#TBT: OceanPostive Meets Ghostfishing @ Boot.2016

Fourth Element, Ocean Positive, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Boot Show, Pascal van Erp, recycled clothing, EUROTEK advanced diving conference
Ghost fishing meets Fourth Element thanks to the OceanPositive catalyst - from left to right Pascal van Erp, Rosemary E Lunn, Jim Standing @ 2016 Dusseldorf Boot Show

A small but historic meeting took place at this year's Dusseldorf's Boot Show.

After 'virtually' working together for several years, Pascal van Erp of Ghostfishing.org met with Jim Standing from Fourth Element on Tuesday 26th January 2016. The catalyst that initially brought them together in 2013, and then introduced them in real-life in 2016 was TUMC's Rosemary E Lunn (aka Roz).

"From a young age I had been brought up to recycle and respect the environment," stated Roz. "So when I heard Pascal talk at a European diving conference about the ghost fishing project, including how the recovered fishing gear is recycled into usable, knittable nylon, I was hooked. I instantly knew that this project would also jibe with Fourth Element's ethos. They are as engaged with the environment as I am - both our companies know how important it is to recycle, reuse and reduce.

As soon as I could, I briefed Jim Standing, knowing that he and Paul Strike had the vision and knowledge to create something rather lovely and useful, whilst closing the 'grave to cradle' circle. Little did I realise that one phone call would result in the genesis of OceanPositive.

Jim Standing and Dr Sylvia Earle

I was incredibly lucky to meet with Dr Sylvia Earle at the 2014 DEMA Show and talk to her about OceanPositive. When I was subsequently able to introduce her to Jim Standing and show her the OceanPositive range, it was a momentous moment because this clothing range is very close to my heart.

I spend my professional life putting people and businesses together. It is rather like doing a jigsaw puzzle, joining two seemingly random pieces together to make a proper picture. I can see a product, service or person and know who the matching right person is in the diving industry. I have found watching OceanPositive evolve and grow utterly fascinating. It was therefore very special introducing Pascal to Jim in person for the first time."

Ghost Fishing Comes To EUROTEK.2016

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Pascal van Erp

It has just been announced that 'Ghost Fishing' founder Pascal Van Erp is to speak at EUROTEK on 8th and 9th October 2016.

Pascal is a passionate temperate wreck diver. However much to his dismay, he often found the North Sea wrecks he was diving were covered in nets that 'ghost fished'.

'Ghost Fishing' is the term given to an abandoned fishing net, snagged on reef or wreck, that continues to trap marine wildlife. The marine life eventually dies, whilst the net continues to fish. It is estimated that up to 640,000 tonnes of nylon fishing gear lurks beneath the ocean, and more is added daily.

One day on a dive, Pascal recovered some net. It changed the ethos of his diving - from being an ardent wreck diver to a passionate environmental diver. He was soon heading up a team of divers actively recovering discarded and trapped nets from Netherlands waters. The 'Ghost Fishing Foundation' was born.

Ghost fishing, Pascal van Erp, Heather Hamza, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, EUROTEK speakerToday a number of divers from Global Underwater Explorers are involved around the world (Germany, Greece, Pakistan, Spain, USA) with this dangerous, demanding and hazardous pursuit. And it has even come to the UK! Last year Pascal lead a team of Brits to recover ghost fishing nets in Scapa Flow.

You might think the story would finish there, but that would be to underestimate this tall quiet Dutchman. Pascal wanted a suitable solution. The answer was to recycle the recovered fishing gear into usable, knittable ECONYL® nylon yarn.

Enter stage left EUROTEK co-founder Rosemary E Lunn. She heard Pascal speak about the Ghost Fishing Project and thought the new fabric fascinating and something that divers would want to wear. She briefed Fourth Element about the project knowing that this Cornish company is heavily environmentally focused. In 2014 Fourth Element fully closed the loop on the recycling circle, by launching their 'grave-to-cradle' 'OceanPositive' range of water-wear garments.

Pascal Van Erp is going reveal the latest projects the Ghost Fishing Foundation have been involved in at EUROTEK.2016. Tickets for this advanced diving conference are selling quickly. To secure your pass click here.



