Want to know about diving a DUI Drysuit? Talk to Rich Walker at DIVE.2011

People attend Dive Shows for many different reasons, and a major one is to shop for a drysuit.  There is a lot of choice for today's diver and sometimes it can all seem a bit overwhelming.  So where do you start?  One sensible option is to visit a dive show and talk to all the different suit manufactures.  You should soon find something that suits your style of diving today, and of equal importance, your future diving too.

Rich Walker, Wreck and Cave, GUE, DIVE.2011, Birmingham Dive Show, DUI, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, dive shows, UK Dive shows, Fundies instructor, GUE instructor, scuba divingRich Walker (Wreck & Cave and GUE's Director of Technical Training) will be on hand to assist potential DUI Customers on Stand 835 (SDS Watersports). If you've always fancied one of these suits, why not come and talk to him at DIVE.2011. Rich actively dives DUI because he thinks they're the only manufacturer that makes a drysuit that matches the style of diving he does.

DIVE.2011 will be held on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October 2011, at the NEC, Birmingham, England.

Calling all Divers – "come to Kiel this November"

This year's Global Diving Conference will be held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November in Kiel, with the headline speaker being 'the man who packs every lecture room - Professor Simon Mitchell'.

For those of you who have not yet had the privilege of listening to Simon speak, you're in for a treat. He's an anaesthesiologist, a diving physician and one of the Southern hemispheres leading lecturers in the field of scientific diving physiology. But what sets Simon apart from other diving doctors is his uncanny knack of being able to explain about PFOs and CO2 retention to a three year old. Suddenly large slabs of information just fall into place and one leaves the lecture theatre wondering "now why didn't I see and understand that before, it's so obvious". It's little wonder that at Oztek people were turned away from his presentations simply because the room was full. The same happened again at EUROTEK, so here's a hot tip. Be in his lectures early. You'll laugh a lot and learn quite a bit too.

During the weekend you'll also get the chance to listen to the likes of Pierre-Yves Cousteau, Phill Short, JP Imbert and Jarrod Jablonski. 

Over 15 speakers will wax lyrical about exciting topics such as the Wrecks of the Baltic Sea, the Castleguard Canadian Cave Project, Cutting-Edge Decompression Theory, Disputed Diving Practices, Thresher Shark Research, Human Factors, UK Cave Diving, and the discovery of a Prehistoric Fish; the Quatenflosser.

To register your place at the Global Diving Conference (held at the Christian-AlbrechtsUniversity) simply log onto http://www.globaldivingconference.com/registration/conference

A weekend pass including Dinner on the Saturday night comes in at US$142 (approx £87) which is cracking good value. And the very best page to get information on travel logistics is http://www.bwl.uni-kiel.de/econ/anreise-e.shtml

So come and meet old friends, make new ones, hear what people have been up to on diving projects, enjoy the social and get invitations to go diving.

Press Coverage includes;

Rich Walker Profile – X-RAY MAG’s Rosemary E. Lunn caught up with Walker to find out more about his experience and expertise.

Rich Walker is a full-time instructor with Global Underwater Explorers in the United Kingdom, but has worked for nearly 15 years at the University of Sheffield as a researcher studying how blood flows around the body. His knowledge of physiology and physics gives him a unique edge as a diving instructor.

Where did you learn to dive?
In 1990, I was a medical physicist designing electronic diagnostic equipment based at St Barts Hospital in the City of London. One day, I walked past a colleague’s office and recognised a BCD and a set of regs hanging up. I’ve always had the desire to dive right from when I was a small child. The key influence had been my parents because Mum and Dad met through scuba diving.

From a very early age, I can clearly remember gear lying around the house and playing with it in the bath. But in the 1970’s, children were not encouraged to go diving by BSAC, so it just didn’t happen.

Now was my chance to embrace all things rubber, and I asked my colleague how I could start. “Come down to the club on Tuesday night,” he said, and it went from there. I joined the Polytechnic of North London Sub Aqua Club.

I’d always been a swimmer, so to be able to be underwater and breath at the same time was just mind blowing. And when I dived in the sea and saw fish and wrecks, I was hooked. I trained up to BSAC Advanced Diver level and became an Open Water Instructor spending my weekends happily exploring the myriad of South Coast wrecks, from Swanage to Plymouth.

Then my boss dropped a bombshell. He’d been given funding to move him and his team up north, and I had a choice whether to continue with my PhD or not. I was two years into modelling the Femoral Artery, and with two years work to go, Sheffield seemed the right move.

As I was still technically a student, I joined the Sheffield University Sub Aqua Club and served time as their Diving Officer and their Advanced Training Officer. It was whilst I was at Sheffield that I got introduced to Scottish diving.

My first trip was to Lochaline and the Sound of Mull. It’s fair to say that it blew me away. I couldn’t believe that there was all this diving completely neglected by South Coast divers. The life was more prolific, the wrecks were in better shape, easier to get to and the Sound of Mull was far more sheltered than the South Coast. For five years, I pretty much dived Oban and Lochaline solidly with an odd trip to Ullapool and Scapa Flow thrown in for good measure.

And then I dived out of Aberdeen. One of the women in the dive club came from Aberdeen, so we stayed at her house for a weekend, and we hit the East Coast. You know how some dives are forever etched on your soul? Well, what I remember was being astounded by the incredible viz coupled with big, big wrecks and seriously large animals. It was my first experience of Wolf Fish, and they were everywhere. And then, you got the usual marine life, but it was supersized. When I eventually dived Norway, it reminded me vividly of diving Aberdeen.
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