DIVER Stage audience
With the popularity of the interactive experiences within the hall itself, DIVE 2015 will again include a rolling programme of presentations from top diving speakers on both the main DIVER Stage and the Centre Stage in the PhotoZone.
Speakers already lined up to appear include:
DIVING THE WILD PLACES
Few divers reach as many remote and often pristine dive-sites as this illustrious TV presenter and polar explorer, who has been diving the world for National Geographic.
TRAINING DOESN'T WORK
Controversy from the off! This ever-popular presenter discusses not only the problems he as an instructor sees in current scuba training, but what we can do to fix them.
FEAR, RISK & DIVING
Andy’s time as a para, diver and bomb-disposal officer in the Army allowed him to hone his risk-assessment and stress-management technique. Risks included blowing up and things could get a little stressful. Applying these skills to cave and deep-diving projects, he argues that fear is good – and risk may not be what we think. He’ll look at how to make a seemingly insane project safe – and how he deals with fear and anxiety.
Monty reports back from his latest expedition, still top-secret as we went to press – though we believe sharks were involved! His custom diving Land-Rover and Humber RIB combo will be at the Show too.
THE ALL-TIME TOP 10 DIVING MISTAKES
The all-round diver surveys the hit-list of diving cock-ups and draws vital conclusions as to how, when things go wrong, we can survive.
The man who straightened us all out about the contents of our favourite Red Sea wreck, and he’ll be back with a new twist on “Thistlegorm’s Cargo” which requires you to get involved. Alex has some images he would like your help with, but also wants you to submit any interesting (particularly old) photos or footage of vehicles and artefacts from the wreck that you may have been unable to identify.
CLAIRE GWINNETT & LAURA
The two underwater crime-scene investigators from Staffordshire University's Forensic & Crime Science department deliver a course that is unique in the UK. They plan to use real dive-related case studies to take us on a forensic-analysis journey.
DON'T BE ‘THAT GUY’ ON THE BOAT!
Based on her varied experiences working and diving around the Orkney and Shetland Isles, Helen has many tales to tell about UK liveaboard divers – and being a female in a still very male world.
GILL McDONALD & JANE MORGAN
FAR & NEAR, ALL LIFE IS HERE
Reprising the “my dive-site is better than yours” format that hit the spot at LIDS, Jane and Gill debate the relative merits of exotic dive destinations v colourful life-filled UK waters in a true battle of the photographs!
SHARK FEEDING: RIGHT OR WRONG?
The globe-trotting photo-journalist has a new book out about his shark-diving adventures – and few divers have encountered quite as many sharks as he has.
SAEED RASHID & NIGEL WADE
The Clinic is back, giving you a chance to take part in a Q&A session with two of diving’s top photographers. Both are masters of camera technique, and if post-production skills are the issue, Saeed is your man.
ALEX MUSTARD & MARTIN EDGE
Top photographers? They don’t come much bigger than this heavyweight pairing – but they’re keeping the subject of their two-man presentation close to their chests for now.
NICK & CAROLINE ROBERTSON-BROWN
BEST WILDLIFE SITES
The professional photographers talk about the highs and lows of trying to capture the images they needed for a new book – expect some great visuals!