GUE Offers Dryruns At Boot

GUE, Boot Show, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Rich Walker, Yvonne Pietz

Just how slick are your 'dry runs'? Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) is inviting every diver that attends the Dusseldorf based Boot Show the chance to gain some free training and improve their techniques. It doesn't matter what experience you have (sport recreational diver or a technical diver) or what equipment configuration you dive (standard BCD or backplate and harness system).

GUE 'dry run' field drills include;

  1. How to tie boltsnaps
  2. The S-Drill - safety / gas sharing drill
  3. How to make a safe gas-switch
  4. Isolation manifolds - how they work and how to do a valve drill
  5. Setting up a back-plate and harness
  6. How to configure your suit inflate system
  7. How to assemble your regulator and hoses
  8. How to deploy a surface Marker Buoy

Click here to sign up for your voucher and your free Dry-run!

This is also a great opportunity to discuss skills and drills, get equipment advice, share your passion for the underwater realm, or plan an underwater session with an instructor at a GUE Experience Day later in the year. You can also check out various presentations on the TauchTurm or watch pool demonstrations.

This German based show kicks off on Saturday 17th January and the show is open until Sunday 25th January. You can find GUE in Hall 3, Booth E06, located next to Beyond The Shore (BTS), Halcyon and DUI.

33rd International Shipwreck Conference Tickets Now On Sale

IMASS has confirmed that tickets for the 33rd International Shipwreck Conference are now on sale. IMASS (International Maritime Archaeology and Shipwreck Society) organise this event as a forum for divers, explorers and shipwreck enthusiasts.

Shipwreck Conference_Rosemary E Lunn_Roz Lunn_The Underwater Marketing Company_Rich Walker_Project TigerThe 2015 speaker line up includes;

  • Leigh Bishop – Sierra Leone Expedition 2014
  • Neil Dobson – SS Central America
  • Richard Keen – Roman wrecks in the Channel Islands
  • Richard Larn OBE – the wreck of the Admiral Gardner
  • Dave Parham – the Swash Channel wreck
  • Rich Walker – Project Tiger

The date for your diary is Saturday 7th February 2015 and it will be held at the Robbins Centre, University of Plymouth. Tickets are priced at £25 each. For more information and to book tickets to the International Shipwreck Conference 2015 click here.

 

Going underground at TEKCamp 2012

With preparations for TEKCamp 2012 moving ahead at full speed, details are leaking out about what promises to be a bigger and better event than ever before!

Kicking off on the 9th July, TEKCamp 2012 will see attendees getting involved in a range of exciting activities and talks. The highlight of the event promises to be an exclusive ‘out of hours’ field trip to the amazing show caves at Wookey Hole with CDG cave diver, Dr Duncan Price. Duncan will be taking TEKCamp attendees on a fascinating history of cave diving in Wookey as they explore these world-class show caves for themselves. Prepare to be gob-smacked by the breath-taking beauty of these amazing caves - but watch out for the Wookey witch!

TEKCamp, Rich Walker, Vobster Quay, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Mark Powell, Paul Toomer, Martin Robson, Phil Short, Duncan Price, Wookey Hole, skills, buoyancy control, D-SMB, British diving, UK Diving, diving skills, Kevin Gurr, rebreathersTEKCamp 2012 is a unique opportunity to 'speed date' ten of the UK's foremost technical diving instructors at Vobster Quay in Somerset. Over five solid days, attendees will participate in a series of in-water skills development and coaching sessions, lectures and talks - all designed to give divers a unique opportunity to develop and improve their diving skills and knowledge under the guidance and coaching of some of the UK's foremost technical instructors. Some of the biggest names in technical diving will be giving attendees the benefit of their considerable knowledge - names already committed to the event include Martin Robson, Phil Short, Paul Toomer, Rich Walker and Mark Powell.

For recreational and budding technical divers alike, TEKCamp 2012 offers a unique opportunity to improve your skills and increase your diving confidence under the direct guidance of some of the UK's foremost technical instructors. Buoyancy control need work? Finning technique less than efficient? Wish you could pop up a DSMB mid-water without losing control? TEKCamp 2012 will fine tune these skills and more...

Attendees can look forward to a packed schedule of talks throughout the week covering a broad range of diving subjects. The talks schedule is still being finalised but attendees can already look forward to...

