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.

PADI's TecRec Blog – All Time Top Ten

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 has just published their 'all time top ten blogs' on A bitter sweet moment for us. Roz's article - 'A Deceptively Easy Way to Die' - had the largest number of hits. The advice is still pertinent if you have not read it.

Here's a link to the top 10 articles.

The Underwater Marketing Company's 2014!

Sport Diver Magazine, Mark Evans, Apeks Aqua Lung, Shearwater Research, Suunto Dive Computers, TEKDiveUSA, Randy Thornton, Light Monkey, Tom Mount, Diving Awards, Rebreather Forum 3, RF3, Dr Richard D Vann, Dr Neal W Pollock, Dr Petar J Denoble, Girls on Gas, Rebreather divers, Inner Space, Divetech, Nancy Easterbrook, James Roberton, Poseidon Rebreathers, Steve Newman, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, diving Cayman Islands, Scuba Radio, Greg Holt, XRay Mag, X-Ray Magazine, Anglesey ScubaFest, EUROTEK, advanced and technical diving conference, The ICC, Dive Rite, DEMA Show, The Underwater Marketing Company, New Product Showcase

2014 was a fantastic year for The Underwater Marketing Company. Rosemary E Lunn (Roz) regularly contributes to a number of diving publications, including Sport Diver Magazine and X-Ray Magazine. Getting your work printed is always special. But nothing is quite so thrilling as being featured on the front cover.

The first half of the year was taken up consulting on and establishing an inaugural technical diving event in North America; TEKDiveUSA. Roz and the Thorntons were supported and assisted by some amazing and talented Smurfs, and the international team of speakers, sponsors and exhibitors weren't bad either. A favourite memory was being grabbed by gleeful Tom Mount who was chuffed to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

From Miami Roz flew straight to Grand Cayman to work Divetech's Inner Space. If every dive centre was as well run as Nancy Easterbook's establishment, the diving industry would be in great shape. This week long event attracts rebreather divers from all over the world for a number of reasons, including the plethora of underwater attractions this tropical island offers. The highlight of Inner Space was being made an ambassador for Poseidon Rebreathers, a fun time machine with the ability to do some serious diving.

The summer saw the publication of the long awaited Rebreather Forum 3 Proceedings. (Click the link to get your free copy of this invaluable resource from this 2012 international safety symposium). Anyone involved with or diving rebreathers ought to read it.We attend a number of scuba shows and events throughout the World. In the USA Roz often bumps into Greg the Divemaster from Scuba Radio. This online radio show has been broadcast for 17 years. It is always good to be able to contribute to this programme.

In August, 200 divers descended on North Wales for The Anglesey ScubaFest. Diving, snorkelling, discover scuba, freediving clinics, kit try dives, bands, beach combing, beverages and bonne amid. £100 was raised for local charities and a good time was had by all.Time for another fab event. In September 500 divers, industry movers and shakers, explorers, experts and specialist exhibitors from all over the globe headed for the ICC in Birmingham. EUROTEK Advanced Diving Conference, the major European advanced and tech diving conference turned 4 this year! Our gorgeous gala awards dinner was even more glittering and we raised £4,000 for the Rubicon Foundation, thanks to the generosity of divers and sponsors alike.

It only seemed days later that it was DEMA Show in Las Vegas. Roz worked with Dive Rite on the launch of their new LX 20 Primary handheld torch. It was great to help produce a sexy display iin the New Products Showcase.So that is glimpse of some of the highlights of 2014 - a year of scuba event management, journalism and PR. Here is to a great 2015!

Watson DeVore Joins RAID Team

Dive Industry personality Watson DeVore has joined the dive training agency, RAID.

"What I enjoyed most about my time as Director of Education for SSI Globally was feeling like I was part of a family. When I left the dive industry, I thought it was for good, but I guess once you are in the dive industry for as long as I was, almost 26 years, it’s hard to leave something you are so passionate about. I am really excited to be back and most of all, I feel like RAID has put the family back together again.

Watson DeVore, SSI, Dive RAID, Steve Newman, Nancy Easterbrook, Divetech, Grand Cayman, Inner Space 2013, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Paul Toomer, Paul Haynes
Steve Newman (left) and Watson DeVore (right) enjoying a beverage during Divetech's rebreather week, Inner Space 2013

Paul Toomer (former Director of Technical Training for SSI), Mike Wells (former Director of SSI Freediving), Jim Holliday (former CEO of SSI Australasia), Col McKenzie and his team from SSI Australasia and Mark McCrum (former Manager SSI Australasia) are all part of the team at RAID HQ. I working alongside them for years. I am also excited to be working with many of the former SSI distributors, now RAID around the world again.

