The full special guest presentation line-up has still to be finalised, but already set to speak are divers of the calibre of TV presenters Monty Halls and Andy Torbet; Australian great white shark deep cage-diving specialist Andrew Fox; and technical instructor Mark Powell, whose latest provocative presentation title is “Are Rebreathers Safe?”

Newcomers at DIVE 2014 will be crime-fighting divers Claire Gwinnett and Laura Walton-Williams, who run courses in underwater forensics; and South Africa’s Patrick Voorma, who seems to be uncovering historic wrecks by the month.

Other technical wreck-divers include the familiar faces of Jack Ingle, with his workshop on being a better wreck-diver, and Leigh Bishop, who is taking part this year in some extraordinary, deep and at the moment still secret expeditions.

At the less hairy end of the diving spectrum, we hope to have some recent Miss Scuba champions present to share their experiences, too!

10.00-10.30
Apeks at 40

Andy Torbet introduces a Special Anniversary Film.

 
10.30-11.15
Jack Ingle

WRECK-DIVING TECHNIQUE

Jack Ingle's popular workshops on the finer points of kit configuration shaped the habits of a generation of divers, but these days the wreck expedition leader's Show sessions are aimed at fine-tuning our approach to wreck-diving – and are going down equally well. When Jack gives a practical demonstration of line-laying in low visibility, you remember it!
Jack Ingle
11.30-12.15
Mark Powell

ARE REBREATHERS SAFE?

Technical diving instructor Mark Powell can always be relied upon to come up with a provocative presentation title, and this one is no exception. There have been too many incidents, some fatal, involving closed-circuit rebreathers, but rarely are they shown to be anything other than the result of human error. The new generation of recreational rebreathers claim to be fail-safe, but is that the case? Let Mark be your guide.
Mark Powell
12.30-1.15
Andy Torbet

TECH DIVING ON TELE

TV presenter, all-round man of action and top Show speaker Andy Torbet discusses the growing influence of mixed-gas, rebreather and cave-diving in broadening (and deepening) the scope of diving on TV.
He has been working recently on a series of films for BBC's One Show
– programmes that demonstrate this trend.
Andy Torbet
1.30-2.15
Claire Gwinnett & Laura Walton-Williams

DEATH IN THE DEPTHS

Investigating underwater crime scenes: Staffordshire University's Forensic and Crime Science department delivers the only course outside the USA in underwater crime scene documentation, interpretation of evidence and body recovery.
Lecturers Drs Claire Gwinnett and Laura Walton-Williams will take us through some case-based analysis
– this one promises to be compelling.
Claire GwinnettLaura Walton-Williams
2.30-3.15
Monty Halls

GREAT BRITISH DIVING EXPEDITIONS

Last year Monty's purpose-designed Land Rover Defender was a big talking point at the Show. This year his 4x4 pride and joy has something to pull – Monty is bringing along his new "sexy as hell" Humber dive-RIB, purpose-designed to make divers drool.
He'll tell us about this and the related series of projects that have dominated his activities in 2014, the Great British Diving Expeditions to hard-to-reach sites, with some great footage along the way.
Monty Halls
3.30-4.15
Andrew Fox

GREAT WHITE EXPERIENCES

Half a century ago, Australian Rodney Fox became the great white shark-attack survivor who hit the headlines and became a household name. He went on to build a shark-based operation known worldwide, and today his son Andrew runs both Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions and the Fox Shark Research Foundation. Andrew Fox debuts at the Dive Show to talk about shark cage-diving with a difference – you don't meet these sharks just beneath the surface, but on the seabed.
Andrew Fox

4.30-5.15 (Saturday only)
Leigh Bishop

OUT OF WEST AFRICA

The deep wreck-diver and photographer, a frequent Show presenter over the years, can be guaranteed to have one exciting project or another on the go. Earlier this year he took part in an international diving expedition to Sierra Leone, the West African country which, with its volatile recent history, is on few tourist wish-lists.

Leigh Bishop
IN PERSON ON THE CENTRE STAGE
The CENTRE STAGE, near the PHOTOZONE, offers a rolling programme of image-based presentations, many designed to improve the skills of photographers and videographers.

