ON THE STAGES
On the DIVER Stage a selection of big-hitters awaits.
Look out for TV favourite Andy Torbet talking about this year’s centenary expedition to dive the Britannic 120m deep off Greece; Women Divers Hall of Famer Dawn Kernagis, a crew-member on NASA’s NEEMO 21 mission, which involves living in a habitat 20m under the Atlantic for 16 days; Mark Powell asking one of his challenging questions (Are you fit to dive?); and US diver Andrea Zaferes, a forensic investigator into underwater deaths.
One NEW FEATURE that promises to ramp up the interest is the TekDeck, designed to appeal not only to the growing body of existing technical divers but to all those qualified divers wondering about the next step in their evolution.
TekDeck co-ordinator Mark Powell has lined up an array of expert divers keen to share their knowledge and experience – names already confirmed beside Powell himself include Tim Baker, Tim Clements, Mark Culwick, Kieren Hatton, Jack Ingle, Matt Jevon, Greg Parker, Simon Taylor-Watson, Michael Thomas and Dave Thompson.
Subjects range from equipment configuration, line-laying, rebreathers and sidemounts to shutdowns, gradient factors, fitness, stress management and much more.
Many more names are likely to be confirmed in August, so keep checking back.
Perennially popular at the Show is the PHOTOZONE, located near the Centre Stage where most of the underwater photo- and video-related presentations will take place.
PhotoZone organiser Saeed Rashid will be appearing with DIVER's own Nigel Wade in what they insist will not be their usual Digital Clinic, and other experts preparing spectacular audio-visual shows include Richard Smith (Pygmy Seahorses – the Big Picture); Steve Jones (Wings, Fins, Teeth & Tails, about big animals) and Alex Tattersall (No More Fiddlesticks, concerned with minimising our impact on marine life).
And not to be missed will be noted film-maker John Boyle, returning to the Show with his latest documentary Castro’s Secret Reef, shot in Cuba’s incredible Jardines de la Reina.