For timings of appearances, which vary between Saturday and Sunday and may be subject to change, keep checking back here and on the timetables in the show hall.

CENTRE STAGE Speakers here

TEKDECK Speakers here

The DIVER Stage

10.10-10.50
Mark Powell
DIVE INSTRUCTORS – CAN WE DO BETTER?
Technical instructor and agent provocateur Mark Powell will be busy organising the TekDeck technical-diving speaker line-up, but takes time out to address the pressing question: Diving Instructors: Can We Do Better? It won’t be the first time Mark has confronted an audience with a controversial question and gone on to provide a full and compelling answer.

Mark Powell

11.00-11.40
Sally Cartwright
BLUEBIRD!

On the 50th anniversary of the loss of Donald Campbell’s Bluebird speedboat in a 328mph crash, technical diver Sally Cartwright recalls the dives that took place, and the team effort required, to recover the iconic craft and its daring skipper from deep, cold and murky Coniston Water in the Lake District. Intriguingly, further dedicated work has finally resulted in the Bluebird working again.

Sally Cartwright

11.50-12.30
Rachel Butler
RETURN TO THE BLUE PLANET

It's the marine-life TV series no diver will want to miss, but what was it like to be a scuba-diver working on the BBC's upcoming Blue Planet II, capturing never-before-seen animal behaviour? Producer/Director Rachel Butler has been living the dream ...

Rachel Butler

12.40-1.20 (Sat)
Shane Wasik
BASKING SHARKS

Our next presenter has a marine-biology background, like many of the speakers, but he first surfaced in DIVER magazine writing about another passion, for wreck-diving around the British Isles. In fact he loves mountains and caves too, but in recent years he has been dedicated to enabling divers to interact with basking sharks off Scotland's Inner Hebrides.

Shane Wasik
12.40-1.20 (Sun)
Jack Perks
FRESHWATER DIVING IN BRITAIN

A diver who made his name exploring Britain’s rivers and lakes, Jack first wrote about river-diving in this magazine five years ago and has since made many TV appearances as a freshwater specialist. He also recently penned the book Freshwater Fishes of Britain and dives with some of those fish elsewhere in this issue. He’ll have plenty of tips on diving in salt-free environments – and taking pictures in them.
Jack Perks

1.30-2.10
Andrea Zaferes

ULTIMATE UNDERWATER MOVEMENT (Sat)
DRILLS & GAMES TO STRENGTH YOUR DIVE SKILLS (Sun)
Revisiting from the USA after making a deep impression last year, the underwater forensic investigator and rescue/ recovery instructor takes us through techniques she teaches in her workshops. “Ultimate Underwater Movement”, if you wondered, is about refining buoyancy control to take you to a level at which you can move in water like marine life!

Andrea Zaferes
2.20-3.00
Paul Rose

DISTANT ISLANDS – PRISTINE SEAS
Always a popular speaker, Paul Rose is not an easy man to pin down, as he spends much of his life trotting the globe, diving at cherry-picked locations as Expedition Leader of NatGeo’s Pristine Seas programme. But he goes out of his way to make it to the Dive Show because he loves talking to divers, and he will cover recent expeditions to rarely dived south Atlantic islands Tristan da Cunha and Ascension.

3.10-3.50 (Sat)
THE DIVER AWARDS

Paul will also stay on after his talk Saturday afternoon to host the 20th DIVER Awards, the first time the industry’s most prestigious accolades have been given out at the NEC Dive Show.

Paul Rose

3.10-3.50 (Sun)
Martyn Farr
THE DARKNESS BECKONS

First published back in the 1980s, by which time this intrepid Welsh cave-diver had already made a name for himself, Martyn Farr’s book The Darkness Beckons became a cave-diver’s bible. Only now, however, has this compendium of world cave-diving been rewritten for the 21st century, and the author will talk about the many exciting developments that made this a necessity.

Martyn Farr

4.00-4.40
Rosemary Lunn

WHAT'S WRONG WITH UK DIVING?

