Buy TEKDiveUSA.2014 Tickets In March & You Could Win a Light Monkey Lighting System

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Happy St David's Day one and all.

The 1st day of March also marks the start of something special for TEKDiveUSA.2014 attendees. For the next 30 days you have the opportunity to win a rather beautiful Light Monkey 26 watt LED lighting system worth US$1,530!

Simply buy a day or weekend ticket for TEKDiveUSA.2014 during March 2014. Then be at the Friday night BBQ social (17th May) where the draw will take place. You must be present to win this gorgeous lighting system. And if you have already bought your tickets, you are automatically entered for this amazing draw.

Just make sure you buy a BBQ ticket and you are there on the night.

Simplifying NICs for the self-employed

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is considering plans to simplify the way self-employed people pay National Insurance Contributions (NICs).

HMRC National Insurance Contributions Rosemary Lunn Roz Lunn The Underwater Marketing Company Self EmployedHMRC is exploring whether it would be simpler to collect these contributions alongside Class 4 NICs and Income Tax through the Self Assessment process. The aim is to reduce the administrative burden on self-employed people. The proposals have been published for consultation, and the self-employed and those who represent them are encouraged to respond to the consultation by 9 October 2013.

Useful Human Resource Statements

Can you write a Human Resources Policy using fewer than 140 characters? Personnel Today posed that question, and it has spawned some interesting and quite useful results. You can search this on Twitter using hash tag #shorterHR.

Personnel_Today_Human_Resource_policy_Roz_Lunn_Rosemary_E_Lunn_The_Underwater_Marketing_CompanyHighlights include;

We hired you because you are an intelligent adult - please act accordingly

E-mail policy: Engage Brain Before Clicking on "Send"

Mobile Phone Policy: Switch it off.

If you're not doing things properly and you don't improve, we may dismiss you.

Dress code: You are not clubbing, gardening or at the beach. [NB: for lawyers replace with "You are going to a funeral."]

Restrictive covenants: Don't nick our clients, staff or suppliers. Or our price list.

Email and Internet Usage Policy: Don't look at porn or waste too much time.

The Verdict is in – The 2011 UK Diving Trade Show

250 Trade Personnel (including Dive Centre Owners, Shop Managers, Pro Instructors, manufacturers and distributors), 20 Exhibitors, 6 members of the Diving Media (British Diver, Diver, Dive The World, Scuba, Sport Diver, X-Ray Magazine), 6 Training Agencies (ANDI, BSAC, GUE, IANTD, PADI, SAA), 2 members of the HSE Diving Inspectorate and 1 professional cartoonist attended the 2011 UK Diving Trade Show on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th November 2011.

During the two day event 12 talks were given covering topics such as "Ecopreneurship" (David Jones), "Is your website working for you?" (Richard Howes), "The down and dirty on image copyright" (Simon Brown), "The BSAC snorkel diver course" (Margaret Baldwin) and "Power Up with Proven Business Practices" (Simon Chance).

Dr Neal W Pollock, (the Canadian version of Professor Simon Mitchell), DAN America's Research Director and the event's key note speaker went down a storm with the attendees.

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Key Note Speaker Dr Neal W Pollock (DAN) & Show Organiser Rosemary E Lunn (TUMC)

He gave two exceptionally useful, entertaining and educational talks to industry personnel covering "How fit is 'fit to dive' " and "Thermal stress and diving. "I've been inspired to start exercising again after listening to Neal", observed one delegate.  Meanwhile a number of the audience in the Thermal Stress talk soon discovered that they were probably not bordering on hypothermia following a winter dive at Stoney Cove. While less exciting on the fish story scale, they were merely "just cold".

Cold water featured heavily during the UK Diving Industry Christmas Party when award winning cinematographer, Doug Allan, gave a mouth-watering presentation on the BBC's Frozen Planet series.  The talk kicked off with a brilliant sequence filmed from a helicopter.  The shot began with a wide view across the polar ice that continually tracked to eventually swoop in low, and closed with a very tight image of a Polar Bear. Over the next 30 minutes Doug transported the entire audience to polar regions with his superb imagery and stories.