John Dalla-Zuanna Receives OZTek 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award

OZTek 2015 Technical Diver of the Year, OZTek 2015 Industry Recognition Award, OZTek 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award, OZTek 2015 Media Excellence Award, John Dalla-Zuanna, Richard Vevers, Richard Evans, Lance Robb. OZTek 2015 Award Winners, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, The OZTek Awards celebrate the achievements and endeavours of Australia's leading Divers and Dive Industry personnel - the people who have helped push the boundaries of knowledge and exploration in the field of advanced and technical diving.

On Sunday 15th March 2015, during the Gala Award Ceremony, previous OZTEk award winner Dr Richard 'Harry' Harris announced OZTek's 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award. This is what Harry had to say to packed audience of advanced and technical diving movers and shakers.

"It is an enormous honour to be asked by the OZTek Organisers to present this very well deserved award to a close friend, a wonderful dive budy, a mentor and a constant voice of reason in the mad world of technical diving!

I would like to break with tradition and ask this man - John Dalla-Zuanna - to come and join me up here, whilst I tell you why he is such a special guy in this great sport of ours.

At the cheeky young age of just 58, JDZ is truly a veteran of the sport of cave and technical diving. Cave diving in Australia started pretty much at the time JDZ started cave diving, so it is impossible to consider one without the other. Around the time the CDAA became incorporated in 1973, JDZ started visiting the Mount Gambier area. He cut a fine figure in Piccaninnie Ponds with his Moray suit! He became qualified in 1975 as member #256 and from that time on was inspired by the sport. A trip in the late 70's to Florida to meet Sheck Exlley, Wes Skiles and Woody Jasper quickly led to adopting sidemount diving, and feeling the thrill of laying line in virgin passage.

OZTek 2015 Harry Harris and JOhn Dalla Zuanna by Rosemary E Lunn
Dr 'Harry' Harris introducing cave diver John Dalla-Zuanna at the 2015 OZTek Award Dinner Photo Credit: Rosemary E Lunn / The Underwater Marketing Company

Thus the passion was born and returned to Australia and began teaching both open water and cave diving. He has reached the highest levels of recreational and cave diving instructor. And, as a long time FAUI instructor, a PADI Course Director and CDAA Advanced Cave instructor, countless students have come under his thoughtful and methodical influence. The CDAA has benefited enormously from John's vision for cave diving, and he has filled a voluntary position with that organisation in some form or another almost continuously. Ken Smith always said that he used to think cave diving politics were a matter of life and death, and now he realises it is much more serious! JDZ has been a calming influence on all factions of the CDAA for many yearss and is unique in that he is respected and heard by all sides.

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Cave diving explorer Paul Hosie @ OZTek.15 Photo Credit: Rosemary E Lunn

I met John at OZTek in, I think, 2003. We had been exchanging emails for awhile and I was about to leave to live in Vanuatu. John had built a rebreather heads up display from an LED light and a mobile phone vibrating motor! He generously gave me this device to put onto my KISS rebreather, which considerably enhanced the safety of my cave exploration at the the time.

After my stint in Vanuatu JDZ was one of the instructors on my penetration course and we struck up a real friendship underscored by our passion for caves, rebreathers and exploration. John had dived in so many caves around the world and along with guys like Paul Hosie, Craig Challen and Ken Smith, I quickly found a group of experienced cave divers who mentored me into the world of exploration and expedition diving. I am sure John has had a major impact on many other peoples' lives, the way he has influenced mine.

JDZ's ingenuity goes way back. He built a radio detection device called 'the Thumper' which played no small part in the mapping of Mount Gambier's showpiece, 'Tank Cave'. John was an early adopter of closed circuit rebreathers, and along with Tubby McKenzie the early leaky valve CCR Dolphin was born and dived to 85 metres on the Bayonet in the ships graveyard in Victoria. It was this creation that caught my eye and got me into rebreathers in 2002.

John the inventor became an indispensable part of the Wetmules team. (Moto: Lurching from crisis to crisis). His lithium scooter batteries propelled Craig Challen and I to the end of Cocklebiddy in 2008, where Craig added new line to the end of the cave. They also now famously caused the fire which burnt my car to the ground on the way home! His early 12 volt heated undergarments kept us warm in the Pearse Resurgence and his wonderful pasta kept us fed.

