Pressure', starring Danny Huston, Matthew Goode and Joe Cole, will debut at Glasgow's Film Festival next month. This film is about about 3 saturation (sat) divers who get stranded at depth when their tether to the topside DSV is severed.
Haynes Macdonald Services in the shape of Paul Haynes and Rod Macdonald provided maritime support behind and in front of the camera. Paul got a cameo role. All will be revealed on 23rd February as to whether he made the final cut.
The Hans Hass Institute has announced that Women Divers Hall of Fame member Lotte Hass passed away on Wednesday 14th January 2015. She was aged 86.
Known by some as the “First Lady of Diving,” she was the first woman to dive with autonomous diving equipment. Lotte began diving in 1949, working alongside her husband Hans Hass filming “Adventure In The Red Sea”. It was at this time she learned how to use a Drager closed circuit rebreather.
Against strong opposition, she worked as an underwater photo model before moving behind the camera to become the first female professional underwater photographer. Her work opened up a formerly male-dominated field to women. The spectacular film scenes showing her diving with sharks certainly contributed to the big success of her husband Hans Hass’ movies in the 1950s.
After leaving the public limelight she focused on being an advisor to her husband Hans. They were happily married for more than 62 years, until his death in June 2013.
If you are curious to know more, her autobiography is entitled “A Girl On The Ocean Floor”. In 2011 it was adapted into a film staring Yvonne Catterfeld as Lotte.
The Hans Hass Institute has asked that donations in Lotte’s memory be made to support SHARKPROJECT, an organization dedicated to stopping the destruction of the oceans and the extinction of sharks. Please click here to donate. In addition an online condolence book has been set up here.
Decisions, decisions. Where to dive? If you are based in the UK, you might well be tempted by this winter warmer. South Wales based National Diving & Activity Centre is running a cheeky promotion until the end of February 2015. They have reduced their entrance price by 50% to say 'thanks for your continued support and loyalty'.
This means that members will only pay £5.50 for a days unlimited scuba or rebreather diving, whilst non members will pay just £8.00.
Award winning photographer Alex Mustard in probably the ultimate scuba selfie
On Wednesday 4th March 2015 Dr Alex Mustard will be speaking at the Dive Lectures. The evening is held at the Royal Geographical Society in South Kensington, London. Tickets are FREE (but you need to register for tickets, and typically they go fast).
This popular annual event is organised by the London Diving Chamber as a fundraiser for the Scuba Trust. Monty Halls is also presenting. So empty your piggy bank for the Scuba Trust and come along. It is a lot of fun!
There will also be the chance to go home with something rather special. Alex Mustard is bringing along a signed, aluminium print to be auctioned on the night for the same cause.
PADI TecRec has just published their 'all time top ten blogs' on tecrec.padi.com. A bitter sweet moment for us. Roz's article - 'A Deceptively Easy Way to Die' - had the largest number of hits. The advice is still pertinent if you have not read it.
Here's a link to the top 10 articles.
Just how slick are your 'dry runs'? Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) is inviting every diver that attends the Dusseldorf based Boot Show the chance to gain some free training and improve their techniques. It doesn't matter what experience you have (sport recreational diver or a technical diver) or what equipment configuration you dive (standard BCD or backplate and harness system).
GUE 'dry run' field drills include;
- How to tie boltsnaps
- The S-Drill - safety / gas sharing drill
- How to make a safe gas-switch
- Isolation manifolds - how they work and how to do a valve drill
- Setting up a back-plate and harness
- How to configure your suit inflate system
- How to assemble your regulator and hoses
- How to deploy a surface Marker Buoy
Click here to sign up for your voucher and your free Dry-run!
This is also a great opportunity to discuss skills and drills, get equipment advice, share your passion for the underwater realm, or plan an underwater session with an instructor at a GUE Experience Day later in the year. You can also check out various presentations on the TauchTurm or watch pool demonstrations.
This German based show kicks off on Saturday 17th January and the show is open until Sunday 25th January. You can find GUE in Hall 3, Booth E06, located next to Beyond The Shore (BTS), Halcyon and DUI.
A colleague of ours from across the pond has been asked to help a client set up the outfitting and marketing for a brand-new dive destination.
One of the first steps is to gather input from divers because the client is interested to learn what type of diving you enjoy, how much dive travel you do, and what services and support you expect from a dive destination.
This survey should take you no longer than five or six minutes to complete. At the end of the survey, you will also have an opportunity to signup as a member of a special focus group which will further assist in the development of an exciting new dive attraction in North America.
Thanks for participating!