SEABEAR Diving Technology Acquired By Johnson Outdoors

Boot Show 2015, Arne Sieber, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, EUROTEK, SEABEAR, Scubapro, 2015-01-22 14.13.41
Dr Arne Sieber at the 2015 Boot Diving Show Image Credit: Rosemary E Lunn

Within the last 48 hours an exciting announcement has been made which has the potential to revolutionise Scubapro's computer line. Johnson Outdoors - whose brands include Scubapro and Sub Gear - has announced that they have acquired SEABEAR.

SEABEAR specialises in the development of underwater instrumentation. This European company was founded and is headed up by Dr Arne Sieber. Sieber is a research scientist with knowledge of applied sensor technologies. His work has been published in peer reviewed journals, he has filed 9 patents and spoken at many international diving conferences such as EUROTEK.

Now Arne Sieber is joining Johnson Outdoors' 'Diving Unit' which makes and markets Scubapro dive equipment. A spokesman for Johnson Outdoors stated that "SEABEAR’s technology expertise will strengthen innovation and enhance opportunities."

Arne Sieber stated that he shares Johnson Outdoors’ dedication to create advanced, reliable products that make diving safer and more enjoyable. "We are thrilled to join the Johnson Outdoors’ family, the SCUBAPRO brand and to be part of an exciting future,” Sieber confirmed.

Dr Dawn Kernagis Inducted Into 2016 Women Divers Hall Of Fame

Dr Dawn Kernagis, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Project Pink Tank, GUE, WKPP, Jarrod Jablonski, Casey McKinley, Duke University, DCS research, female scuba divers, WDHOF, Women Divers Hall Of Fame
Dawn Kernagis - Florida Diving Biomedical Researcher, Educational Outreach Advocate, Cave/Technical Diver (right) pictured with the author (left) Image Copyright: Karl Shreeves

On 8th March this year - International Women's Day - I posted the following about Dr Dawn Kernagis on my Facebook page.

"Bright bunny, great diver. Has much to offer to the world of diving on the research front. Her star will shine brilliantly."

Dawn has been scuba diving since 1993, primarily with GUE. Before she moved to Durham (USA) Dawn worked as GUE’s first Operations Manager. She was a Surface Manager and Team Member on the Woodville Karst Plain Project (WKPP) from 1996 - 2007. She was also the Turner Project Manger on the WKPP Turner – Wakulla record breaking traverse on 15 December 2007. (Casey McKinlay and Jarrod Jablonski took 7 hours to complete the traverse, covering a distance of 36,000 feet or 11km. The decompression penalty on this dive was 15 hours).

In 2010, Dawn conceived and launched Project Pink Tank. The aim of this study is to improve understanding of diver health issues in breast cancer survivors.

Dawn completed her Ph.D. at Duke University in 2012, where she studied the genetics of decompression sickness and mechanisms of oxygen toxicity in divers. Dawn has worked on diving physiology research projects through IHMC, Duke, DAN, and Karolinska Institute in Sweden, including studies focused on decompression sickness, immersion pulmonary edema, oxygen toxicity and carbon dioxide retention in divers.

Dr Dawn Kernagis is a Mentor and Grant Writer with Water Women, Inc.