Another man with an interesting story was Fraser Bathgate.  This year he was the first Brit to win the DEMA Reaching Out Award, and this was acknowledged during the Dinner - Fraser received a much deserved standing ovation for the work he has done in the field of disabled diving.  It was fitting therefore that the raffle was in aid of Deptherapy and raised just shy of £1,500.  SITA gratefully acknowledges the generosity of BBG Distribution, Rod Roddenbury, and everyone who donated something yummy for the two Christmas Hampers.

There were more reasons to celebrate success and the party was the perfect place for SITA to thank and honour Douglas Nash of PADI.  He is retiring shortly after more than 32 years service to the Industry.  Vini Howlett, Chairman of the Scuba Industries Trade Association presented Doug with an engraved decanter whilst highlighting key aspects of Doug's career.

On the product front, the 2011 UK Diving Trade Show saw the British debut of more than 50 products including Fourth Element's Core Body Warmer, Storm Jacket and Arctic one piece.  "This was a good opportunity to meet many of our UK Dealers and will form an important part of our UK activity in years to come", stated Jim Standing.

Meanwhile, over on the Hollis / Oceanic stand Kelvin Richards stated, "I did not get much of an opportunity to go and listen to the speakers due to the overwhelming work load. This was the UK unveiling of the Hollis Explorer Rebreather and there was huge interest in it.  It made me proud to see the trade platform come back into our industry and Oceanic/Hollis will certainly support all future trade events".

The Poseidon stand was also packed, as Simon Morris launched 46 new products.  "It was important to us to showcase our latest equipment range to the UK Diving Industry who couldn't make it over to Orlando for DEMA". New products include the "One" wetsuits, Rebreather wing, Rebreather BCD with the counter lungs built in, line cutters, wet boots, rash vests, iPAD holder, laptop bag, stage cylinder bag and fins.

Attendees included Chris Wake of Christal Seas Scuba who left his newly constructed dive centre and drove over from Norwich "to meet up with suppliers and other people in our Industry.  I found it useful catching up with industry personnel I've not seen in ages and the social side was great.  It was well worth attending".

Premier Diving Equipment, a new company to the diving industry attended the UK Diving Trade Show for the first time.  "We came to meet people we've been talking to for the last 12 months", explained Rachael Bell.  "We've made a lot of new contacts and it was good to be able to spend time with key players and explain our product range to them.  The talks were really interesting, especially Neal Pollock's Thermal Stress because we're just about to launch a heated vest.  I think what's equally important is that from a personal point of view, I really can't wait to get out and do some more UK diving"!

Images from the UK Diving Industry Trade Show can be found on

Press Coverage includes;

DEMA 2011; Hollis Gear acquires Recreational Rebreather design from VR Technology

Explorer Sport Rebreather, Hollis, CCR, DEMA 2011, Nitrox, PADI, Rebreather, Rosemary E Lunn, Rosemary Lunn, Roz Lunn, SCR, Type R, VR TechnologyHollis Gear is due to unveil a “game changer” in the world of Rebreather technology this afternoon at DEMA 2011.

Hollis Gear and VR Technology have teamed up to co-launch the Explorer Sport Rebreather. This is neither a fully closed circuit Rebreather nor a pure semi-closed system, but an intelligent hybrid that utilizes the best of both worlds. Apparently it's compact, lightweight and extremely easy to use.

The Explorer is unique in using a single gas; Nitrox, and is electronically controlled to achieve an optimal balance of PPO2 and dive time. Plug and Play absorbent cartridges, easy guided setup with “go or no go”, CO2 tracking, and 2 hour design duration should make this a dream for any recreational diver. It's also designed to meet the PADI 'Type R' requirement.

Visitors to DEMA can visit Stand 1747 for more information.