• MONDAY 9TH - Acclaimed cave diver John Volanthen will be presenting a fascinating talk on the expedition to dive the cave system at Pozo Azul in Spain. John and other team members managed to set a new record for the worlds longest cave diving penetration, covering a distance of over 9 km!

• TUESDAY 10TH - Ever-popular rebreather cave expert Phil Short will be headlining Tuesday evening. Phil will be giving a talk entitled '20 Years in Diving: The good, the bad and the ugly'. If Phil's previous talks are anything to go by, this one is sure to be packed with seat-of-your-pants anecdotes and humour!

• WEDNESDAY 11TH - Fancy a field trip? On Wednesday night, TEKCamp attendees will be heading down to Wookey Hole for a guided tour of the stunning show caves lead by none other than CDG explorer, Dr Duncan Price. This promises to be the highlight of the week so don't miss out!

TEKCamp, Vobster Quay, Duncan Price, Wookey Hole, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Phil Short, Kevin Gurr, Rich Walker, Mark Powell, Martin Robson, diving skills, twinset course, stage handling, DSMB deployment, line laying, tech rescue

• THURSDAY 12TH - Pioneering technical diver and rebreather guru Kevin Gurr will be returning to TEKCamp 2012 to give another fabulous talk. Marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, Kevin will be taking attendees on a journey to the world’s most famous wreck. Recounting his own dive to the RMS Titanic onboard the MIR submersible, wreck dives don’t get much bigger than this!

• FRIDAY 13TH - Friday night is party night at TEKCamp 2012 will a celebratory hog roast to mark the end of another very successful event. The instructing team will be in attendance, giving attendees the opportunity to rub shoulders and chat with some of the biggest names in diving. We'll also be running our raffle with prizes galore up for grabs!

Tickets for TEKCamp 2012 are selling fast with over 80% already snapped up but there's still time to get yours. Two ticket options are available offering either five or nine training sessions over the course of five days. For more information on booking options, visit www.tekcamp.co.uk

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;
http://www.sportdiver.co.uk/News/Latest-News/Global-Diving-Conference-set-for-November
http://www.divemagazine.co.uk/news/latest-news/5553-global-diving-conference.html
http://www.xray-mag.com/content/global-diving-conference-12%E2%80%93-13-november-2011-kiel-germany

Improve your personal diving at TEKCamp 2011

Sponsored by Fourth Element, the inaugural 'TEKCamp' will be held from Monday 25th to Friday 29th July 2011 inclusive. Join ten of the UK's top technical diving instructors for five days of solid diving, lectures, presentations and - of course - fun at Vobster Quay, Somerset UK. 

"Time and again when a diver is considering going down the technical route they always ask the same question - 'who should I train with'? ", stated Martin Stanton, owner of Vobster Quay.  "The consistent sensible answer given is 'that it's not a specific training agency but down to the quality and ethos of the individual instructor'. 

Until now it was a bit of a Catch 22 situation. The only way to find out if a specific instructor's teaching style was for you was to physically book onto and take a course.  At Vobster we therefore decided that an opportunity to 'speed date' some of the UK's foremost tech instructors from the leading agencies would beVobster Quay logo the way forward, with the emphasis focused on a week's personal improvement diving.  Every TEKCamp student gets to take part in a daily in-water workshop with three of their TEKCamp peers covering everything from equipment configuration, twinset diving and finning techniques to a try dive on a closed circuit rebreather, with each workshop taught by a different instructor.  By the end of the week every TEKCampee will have been taught by five different instructors.  These 'taster' sessions will be invaluable for any diver wanting to take up or further their technical diving training.  And it helps them decide if this type of diving and certain teaching styles were appropriate for them.  Some diver benefit from a more military approach adopted by some instructors, whereas others respond to a more pragmatic down-to-earth instructor. 

I'm delighted to say that for TEKCamp 2011 we've secured the services of the very 'crème de la crème' of UK technical diver education - ten really experienced instructors from the four top training agencies. We'll be announcing the full dream team shortly although we're proud to announce that names already signed up include Martin Robson (IANTD, NSS-CDS & NACD), Phillip Short (IANTD UK Training Director), Richard Stevenson (TDI & IANTD) and Rich Walker (GUE UK Training Director - luminary figures not only involved in teaching but also known for diving at the very cutting edge of expedition-level tech.

Whether you're a recreational diver looking to take on a whole new challenge or an experience technical diver looking to broaden your diving horizons, this is an unique opportunity to learn from and dive with some of the biggest names in technical diving.