DIVE 2017 presents a great many arguments for UK diving, but should doubts linger, drop in on this talk. “Black, silty, cold and boring” are charges Rosemary says she often hears levelled at the UK, but usually by divers who have never explored its waters. The fact that she does a fair bit of UK diving herself should provide a clue to her response, as she takes us on an underwater tour from 3m to 70m.

Rosemary Lunn

4.50-5.30
Marcus Greatwood

EXTREME-LOCATION FREEDIVING

Marcus is another man without whom a Dive Show can hardly be described as complete, and recently his NoTanx freediving team has been carrying out more extreme-location breath-hold expeditions in Wales and elsewhere in Britain – he’ll talk us through some of them. “You don’t have to dive deep to enjoy freediving, and you don’t have to travel to the edges of the planet to do it either,” he says.  

Marcus Greatwood
The Centre Stage

Mario Vitalini9.50-10.20
Mario Vitalini
The Travelling Photographer: kit essentials Within the Weight Limits

Photo pro Mario Vitalini will show how he packs all the camera and dive kit he needs on an overseas trip, without running up a huge excess-baggage bill. Learn the secrets of stress-free packing to get the most out of your next photo trip!

Paul Colley10.30-11.00
Paul Colley

U/W PHOTO COMPETITIONS: HELP OR HINDRANCE?
The promising title of this talk from one of the UK’s leading underwater photographers tackles the question of whether competitiveness (and bear in mind that Paul does organise such events) can be counter-productive for the entrants. His conclusions might surprise you, but whether you love or hate such competitions, he’ll also have plenty of advice on how to advance your own photographic abilities.
Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown11.10-11.40
Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown

THE BIGGER PICTURE
Caroline and her husband Nick travel the world in search of exciting subjects, and plan to discuss wide-angle photography and how it can tell a story. They’ll share photos of encounters, and discuss how to get the shots.

Saeed Rashid11.50-12.30 (Sat)
Saeed Rashid
10 TOP TIPS ON COMPOSITION

The title of this talk was that of the last that photographer and post-processing guru Saeed gave last year alongside the late Nigel Wade, and proved very popular. “It’s everything you wanted to know about composition but were afraid to ask,” says Saeed, who is also the man who co-ordinates the PhotoZone every year and ensures that visitors lack for nothing in that department.

Saeed Rashid & Simon Rogerson11.50-12.30 (Sun)
Saeed Rashid & Simon Rogerson
THE DIGITAL CLINIC

Saeed Rashid has a special guest alongside him this year in the long-established Clinic, the forum that gives visiting underwater photographers the chance to put their pressing questions directly to the experts. Simon has many years’ experience as a leading underwater photo-journalist.

Ellen Kuylaerts12.40-1.10
Ellen Cuylaerts
PHOTOGRAPHING ORCAS & OTHER APEX PREDATORS
Photographing big animals in the “snorkelling zone” is an art all by itself, and underwater and wildlife photographer Ellen is a highly skilled practitioner, with active membership of the elite Explorers Club among her many credentials.
As well as talking about orcas in locations such as Norway she will cover big-animal photography all over the world, including the south Atlantic.
Keith Hiscock1.20-1.50 (Sat)
Keith Hiscock
FABULOUS & FASCINATING: CELEBRATING BRITAIN'S HIDDEN WORLD

In UK marine biology they don’t come more eminent than Keith, who will tell the story of seabed exploration in Britain and illustrate some of the habitats that divers can discover – from the extreme wave exposure of Rockall to sheltered inlets, and from marine life on historic wrecks to that on reefs exposed to potentially scary eight-knot currents.
Marcus Greatwood1.20-1.50 (Sun)
Marcus Greatwood

EXTREME-LOCATION FREEDIVING

Marcus is another man without whom a Dive Show can hardly be described as complete, and recently his NoTanx freediving team has been carrying out more extreme-location breath-hold expeditions in Wales and elsewhere in Britain – he’ll talk us through some of them. “You don’t have to dive deep to enjoy freediving, and you don’t have to travel to the edges of the planet to do it either,” he says.
Alex Mustard & Martin Edge2.00-2.30 (Sat)
Alex Mustard 
& Martin Edge
UNSEEN IMAGES
Star billing goes to Britain’s two most illustrious underwater photographers.
Teamed up on Saturday only, they reveal photos for the first time while looking at experimentation, or: “how we play with ideas, make steps forward and backward on the way to creating exciting new work”.