10.10-10.50 (Sat only)
David Jones
SARDINE RUN, MEXICO-STYLE

South Africa’s Sardine Run grabs the headlines, but it isn’t the only place to witness epic predator-baitfish confrontations. David Jones reports from Mexico and promises, among other treats, “lots of great sailfish footage”.

David Jones

10.10-10.50 (Sun only)
Stuart Philpott
STRIKE THE POSE!

A magazine cover must be an eye-catching composition with wide appeal. ”Most editors will choose a combination of vibrant colours, exciting marine life and a diver interacting somewhere in the frame,” says photo-journalist Stuart Philpott as he reveals the secrets of the trade.

Stuart Philpott

11.00-11.40
John Carlin
INSPIRING UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY

Marine biologist, photographer and PADI Regional Manager John Carlin explores the components of taking a great picture, with hints and tips on turning an average shot into a great one, and how to share your images with friends and family.

John Carlin

Digital Clinic11.50-12.50
Saeed Rashid, Martin Edge & Nigel Wade
DIGITAL CLINIC

Three big names in British underwater photography get together to host a one-hour discussion in which the audience sets the pace - it’s a great chance to air any photographic problems you might be having and find out what the experts would do about them.

1.00-1.40
Paul ’Duxy’ Duxfield
SMALL CAMERA: BIG PICTURE

Duxy looks at how the new crop of compacts, super-compacts and mirrorless cameras is proving a game-changer in the world of underwater photography, and how you can take advantage of these teeny-tiny techno marvels.

Paul Duxfield

1.50-2.30
Patrick Voorma
DURBAN'S GHOST FLEET

This South African wreck-diver has been exploring sites off Durban to find a series of previously unknown wrecks, such as the submarine HMS Otus; the Istar/ USS Nahma; a possible WW2 Japanese submarine; and the Umzimvubu/ Namaqua on which Winston Churchill escaped the Boers, on a voyage he later described as “the worst I have ever experienced”.

Patrick Voorma
2.40-3.20
Marcus Greatwood
EXTREME2 UK CAVE-FREEDIVING

In the September issue of DIVER Magazine you can read about the remarkable first outing for freedive instructor Marcus Greatwood and his NoTanx team, exploring a cold, dark and flooded slate quarry in north Wales without the help of scuba gear. Marcus, who has done more than most to popularise freediving in the UK, knows that the cave-freedive combination that he calls Extreme2 isn’t for everyone, but hopes it will at least gain a foothold!
Marcus Greatwood

3.30-4.10
Martin Edge
ADVANCING YOUR SKILLS

When it comes to underwater photography, Martin Edge wrote the book – The Underwater Photographer, long considered a bible by generations of picture-taking divers. At DIVE 2014 he plans to offer a torrent of tips, tricks and advice for everyone from beginners to experienced shooters. Have your notebook or tablet to hand!

Martin Edge

4.20-5.00 (Sat only)
Steve Jones
SEASCAPES & VISTAS

As a photo-journalist, Steve Jones considers his skills with a wide-angle lens to be vital. He takes us through a multitude of techniques and tips learned in more than 20 years in the field. Seascapes, wrecks, big animals and even capturing critters using wide lenses will be in there, along with composition, lighting and equipment considerations.

Steve Jones

4.20-5.00 (Sun only)
Jane Morgan
FROM HEAD TO TOE

From Lands End to John O’Groats and beyond, this is a celebration of the colour and diversity of British diving featuring the two extremes and two of Jane Morgan’s favourite diving locations, Cornwall and the Scottish isles. This freelance underwater photo-journalist lives in Cornwall and dives all around the UK and overseas.

Jane Morgan

5.10-5.50 (Sat only)
Bryan Stanislas
MAKING UNDERWATER FILMS

Underwater cameraman Bryan Stanislas discusses how technology has developed to help leisure divers and instructors capture fantastic underwater footage. He covers everything from GoPros and compacts to broadcast camera systems and examines the main underwater filming methods.

Bryan Stanislas