Mark Powell, renowned author of ‘Deco for Divers’, (the award winning guide to decompression theory) and one of the UK’s leading technical diving instructors, has booked his ticket for Rebreather Forum 3. A diver since 1987, Mark has a passion for wreck diving. We asked him why he is attending RF3.
“When Rebreather Forum 2 was held in 1996 it was one of the most influential events in the development of technical diving. I’m therefore expecting RF3 to be even more significant event. The opportunity to get so many divers, instructors, manufacturers and experts together in one place is invaluable. The rebreather industry is at a critical point in its development. Lessons have been learned regarding training, operations and design of units and I expect RF3 to consolidate these lessons and set the direction for the way rebreather diving develops over the next few years”.
What are you looking to get out of Rebreather Forum 3 Mark?
“My main goal is to meet as many people as possible and learn as much as I can. Simon Mitchell is a ‘must see’ as his talks are always entertaining and incredibly insightful and I also want to listen to Jill Heinerth and Richard Pyle. The safety and decompression workshops are the ones I most want to attend and I will definitely be looking forward to the talks by David Doolette, Petar Denoble, Andrew Fock and Bill Stone.
This conference promises to be a lot of fun as well. Whenever divers get together we love to talk and the Beach BBQ Loud Shirt Party on the Friday night sounds intriguing. And if the Gala Banquet on the Saturday night measures up to that at EUROTEK I know we’ll be in for a cracking evening. If you’re serious about your diving, why would you not attend RF3?!”
About 20 minutes drive from Gdansk Airport is Gdynia - the location of this year’s Baltictech Conference. (Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November).
The speaker line up is impressive; Jill Heinerth, JP Imbert, Tom Mount and Phil Short.
Amongst the usual suspects are some lessor known names with some hot topics. Łukasz Piórewicz will be speaking about Baltic for the beginners, whilst Dr Zdsiław Sicko discusses Aseptic necrosis and other less known threats in decompressive diving. Meanwhile Author and diver Dorota Łeweć is talking on Psychophysical predispositions and medical aspects of diving women. One talk sure to garner a lot of attention will be the one give by Richard Lundgren. He will be speaking about the latest wrecks to be discovered in the Baltic. It’s hoped this will include news on “Mars” - a 16th century Swedish warship littered with cannons, that outshines the Vasa.
Conference Tickets cost €70 and include entry to all presentations, workshops, seminars, the exhibition, conference dinner and diving party. You need to book by 30 October 2011. Log onto www.baltictech.com for more info and the recommended airline is Wizz Air.
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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