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.

Jarrod Jablonski talks 'Mars' by Rosemary E Lunn

Jarrod Jablonski, GUE Founder and CEO of Halcyon, made a whistle stop tour of the UK in September 2013. He gave two talks on 'Mars Makalos' - or 'Mars the Magnificent'. This aptly named 16th century warship took quite a bit of finding. She was discovered in May 2011 after a twenty-year search by a team of divers from Ocean Discovery that included GUE's Richard Lundgren.

To put the wreck into context, it would be fair to say that Mars is Sweden’s ‘Mary Rose’, and the comment that ‘this is the wreck find of the century’ is probably quite correct. Mars is considered so important that the current King of Sweden visited the team to see for himself how the exploration work is going.

Grahame Knott, John Kendall, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, Jarrod Jablonski, DiveLife, The Shipwreck Project, GUE, Santi, Suex Scooters, EUROTEK, TEKDiveUSA, advanced and technical diving conference,The Underwater Marketing Company, Halcyon
From left to right; Grahame Knott (technical skipper and The Shipwreck Project), John Kendall (UK Santi distributor, GUE Tech and Cave Instructor), Rosemary E Lunn (The Underwater Marketing Company, EUROTEK and TEKDiveUSA co-organiser) and Jarrod Jablonski (GUE Founder and Halycon CEO) at DiveLife.
Image Credit: Jason Brown / Bardo Photographic

The story of Mars and her subsequent discovery could be taken out of any ‘Boys Own’ annual, so it was no surprise that over 100 divers attended Jarrod’s talk, hosted by Manchester based DiveLife. Southern divers were not neglected either - Jarrod also spoke at Aquanauts in Plymouth.

Jarrod is a charismatic fluid speaker, and gave a highly entertaining presentation, actively involving his audience. He vividly brought images of a bunch of exceedingly large, very well preserved timbers and cannons to life, explaining about the ‘maritime battlefield’. Mars sank during a ferocious battle between Sweden and Denmark, and there is plentiful evidence of this. Divers were able to see how the ship burnt and they also found cannon balls embedded in the timbers. I was entranced, and Mars is now firmly included on my bucket list of diving.

I found watching the story of the exploration dives and the logistics involved enlightening. Having been involved with running the logistics on two HMHS Britannic expeditions, I can appreciate just what goes into running a major dive. The GUE ethos of running a unified dive team, standard gases and set way of rigging diving equipment, makes perfect sense when it comes to project diving. It saves so much faff time, and divers who have never met before will have a greater understanding of how their diving partners will behave underwater.

Diving on Mars has been very closely controlled and monitored and it is a perfect example of what amateur divers can achieve. Richard Lundgren’s team has been working hand in glove with scientists and academics to properly document and preserve Mars and her artifacts. Certain protocols have been put in place to protect the wreck and its environment. Lundgren’s team are trying to minimise the amount of oxygen in the water, therefore this has primarily been a rebreather expedition. And there has also been limited lifting of artifacts. A broken cannon and a small cannon that had previously only been seen in documents have been recovered and preserved. All the other cannons are remaining in situ for the time being. It looks as though work will continue in this significant wreck for many years to come.

Incidentally if you missed Jarrod speaking about Mars, you have the opportunity to see Richard Lundgren talk at the Nautical Archeology Society Conference on Saturday 2nd November in Portsmouth. More details on this can be found on the NAS website.

Article published: Sport Diver UK, November 2013 issue

Life on 'Mars' according to Jarrod Jablonski

DiveLife, a Manchester based scuba diving centre, has pulled off a major coup. They will be hosting a talk given by GUE's Jarrod Jablonski on 'Mars the Magnificent'.

Mars the Magnificent Richard Lundgren Rich Lundgren Jarrod Jablonski GUE EUROTEK Award Winner OZTek TEKDiveUSA Rosemary E Lunn Roz Lunn The Underwater Marketing Company DiveLifeThis warship sank off the Swedish coast during a fierce battle in 1564, with a loss of 440 men and a full compliment of over 100 huge cannon. After a twenty year search a team led by Richard Lundgren found her in 2011. Many consider Mars to be the marine archaeological find of the century.

The last time Jarrod spoke in the UK was in 2008, at the inaugural advanced and technical diving conference,  EUROTEK.

Jarrod will be at DiveLife on Monday 9th September. The talk kicks off at 19.30. It is free, however you will need to book a space in order make sure that seating can be arranged.

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.

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