Award Winning Diving Stars Speaking In Chicago Today

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Jill Heinerth and Neal Pollock during the 2016 Bell Island Expedition - Photo Credit : Steve Lewis

Two explorers and a diving doctor are headlining 'Our World Underwater' in Chicago this weekend.

You can find Jill Heinerth, Richie Kohler and Dr Neal Pollock at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont.

Jill and Neal have just flown in from Newfoundland - they were part of a team exploring and surveying the Bell Island Mine - and are pictured here in Conception Bay South.

They are going to be talking on subjects close to their heart.

Jill is speaking about the science of cave diving and giving advice on rebreather diving, whilst Neal will be discussing managing decompression stress and concerns of the aging diver. You can find the talk schedule here.

Dive Rite, Lamar Hires, Jared Hires, Our World Underwater Chicago, Transpac, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba divingIn between talks visitors have the opportunity of perusing the very latest in scuba diving equipment. Whether you are looking for your first snorkel or first rebreather, you should be able to find it here.

If you are considering more adventurous diving it is worth checking out Dive Rite. This company extensively designs and tests their gear by taking it real life diving. In reality it means that you benefit from equipment that fits properly and is capable of supporting the dives you want to do.

Did you know that several rebreather divers use a Transpac harness underneath their unit because it is so comfortable and hard wearing? And that many divers are diving Dive Rite products that are 10 - 20 years old because they are durable and so well made?

Last Olympian, Our World Underwater Chicago, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Richie Kohler, Rebreather Forum 3, O'Three Drysuits, scuba diving, wreck divingDive Rite equipment would not be out of place being dived on *HMHS Britannic.

Britannic is **RMS Titanic's bigger sister, and she also sunk. But why did she sink?

Britannic was being built in Belfast when Titanic sunk early on the 15th April 1912. Titanic's catastrophic loss was such a shock to her shipbuilder - Harland & Wolff - that the engineers redesigned the mighty Britannic so that she would not share the same fate as her sister. But she sank twice as quickly as Titanic. How was that possible?

A man with some answers is wreck explorer and deep sea detective Richie Kohler. Richie is going to be talking about 'A Decade of Exploration on HMHS Britannic'. And, if you are lucky, you might even be able to get your paws on a copy of his latest book, 'The Last Olympian'. Why not get it signed!

*   HMHS = His / Her Majesty's Hospital Ship
** RMS = Royal Mail Ship (sometimes Steam-ship or Steamer)

BSAC Forum Goes Offline

"It is with sincere regret and disappointment that BSAC wishes to inform its members that The BSAC Forum will be suspended for the foreseeable future. BSAC is unable to ignore the ongoing risk the forum presents to its members and volunteers individually, and to the organisation financially.

BSAC Forum, scuba diving forum, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing CompanyWe have always tried to accommodate our members’ more passionate opinions on the forum. None the less, the arguments were tolerated on the understanding that they remained good natured and in good grace on all sides. Sadly last week the debate was taken offline, resulting in threats of civil and Police action against BSAC and a member of the forum management team. BSAC cannot ignore these events, the anxiety caused to our members, and the disruption and time it takes our HQ staff to process these complaints.

BSAC recognises the forums have given the majority of participants a great deal of valuable information and entertainment over the last 10 years. We are genuinely sorry to see them go offline at this time and hope to find a way to return them in the future.

Members wishing to contact BSAC for diving related enquiries can call 0151 350 6200 or email"

BSAC Member? Received Your Pre-Election Email?

BSAC, dive with friends, BSAC elections, BSAC Council, BSAC Chairman, BSAC Treasurer, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing CompanyThis year elections for the positions of BSAC Chairman, Honorary Treasurer and Council are being conducted by Electoral Reform Services. The process will be (almost) wholly electronic.

If you are BSAC member you should have received an email in the last couple of days stating this. However if your email address is invalid or do you do not have an email address, you can contact BSAC HQ on 0151 350 6200 to update your details or register for a postal vote.

Monarch / Sharm Flight Update

Yesterday - Tuesday 16th February 2016 - Monarch issued the following update regarding flights to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh.

