The DEMA Reaching Out Award was first presented in 1989. This award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to the sport of diving by “reaching out” in some special way to improve the sport for everyone.
This year PADI stalwart Al Hornsby and SSI's Doug McNeese are the recipients of the 2017 DEMA Reaching Out Award. But who else was nominated for their work in developing recreational and technical diving?
The following are the 2017 DEMA Reaching Out Award nominees.
They include environmentalists, explorers, photographers, manufacturers and educators. The names are listed in alphabetical order. Some names will be familiar to you, some less so.
Click on a name or photo to find out more about these fascinating nominees.
This morning Suunto unveiled their DX at the 15th International Salon de la plongee sous-marine dive show in Paris.
The DX is the very first of its kind to feature CCR compatibility. This is a non-monitoring setpoint dive computer that works as a support computer for the rebreather to 150 metres. It also contains all the advanced dive functions for open-circuit divers such as trimix support including helium and oxygen, with the capability of 8 gas switches.
Suunto Fused™ RGBM algorithm
The DX benefits from the new, advanced Suunto Fused™ RGBM algorithm. This algorithm was developed by Suunto in conjunction with Dr. Bruce Wienke. Suunto state that it seamlessly combines the benefits of the Suunto Technical RGBM with the latest full RGBM for deep dives. With no input from the diver, Suunto Fused™ RGBM automatically switches between the two modes to effectively manage the risks of decompression sickness. The new algorithm provides a slow continuous ascent from depth so technical and deep divers have a shorter total decompression time. It is also suitable for recreational divers, helping to maximise bottom time and minimize ascent time, so they can get the most out of their hobby. For more information and Dr. Bruce Wienke’s interviews on the Suunto Fused™ RGBM algorithm, check out www.suunto.com.
The Suunto DX includes the following features:
FOR REBREATHER DIVING:
- A setpoint, non-monitoring dive computer with dedicated CCR mode
- Configure up to 3 different diluents
- Adjustable high and low setpoints, as well as custom setpoint during dive
- Automatic setpoints switching at specified depths
- Possibility to switch to open circuit mode in case of bailout
FOR ALL DIVING:
- New, advanced Suunto Fused™ RGBM for CCR, technical and recreational diving
- Trimix support including helium and oxygen
- Gas switching between up to 8 gases
- 3D tilt-compensated digital compass
- Five modes: CCR, air, mixed gas, gauge, and off
- Optional wireless air integration
- Built-in dive planner
- Detailed graphical logs and dive data on your computer using Suunto DM4 software
FOR EVERYDAY ADVENTURES:
- Stunning, compact design
- Hard-wearing premium materials:
- Titanium case and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass
- Optional titanium bracelet
Suunto Ambassador and leading cave explorer Jill Heinerth helped to develop the Suunto DX. “The Suunto DX is one of my support computers that go with my rebreather. It’s easy to integrate it into a rebreather dive plan, or any dive plan – open or closed circuit. It has one of the most accurate digital compasses, which I use to survey and make maps as well. It can really do anything, and it’s a beautiful, wearable watch. It has everything you need in a very small package, and it handles itself well under any conditions.”