Rubicon Foundation & Project Pink Tank receives funding

We were privileged and most delighted to present a cheque to the Rubicon Foundation on behalf of Maxshow Limited earlier this month.

Maxshow is a diving equipment distributor in the UK. One of the product ranges they distribute are Miflex low pressure and high pressure hoses. Maxshow recently ran a promotion on their vibrant pink Miflex hoses, with a donation of the sale going to the Rubicon Foundation's research programme 'Project Pink Tank'. More information can be found here.

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Pictured here from left to right are Gene Hobbs of the Rubicon Foundation, Rosemary E Lunn of The Underwater Marketing Company and Dr Dawn Kernagis of Project Pink Tank.

It was a fantastic moment being able to hand this cheque over at the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology at Duke University Medical Center earlier this month.

Myths and Misconceptions of Thermal Stress and Physiology" at TEKDiveUSA

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Environmental Physiologist, Dr Neal W Pollock

There is now a reasonable choice when it comes to heated vests. They are also becoming more affordable and in reach of every day divers. It would seem that DIY torso heating solutions are not always a wise move however, and a surgeon has just advised against the use of heat packs after an accident; Irish Examiner

When it comes to 'off the peg' heated devices, are they the magic bullet for solving thermal stress? Dr Neal W Pollock, an environmental physiologist will be speaking about the “Myths and Misconceptions of Thermal Stress and Physiology" at TEKDiveUSA in Miami on the 17th May 2014.

“Diving is carried out in a tremendous range of thermal environments and conditions. The extremes demand extra consideration, but, ultimately, a well- equipped polar diver can be more comfortable than some tropical divers. Potentially more important than comfort, though, is the fact that thermal status can dramatically influence decompression risk.

This presentation will consider the impact of thermal status on comfort, performance and decompression safety. One of the hot areas (pun intended) for diving equipment is ‘active heating.’ Technological improvements are providing divers with more options, but it is important to be mindful of risks as well as benefits.”

To hear this and 39 other talks, book your place at North America's advanced and technical diving conference now.

Are you a North Carolina diver? DAN has a free talk tomorrow!

DAN is renowned for their educational lectures and they regularly put on a series of free seminars at the DEMA Show that all dive professionals can access.

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Dr Neal Pollock delivered a number of diving physiology lectures at the 2013 DEMA Show

For the last three years, DAN HQ in Durham (North Carolina) has been running a bi-monthly diving medicine / research / safety series of lectures at their office in West Colony Place. The talk is held on the first Wednesday of every other month at 19:00. This programme provides an excellent opportunity for anyone with a thirst for diving knowledge to listen to a variety of local experts discuss dive medicine, research, and safety.

The lecture tomorrow (Wednesday 2nd April 2014) is entitled When Pressure Changes are Not About Diving,” and will be given by Dr. Neal Pollock.

For those of you unfamiliar with Dr Pollock, he is a Research Director at Divers Alert Network and a Research Associate at the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology, Duke University Medical Center.

Divers are known to experience pressure changes as they explore the underwater world, but there is less recognition of others that face related environmental conditions. This presentation will contrast the exposures of divers with those of aviators, astronauts, miners and even canning workers.

Doors will open at 18:15 for a pre-event social, and ‘Down Under‘ very kindly serve light refreshments. The presentation begins at 19:00 and will last approximately 45 – 55 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Admission to the lecture is free, and no registration is required. So come early, come hungry and hear Neal wax lyrical about pressure changes.

The next lecture will be delivered by Niles W. Clarke. He will be discussing “The Science of Breathing Underwater on Wednesday 4th June.


Dr Neal Pollock joins top speaker line up at UK Diving Trade Show

Renowned speaker Dr. Neal Pollock has just confirmed he will be talking at the UK Diving Trade Show.  This is being held on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th November at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Warwickshire.

Dr Neal Pollock, Neal W Pollock, DAN, Divers Alert Network, Duke University, The Underwater Marketing Company,  Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn“I’m delighted that Neal has found time in his busy diary to come and to talk to us”, stated Vini Howlett, Chairman of the Scuba Industries Trade Association.  “Having a speaker of high renown and such credentials attend the UK Diving Trade Show, will be immensely useful to all the attendees.  Neal will be talking on two hot topics.  ‘Thermal stress and diving’ and ‘How fit is 'fit to dive' '.

For those of you who've not yet come across Dr Neal Pollock before he's a Research Director at Divers Alert Network (DAN) and a Research Associate in the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology at Duke University Medical Center.

Neal’s academic training is in zoology, exercise physiology and environmental physiology.  He’s actively involved in projects of flying after diving, breath-hold safety, and ultrasonic assessment of decompression-induced bubbles.  He’s also an active diver and his field research has taken him to the Antarctic six times, diving the polar waters.

If you work in the Recreational and Technical Diving Industry, and you’ve not yet booked your tickets, click here to register for your free ticket.  And this invitation includes Part Time Pro’s and Open Water Instructors and above from any agency.