Rich Walker of GUE UK stated "the opportunity to work alongside the UK's best tech instructors was too good to miss. The way in which the event is structured will allow divers interested in moving to tech diving to get a real picture of the different approaches and styles of teaching available. I can't wait!" 

During the week TEKCampees will also benefit from a five day Guest Pass to Vobster Quay including unlimited day diving, two half hour lectures every lunchtime (each Instructor will deliver one lecture), a Guest Speaker every evening, the ability to dive equipment from key manufactures, six days onsite camping, and a BBQ's every evening where divers can spend time and chat to the instructors informally. TEKCamp 2011 will culminate in a celebratory Hog Roast on the Friday night.

Places are limited at TEKCamp 2011.  To book your place simply log onto www.tekcamp.co.uk . Divers should be a minimum of Sport Diver / Rescue Diver with 50 logged divers preferably with a Nitrox Qualification.  For those who are not Nitrox certified Vobster will run a special course on Sunday 24th July.

Press Coverage includes;
http://www.divemagazine.co.uk/news/latest-news/5440-try-tech-diving-at-tekcamp.html
http://www.divernet.com/home_diving_news/921938/somerset_hosts_technical_diving_taster.html
http://www.xray-mag.com/content/tekcamp-2011

Related Links;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCMjc2Xth40&feature=player_embedded

Technical Training to enjoy a renaissance as IANTD UK changes ownership

Following an 18 month hiatus, the UK franchise of IANTD (International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers) has been bought by the dream team behind the revitalised Vobster Quay - Martin and Amy Stanton.

“In the early 90’s when Kevin Gurr set up IANTD UK, it was the first technical diver training agency in Europe”, stated Martin Stanton, Director of IANTD UK.  “We’re therefore genuinely excited that the mantle is now passing to us.  We’d like to thank Kevin Evans and Simon Watton for caretaking the agency since 2008, and wish them well in future projects.  Now we’re in for a very exciting time because currently IANTD UK (www.iantd.uk.com) is in a very good position to grow and expand.  After all virtually every experienced diver and instructor in the UK has done an IANTD training course at some point in their career.

Whilst this announcement doesn’t immediately seem to be that important to ‘the diver in the sea’, it’s of more significance to the UK Dive Shops and Training Centres.  “From today we delighted to announce fulltime superior support ensuring same day despatch of materials, efficient processing of qualification cards and high Quality Assurance. 

We know that at the end of the day a good course primarily comes down to the quality of the Instructor rather than the Agency.  A good way of demonstrating this is by looking at Mark Powell (TDI), Phill Short (IANTD) and Rich Walker (GUE) in the water - there’s not much to tell them apart.  So get a well trained experienced instructor and you gain so much more from your course.  Hence it’s very important to us that we focus on high Quality Assurance and Training, delivering from the top downwards.  Consequently we’re delighted to announce that Phill Short will be the new UK Training Director whose remit will include Standards of Training”.

“As an Instructor, Instructor Trainer and Instructor Trainer Trainer who has maintained loyalty to one Technical Agency throughout my career - IANTD - I’m honoured that Tom Mount and Joe Dituri have asked me to be involved with the new management team at IANTD UK”, stated Phill Short.  “I was very lucky to be introduced to the world of Technical Diving and the diving opportunities it could offer me by Kevin Gurr.  Over the years I’ve gained experience through teaching, and knowledge on further instructor courses and diving on many cave and wreck expeditions. I also consider myself fortunate that I’ve been trained and evaluated as a Cave Instructor by Tom Mount.

Being appointed UK Training Director and work alongside Martin Stanton is very exciting because it gives me the perfect opportunity to share some of the incredible things I’ve learnt over the last fifteen years.  I very much look forward to raising the quality training bar with my colleagues to help create safer and better educated divers at all levels”. 

IANTD UK can be contacted by email on info@iantd.uk.com or telephone 0845 644 0635.

Press Coverage includes;
http://sportdivingblog.analox.net/?p=50
http://www.xray-mag.com/content/iantd-uk-changes-ownership
http://addictedtoscubadiving.com/Article/Technical-training-to-enjoy-a-renaissance-as-IANTD-UK-changes-ownership-.html
http://www.bahamaben.com/96/technical-training-to-enjoy-a-renaissance-as-iantd-uk-changes-ownership.html
http://bigbluetechnews.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/iantd-uk-ownership/

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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