Martin Edge2.00-2.30 (Sun)
Martin Edge
SHOTS IN THE SHALLOWS

Want to take eye-popping underwater images without venturing too deep – perhaps avoiding the need for strobes? Martin Edge goes solo on Sunday with a talk entitled ‘Shots in the Shallows’ - exploring the pros and cons of shallow-water environments for underwater photographers.

Paul Duxfield2.40-3.10
Paul 'Duxy' Duxfield
BACK TO THE FUTURE!

Over the years underwater photography and camera expert Duxy has helped countless newcomers, as well as more advanced snappers, to boost their skills and get more out of their photography. “I want to get back to underwater photography fundamentals and look at what equipment you can buy that will allow you to learn the basics properly but without breaking the bank,” he says.

David Diley3.20-3.50
David Diley
OF SHARKS AND MAN

David Diley’s independent documentary about how he went to Fiji and dived with the sharks at the famed Beqa site was his first film, and it must have had one of the longest gestation periods in the history of that medium, though it finally made it to Amazon Prime this year. It’s as much about the man as the sharks, if not more, and his talk may serve as a corrective to anyone who thinks getting on screen is easy!

Richard Smith4.00-4.30
Richard Smith
HOW TO CAPTURE REEF LIFE 'AU NATUREL'
Many of the most successful wildlife diver-photographers were marine biologists with a deep understanding of animal behaviour, and Richard is no exception. He is best-known as a seahorse specialist, and seahorses are notoriously shy about having their pictures taken. So he’ll be looking at how to take photos that capture natural behaviour and cause minimal distress to the subjects.

Jane Morgan4.40-5.10 (Sat)
Jane Morgan
‘GO WEST!’

A regular PhotoZone presenter, freelance photo-journalist Jane Morgan returns to the Dive Show with another UK-focused presentation. This time she picks out a selection of her favourite underwater photo subjects and dive-sites in the west of the British Isles – from Devon and Cornwall to Ireland.

TEKDECK / TECK POOL

The TekDeck was introduced to the Dive Show last year and proved a great success, to judge by the numbers of divers gathering in that part of the hall.

The idea was to provide a programme that would appeal not only to existing technical divers but to any Show visitors who have decided to progress in that direction or just keen to find out if it’s for them. It might also appeal to those divers who are simply curious to know what happens on the dark side!

The TekDeck is co-ordinated by highly respected instructor Mark Powell, who has brought in no fewer than nine well-known names, all experts in various aspects of technical diving, to share their knowledge and experience with visitors.

Here is the line-up:

Tim Gort Kit Configuration (Sat 9.45 / Sun 10.15)

Toni Norton Solo Diving (Sat 10.30 / Sun 12.00)

Matt Jevon Communication Skills (Sat 11.00 / Sun 1.30)

Kieran Hatton JJ-CCR (Sat 11.30 / Sun 2.00),
CCR Maintenance (Sat 3.30 / Sun 4.00)

Mark Powell Inspiration CCR (Sat 12.00 / Sun 2.30),
Gradient Factors Workshop (Sat 3.00)

Geoff Creighton SF2 CCR (Sat 12.30 / Sun 3.00)

Tim Clements RedBare CCR (Sat 1.00 / Sun 3.30)

Tim Cutter Ascent Techniques (Sat 1.30 / Sun 1.00)

Michael Thomas Sidemount for UK (Sat 2.00), Sidemount for UK / Caves & Mines (Sun 11.30)

Mark Culwick Shutdowns (Sat 2.30 / Sun 12.30)

TekDeck Panel CCR Comparison (APD, JJ-CCR, XCCR, SF2, RedBare) Q&A (Sat 4.00)

 

With four talks dedicated to particular rebreather models as well as a CCR forum, divers are invited to try them out, along with other items of technical-diving equipment, in the adjacent TekPool.