In Spring 2010 Aqua Lung purchased Whites Manufacturing; a company that specialises in the development and manufacture of Diving Drysuits. Whites Drysuits are dived by recreational, military, public safety, and commercial divers around the world.
One of their most popular suits is the patented Whites Fusion Drysuit. The unique design of this suit has changed the way that divers view the ‘drysuit’. It offers them comfort and mobility in a lightweight package, that is easy to don and doff.
Aqua Lung has just announced that starting from today (1st October 2014) all drysuits, undergarments, associated drysuit accessories that are produced by Whites Manufacturing, and supplied through Aqua Lung dealers will be branded Aqua Lung.
Image: Apeks Aqua Lung Ambassador Garry Dallas, pictured in his Whites Fusion Drysuit, during the 2014 Anglesey ScubaFest
Credit: Jason Brown / Bardo Photographic
Environmental Physiologist, Dr Neal W Pollock
There is now a reasonable choice when it comes to heated vests. They are also becoming more affordable and in reach of every day divers. It would seem that DIY torso heating solutions are not always a wise move however, and a surgeon has just advised against the use of heat packs after an accident; Irish Examiner
When it comes to 'off the peg' heated devices, are they the magic bullet for solving thermal stress? Dr Neal W Pollock, an environmental physiologist will be speaking about the “Myths and Misconceptions of Thermal Stress and Physiology" at TEKDiveUSA in Miami on the 17th May 2014.
“Diving is carried out in a tremendous range of thermal environments and conditions. The extremes demand extra consideration, but, ultimately, a well- equipped polar diver can be more comfortable than some tropical divers. Potentially more important than comfort, though, is the fact that thermal status can dramatically influence decompression risk.
This presentation will consider the impact of thermal status on comfort, performance and decompression safety. One of the hot areas (pun intended) for diving equipment is ‘active heating.’ Technological improvements are providing divers with more options, but it is important to be mindful of risks as well as benefits.”
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Dr Neal Pollock measuring decompression stress in a technical rebreather diver during Divetech's Inner Space, using transthoracic echocardiogram technology
Do you want to get trained by a renowned diving and environmental physiologist? Dr Neal W Pollock will be heading up the DAN 75th Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Course in May. This six-day course will be held at Little Cayman Beach Resort in Little Cayman from Saturday 3rd to Saturday 10th May 2014. The course is designed primarily for physicians. It may be of value to emergency medical personnel, paramedics, nurses and other professionals with interest in diving as well.
The program delivers a range of topics to orient participants to the state of the art of diving safety, diving medicine, hyperbaric medicine and environmental physiology. Classroom time includes lectures and interactive case studies sessions.
Presentation topics include:
- Medical and physical fitness to dive
- Diving safety - issues and current research
- Hyperbaric medicine - applications, protocols and mechanisms
- Decompression physiology and pathophysiology
- Diving injuries and management
- Considerations for thermal stress, altitude exposure, freediving and special populations
- Controversies in diving medicine
Further information is available here.
Rebreather Forum 3 - an international safety conference about rebreathers - was held in May 2012. Over the course of three days a number of presentations were given on many aspects of rebreather diving.
Dr Neal W Pollock, a diving physiologist from Divers Alert Network / Duke University gave a lecture on thermal physiology and protection.
THERMAL PHYSIOLOGY AND PROTECTION
Dr Neal W Pollock
9:15, Friday 18 May 2012, Boca Room III
“Diving is carried out in a wide range of environments and conditions. Thermal stress can be an important issue, particularly for the long exposures often associated with technical diving. Proper preparation can improve comfort, performance and safety. This presentation will discuss thermal stress, thermal protection, and implications for diving health.”
Dr Pollock's biography can be found here.
Photo Credit: Professor Simon J Mitchell
Renowned speaker Dr. Neal Pollock has just confirmed he will be talking at the UK Diving Trade Show. This is being held on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th November at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Warwickshire.
“I’m delighted that Neal has found time in his busy diary to come and to talk to us”, stated Vini Howlett, Chairman of the Scuba Industries Trade Association. “Having a speaker of high renown and such credentials attend the UK Diving Trade Show, will be immensely useful to all the attendees. Neal will be talking on two hot topics. ‘Thermal stress and diving’ and ‘How fit is 'fit to dive' '.
For those of you who've not yet come across Dr Neal Pollock before he's a Research Director at Divers Alert Network (DAN) and a Research Associate in the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology at Duke University Medical Center.
Neal’s academic training is in zoology, exercise physiology and environmental physiology. He’s actively involved in projects of flying after diving, breath-hold safety, and ultrasonic assessment of decompression-induced bubbles. He’s also an active diver and his field research has taken him to the Antarctic six times, diving the polar waters.
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