OZTek 2015. Dr Harry Harris, battery fire, Cocklebiddy Cave Exploration, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company
Dr 'Harry' Harris contemplating the fact that his beloved Mk15.5 rebreather was now a blackened blob inside the burnt out shell of his Nissan Patrol. (Along with all his other diving equipment, camera system, camping equipment, laptop and clothing). Harry was his way home from a two week cave diving trip to Australia's famous Cocklebiddy Cave in summer 2008, when he spotted smoke in the rear view mirror. 10 minutes after pulling over, everything was destroyed by fire.

John is a regular ocean and wreck diver. He has numerous sub 100 metre / 328 feet wreck dives to his credit and continues to teach young divers open water diving through the La Trobe university club, sharing his passion for all things aquatic. His huge passion right now is the 3D mapping of cave using a combination of video and gaming technology, and in this area he is becoming a world leader. I hope many of you got to see his talk on this today. As the current Site Director of CDAA he shows no sign of letting up, and I look foward to sharing many more dives with this wonderful friend and great ambassador for the sport of technical diving.

2015 OZTek Speakers, Heather Hamza, Alberto Nava, Richard Nicholls, Jayne Jenkins, Richard Taylor, Paul Raymaekers, Ben Reymenants, Liz Rogers, Dave Ross, Ken Smith, Lance Robb, Martin Parker, Simon Pridmore, Sue Crowe, Rod Macdonald, Daren Marshall, Barry McGill, Pete Mesley, Rosemary E Lunn, Simon Mitchell, David Strike, Dr Catherine Meehan, Michael Menduno, Richard 'Harry' Harris, Lamar Hires, Paul Hosie, Deborah Johnston, Richard Lundgren, Heather Hamza, Liam Allen, Michael Aw, Peter Buzzacott, Matt Carter, Steve Cox, John Dalla-Zuanna, John Garvin, Laura James, Paul Haynes, Paul Toomer,
The 2015 OZTek Speakers

John Dalla-Zuanna, please accept this Outstanding Achievement Award for your long standing contributions to cave and technical diving."


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Yes! You Should Still Do Your Rebreather Prebreathe

Beneath The Sea Show, Dr Simon Mitchell, DAN Rolex Diver of the Year, Dr Neal W Pollock, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Pod Diver Radio, Joe Cocozza, rebreather, prebreathe, diving safety
Joe Cocozza (sat to the left) interviews Dr Simon Mitchell on pre breathing a rebreather


In July last year I wrote a LinkedIn blog calling for Auckland based divers to take part in a rebreather study that was being conducted by Dr Simon Mitchell and Dr Neal Pollock.

The results of this useful research were first unveiled to the world in September 2014 at EUROTEK, the European Advanced Diving Conference. Dr Simon Mitchell presented 'The Five Minute Prebreathe: Sensitive Test For CO2 Scrubber Problems Or A Waste Of Time' to a packed hall of international delegates.

Since then there is some mixed messaging about should rebreather divers do a prebreathe? Or is it just a waste of time? If you didn't attend either EUROTEK or OZTek and hear Simon Mitchell's talk, what should you be doing?

Joe Cocozza of Pod Diver Radio interviewed Dr Simon Mitchell at this year's Beneath The Sea show about this hot topic.

During the interview Dr Mitchell stated, "this study has been mis-interpreted by some people to suggest that the prebreathe is completely useless. We are not staying that. We absolutely believe that a prebreathe should be still be done for the other reasons. Checking the loop function is correct, adding oxygen and maintaining a set point. These are all critical things.

What we are saying is that you should not do a five minute prebreathe in the expectation that it will reveal any carbon dioxide problems. Or put it another way, if your five minute prebreathe is ok or appears ok from a CO2 point of view you cannot rely on that. That is the point we are making. Of course you should always do a prebreathe."

To hear this interview in full, click here.

Help Shape The Future Of BSAC!

BSAC, British Sub Aqua Club, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving surveyThe British Sub Aqua Club would like feedback from the diving community to understand how it can use digital tools and services (website, data management, emails, social media etc) to better effect.

To that end they have commissioned an independent research study. They would like to hear from existing members and lapsed members. The survey is also for divers or snorkellers that have never been a member of BSAC. This is your opportunity to feed into the process and have your views taken on board.

As a small thank you for completing the survey, all participants will be entered in a prize draw to win one of five AP Diving Self-sealing Surface Marker Buoys worth £30 each.