It has also been great to see the rest of the RAID Executive team assembled. It’s almost like a whose who of the global dive industry. Colleagues include Terry Cummins (ex PADI VP) and James Rogers (ex PADI UK Director), and rebreather expert Paul Haynes. All these guys are committed to making some big changes in the dive industry and it will be wonderful to be part of something so new, yet based on an unbelievable wealth of industry experience.

Having personally co-authored and written more manuals than most people in the dive industry, I know the challenges with getting them right, especially the first time. For example, by the time you print a student manual, the information can be out of date. So with the 100% digital solution that RAID offers across 60 different courses, you will always have the most current information at your fingertips.

I did not make the decision to come on board with RAID lightly. I took a good look at how the programme was put together, and the way it handles quality control is simply unbelievable. The way the skills are taught in the water at the beginner level is not a re-write of old ideas or concepts, but rather a totally new way to teach. I believe this new way will improve the quality of diver training for years to come.

I also saw what RAID has been able to achieve corporately in such a short period of time since their re-launch early this year. Regional offices already in Australia, Asia, Africa, Italy, Korea, Philippines, Middle East, Latin America, UK and now the USA – You have to agree that this is impressive in anyone’s language and a testimony to what this global team is capable of achieving.

And again, one of the main reasons I have chosen to become a part of RAID is the fact that I will be working hand in hand with my longstanding family and friends from around the world."


BSAC Diving Conference 2014 Winners Announced

BSAC logo_Rosemary E Lunn_Roz Lunn_Mary Tetley_BSAC ConferenceThe 2014 BSAC Diving Conference was held on Saturday 25th October at the Birmingham NEC. Attending delegates enjoy a packed and informative programme of BSAC news, diver training updates and open forums.

During the conference BSAC announced the full list of BSAC Diving Conference 2014 award winners:

– for the most meritorious candidate on the Open Water Instructor course

  • Winner: Lee Evans

 for the most meritorious candidate on the Advanced Instructor course

  • Winner: Chucky Kane

FIRST CLASS DIVER – awarded to the successful 2014 candidates

  • Alan Brown
  • Dai Atkins
  • Dominic Robinson
  • Duncan Reed
  • Robert Sewell
  • Simon Child
  • John De Lara
  • Joli Riley
Martin Parker, AP Diving, BSAC Diving Officer Conference, Mary Tetley, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, BSAC Awards, Colins & Chambers OWI Diving Award
Simon Child (left) was presented with an AP Diving BCD by Martin Parker of AP Diving

 awarded for the most admirable performance in the First Class Diver exam

  • Winner: Simon Child


 awarded to the successful 2014 candidates

  • Maria Harwood, Martin ‘Smudge’ Smith

 awarded to the person who performs most meritoriously in the National Instructor exam

  • Winner: Martin ‘Smudge’ Smith

 awarded for the most admirable performance in a BSAC nationally assessed examination

  • Winner: Martin ‘Smudge’ Smith

BSAC SAFETY AWARD – presented in recognition of endeavouring to save a life without involving diving techniques

  • Winner: Colin Hill

 awarded for the use of good diving lifesaving techniques


  • Malcolm Avis
  • Claude Carletide
  • Mark Edmunds
  • Zack Halim
  • Jim Hallyburton
  • David Horton
  • Natasha Scott
  • John Sharp
  • Martin Smith
  • Ian Stirling
  • Fraser Sweeny

 for the branch judged to have done the most infurthering the interest of BSAC and its members

  • Winner: Bradford SAC
  • Commended: London No 1 Branch

BSAC EXPEDITION TROPHY – presented to the organizer of the most significant British diving expedition of the year

  • Winner: Darwin SAC

to the person/s who in the opinion of the BSA Jubilee Trust has contributed to international cooperation and harmony in diving and associated activities

  • Winner: Dr Ian Calder
Scubapro Cousteau Award, Jeff Reed, Margaret Baldwin, BSAC DOC, BSAC Awards, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Mary Tetley
Margaret Baldwin being awarded the Scubapro Cousteau Award by BSAC National Diving Officer Jeff Reed


 for the BSAC member who goes that extra mile in the promotion of the club’s aims and objectives

      • Winner: Margaret Baldwin

BSAC WRECK AWARD (new for 2014)

      • Winner: Severnside Sub Aqua Club
        – report on the SS Baygitano

Highly Commended:

      • Guildford Sub Aqua Club (HMT Pine)
      • Chester SAC (A tale of two trawlers.)
      • Calshot Sub Aqua Club (Sunderland Flying boat)
      • Richard Scarsbrook BSAC member individual entry (SS Stassa)


      • Folkestone Sub Aqua Club (HMHS Anglia)
      • Mauritius Underwater group (HMS Sirius)

Thank you awards:

      • Chris Odell
      • Colin McCarthy
      • Jamie Heptonstall
      • Andy Botten
      • Steve Capes
      • Roy Evans
      • Kevin Holmes
      • Dave Bell
      • John Gibbon

More photos and news from the BSAC Diving Conference 2014 can be found here.