There will be many more speakers, but already lined up to give presentations are:
THE THISTLEGORM CARGO
Alex Mustard’s recent article in DIVER revealed the true identities of the vehicles carried on the Thistlegorm in the Red Sea but we could show only a selection of the photographic evidence he had assembled. Get the full background story at LIDS, along with the sort of visual feast to be expected from this top underwater photographer.
THE SIERRA LEONE WRECK
In the same issue another leading photographer, wreck specialist Leigh Bishop, described an expedition to investigate a 300-year-old wreck in west Africa. The article was read by a diver who had new information on the identity of the wreck, and this follow-up story will be revealed at LIDS.
PERILS OF U/W FILM MAKING
James has been making films at the BBC Natural History Unit for more than 17 years, with two BAFTAs among his awards. As a director, producer and head of the NHU dive team he has filmed series such as Great Barrier Reef and Deadly60 – and says that under water the real dangers and challenges are usually a far cry from the imagined ones!
ARE REBREATHERS SAFE?
Over the years there have been too many fatal incidents with closed-circuit rebreathers. Rarely are they anything other than the result of human error. So how safe are these machines, including the new generation of recreational rebreathers?
It’s the tale action man Andy is most often asked to retell – about the making of the BBC/Discovery documentary Operation Iceberg, in which he experienced extreme highs and lows as both mountaineer and diver. Shot in Greenland with cameraman Doug Allan, it included diving with polar bears and snorkelling by the calving front of a glacier. Fortunately, Andy is also a master-story-teller!
LOST WORLDS AND HIDDEN GEMS
Through 2014 Monty was on the road exploring unknown dive-sites with the Great British Diving Expedition. He was also filming a new Discovery series, Lost Worlds. He’ll tell the stories of both, bringing a whiff of exploration and adventure at home and beyond.
EXTREME2 UK CAVE-FREEDIVING
Marcus and his NoTanx team pioneered an exciting form of diving in the UK last year – cave-freediving. The result was a lot of enthused freedivers and some memorable images – get a taste at LIDS 2015.