The survey will be open until midnight on Thursday 12th February.

You can take the survey now via this link.

Book Your Live Streaming Tickets For 'International Techmeeting 2015'

International Techmeeting 2015, Bratislava, Peter Kubicka, Rosemary  E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, advanced and tech conference, EUROTEK


Can't make the 'International Techmeeting 2015' in Bratislava this weekend? Organiser Peter Kubicka will make some of the talks in Hall F2 available via Livestream. In addition, there will be live streaming from the opening of the Hall of Fame and TM2015's prize giving ceremony.

The price for online access is € 49. You will be able to view live, and then offline for 30 days, where you can view each talk up to five times. Follow this link to purchase your online access ticket.

In case of technical problems, please call: +421 903 568 929.

Cold Water Diving 'Love Story' Revealed

Boot Show 2015, Adam Wood, Apeks, Aqua Lung, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Dean Martin, Christine Wilson, scuba diving Scotland, diving PR
'Technically Inspired" debuted at the Boot Dusseldorf Dive Show, hence the German Subtitles

Apeks has today revealed a sneak preview of 'Technically Inspired'. Having viewed this 'short' film we think it to be an amazing love story / tribute to temperate water diving.

'Technically Inspired' was shot in the depths of winter off Scotland and guest stars Adam Wood. If you are a true ardent cold water diver, this film will push your buttons and clearly demonstrates why we love scuba. It beautifully showcases why diving in the UK (when it is good) is some of the very best in the world.

Avid scuba diving fans will certainly have fun spotting key iconic diving locations and a pub that has welcomed many a diver over the years.

We look forward to seeing 'Technically Inspired' released in full soon.

Sat Diving Film 'Pressure' Debuts At Glasgow Film Festival

Pressure, sat divers, Paul Haynes, Rod Macdonald, Danny Huston, Matthew Goode, Joe Cole, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Glasgow Film Festival, Haynes Macdonald ServicesIt has been announced that the film 'Pressure', starring Danny Huston, Matthew Goode and Joe Cole, will debut at Glasgow's Film Festival next month. This film is about about 3 saturation (sat) divers who get stranded at depth when their tether to the topside DSV is severed. 

Haynes Macdonald Services in the shape of Paul Haynes and Rod Macdonald provided maritime support behind and in front of the camera. Paul got a cameo role. All will be revealed on 23rd February as to whether he made the final cut.

Diving Pioneer Lotte Hass Has Died

The Hans Hass Institute has announced that Women Divers Hall of Fame member Lotte Hass passed away on Wednesday 14th January 2015. She was aged 86.

Lotte Hass, Hans Hass, Adventure In The Red Sea, Shark Project, Hans Hass Institute, A Girl On The Ocean Floor, Women Divers Hall of Fame, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving, female divers, Drager rebreatherKnown by some as the “First Lady of Diving,” she was the first woman to dive with autonomous diving equipment. Lotte began diving in 1949, working alongside her husband Hans Hass filming “Adventure In The Red Sea”. It was at this time she learned how to use a Drager closed circuit rebreather.

Against strong opposition, she worked as an underwater photo model before moving behind the camera to become the first female professional underwater photographer. Her work opened up a formerly male-dominated field to women. The spectacular film scenes showing her diving with sharks certainly contributed to the big success of her husband Hans Hass’ movies in the 1950s.

After leaving the public limelight she focused on being an advisor to her husband Hans. They were happily married for more than 62 years, until his death in June 2013.

If you are curious to know more, her autobiography is entitled “A Girl On The Ocean Floor”. In 2011 it was adapted into a film staring Yvonne Catterfeld as Lotte.

The Hans Hass Institute has asked that donations in Lotte’s memory be made to support SHARKPROJECT, an organization dedicated to stopping the destruction of the oceans and the extinction of sharks. Please click here to donate. In addition an online condolence book has been set up here.

NDAC Launches Diving 'Winter Warmer'

Decisions, decisions. Where to dive? If you are based in the UK, you might well be tempted by this winter warmer. South Wales based National Diving & Activity Centre is running a cheeky promotion until the end of February 2015. They have reduced their entrance price by 50% to say 'thanks for your continued support and loyalty'.

This means that members will only pay £5.50 for a days unlimited scuba or rebreather diving, whilst non members will pay just £8.00.