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"Monarch has continued to liaise closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Department for Transport (DfT) and the UK Government over the travel advice to Sharm El Sheikh.  Whilst we are aware of the recent assessment of security procedures at Sharm El Sheikh Airport and welcome this progress, we appreciate there is further work to be done to reopen this airport to the travelling British public.  Currently, the advice from both the FCO and the DfT remains unchanged from November and advises customers against all but essential air travel to Sharm El Sheikh Airport. However, Monarch is mindful of the ongoing government level discussions to restart UK flights to Sharm El Sheikh, which could allow the Easter period to operate as planned. 

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Image Credit: London Media

As there is no change in advice at this point, Monarch has extended the cancellation of flights to and from the UK and Sharm El Sheikh Airport up to and including Thursday, 24th March 2016.   In the event that the advice does not change by next week (26th February 2016), Monarch will make further cancellations including the Easter period. It remains Monarch’s objective to operate flights to Sharm El Sheikh once approval is granted.

Customers who are affected by these cancellations are entitled to change a booking to a later date or rebook to another destination on the Monarch network. Customers can also request a credit note towards future travel or a refund.

Monarch Airlines, Flights to Egypt, Flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing CompanyFor customers looking for an alternative destination, Monarch has additional flights to mainland Spain, Faro, Gibraltar, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Tenerife. Other alternatives for a winter sun escape include the Red Sea resorts of Hurghada and Eilat and Cyprus, Agadir and Madeira. Details of these together with other suggestions for a winter holiday getaways can be found on our website.

Flight only customers can contact the Monarch Customer Contact Centre on 0333 003 0700 or email Customers who have booked a package holiday should contact Monarch on 0333 777 4744.

The safety and security of our passengers will always remain our number one priority and whilst this ongoing situation is beyond our control, Monarch would like to apologise to all affected customers for the inconvenience that it has caused."

X-Ray Mag & Sabine Kerkau Win 2016 DIWA Awards

DIWA Awards, Dr. Friedrich Naglschmid, X-Ray Mag, Taucher.Net, Rico Besserdich, Rose Kefrig, Udo Kefrig, Wolfgang Thom,  Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing CompanyDIWA - 'Diving Instructor World Association' - was founded in 1972. It is an international organisation for commercial diving instructors.

In 2015 DIWA launched five awards to acknowledge and recognise outstanding and important efforts in professional diving. The DIWA Award categories are:

* diver training
* journalism
* photography
* information
* noted contribution

These annual awards are announced at the Boot Dusseldorf Show in Germany.

DIWA instructors nominate the candidates. The winners are then decided by the directors of DIWA International.

This year X-Ray Mag and Editor, Peter Symes, received the DIWA Award for information. X-Ray was established in 2003 as 'the first digital diving magazine'. (At the time pretty much all magazines were printed.)

DIWA acknowledged that X-Ray Mag was the trail blazer in digital dive publishing, establishing a high quality international magazine that consistently publishes fresh scuba stories, sourced from across the globe.

Sabine Kerkau's sustained writing and technical diving exploration efforts during the last 15 years were also recognised. She received the DIWA journalism award. Kerkau's work has been published in WETNOTES (the German advanced and technical diving magazine), Tauchen and X-Ray Mag. During the award speech DIWA compared Sabine Kerkau to Indiana Jones, saying she was a great role model and inspiration for technical divers.

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2016 DIWA Award Winners: Sabine Kerkau (Journalism) and Peter Symes (Information)

Henry Jager was given the DIWA award for photography, Uwe Fleischmann received the DIWA award for diver training, whilst Vladimir Putin was announced as the DIWA 'noted contribution' award winner, for protecting the Siberian Tiger from extinction.

The 2015 DIWA Award Winners were;

Dr. Friedrich Naglschmid (noted contribution)

Rose and Udo Kefrig (journalism)

Rico Besserdich (underwater photography)

Taucher.Net (information)

Wolfgang Thoma (diver training)


Vote For Bevan & The Diving Museum

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The Diving Museum was founded in 2011 in Gosport, Hampshire. It is housed in a Victorian Battery. One of the driving forces behind this project is John Bevan. He recently entered The Mirror's 'Visit England Tourism Superstar 2016' award.

This award is given to someone who goes the extra mile to ensure tourists in England have an unforgettable experience.

John Bevan has now made the shortlist! This is a big deal and will help put British diving and the Diving Museum on the map. It will also help save the Battery.

Please spare a few seconds, support historical diving and vote for John Bevan. Voting closes at midnight on 28th February. Only one vote per person is allowed, so every vote counts!