Times are subject to change so please keep checking back here and on the noticeboards in the show hall.

CENTRE STAGE Speakers here

TEKDECK Speakers here

The DIVER Stage

10.10-10.50
Mark Powell
ARE YOU FIT TO DIVE?
The technical instructor has created a high level of expectation with his Dive Show talks, tackling controversial topics but always making his case in a cool, thoughtful way that's entertaining as it's educational. And the subject of diver fitness is one that calls for considerable tact and diplomacy!

Mark Powell

11.00-11.40
David Jones
OFFSHORE CAVE DIVING IN BELIZE (Sat)
WW2 WRECKS OF NARVIK (Sun)
David Jones dives hot and cold, reporting first on an often-overlooked aspect of diving in Belize, the caves beneath the cays miles out to sea. And on the Sunday he takes us diving wrecks left by "one of the most incredible sea-battles of the war".

David Jones

11.50-12.30
Andy Torbet
BRITANNIC EXPEDITION 2016

Andy Torbet has become a Show favourite with his exciting stories, but is associated mainly with diving natural features, so when he goes wreck-diving it's bound to be extreme. This year's Britannic Expedition, marking 100 years since the Titanic's sister-ship sank off Greece, gave him the chance of new adventure at 120m.

Andy Torbet
12.40-1.20
Monty Halls
MOVING WITH THE TIDES

TV presenter Monty will be talking about a year of diving and filming around the world, from Indonesia to Galapagos via South Africa. And for aspiring film-makers, find out how he set up a sizable production company using crowdfunding.
Monty Halls
1.30-2.10
Andrea Zaferes
SCUBA FATALITIES: RECOVERY, INVESTIGATION, LESSONS
Based in New York State, Andrea is an investigator and expert witness into underwater and other aquatic deaths, whether accidental or deliberate. She also instructs and writes about this and related subjects, so we think we have a fair idea of what she'll be talking about ...
Andrea Zaferes
2.20-3.00
Paul Rose
WILD DIVES TO SAVE OUR PRISTINE SEAS
Paul is still living the dream on what must be one of the best long-term missions on Earth, diving its remotest, most exciting sites as Expedition Leader of National Geographic's Pristine Seas programme, and publicising the plight of the oceans as he goes. Stand by for an update in Paul's inimitable style!
Paul Rose
3.10-3.50
Helen Hadley
UPS AND DOWNS ON A UK DIVE LIVEABOARD

Few diving liveaboards operate around Britain these days, but Helen Hadley is part of the permanent crew of Valkyrie, operating mainly in and around Scapa Flow. An experienced diver, she is also the chef! All diving life can be observed in the raw in such an environment, as Helen reveals.
Helen Hadley

4.00-4.40
Dawn Kernagis
NEEMO 21: EIGHT DAYS IN NASA'S UNDERSEA HABITAT

Dr Kernagis is a research scientist in the area of human performance optimisation – and which diver doesn't want to optimise his or her performance? She has been leading underwater projects, including deep cave-diving since 1993 but this year both became a crew-member with NASA's NEEMO 21 Mission and was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame.

Dawn Kernagis

4.50-5.30 (Sat only)
Marcus Greatwood
EXTREME-LOCATION FREEDIVING

Marcus's elite "phreatic" freediving team, which has been setting itself challenging but rewarding missions, mainly in overhead environments such as Welsh mountain caves or lava-tubes in the Arctic Circle. In wetsuits. Whether you fancy emulating them or not, it should be good value!  

Marcus Greatwood
The Centre Stage
Richard Cullen09.50-10.20
Richard Cullen
THE IMPOSSIBLE MADE POSSIBLE

The man who runs Deptherapy will be joined on the stage by some of the injued troops who have benefited from the programme that helps veterans through scuba.
Emma Hewitt & Matt Clements10.30-11.00 (Sat only)
Emma Hewitt & Matt Clements
PADI's DIGITAL IMAGING ADVENTURE DIVE
Replacing the separate Underwater Photography and Videography Adventure Dives, PADI now combines two in one. The dive can be standalone or part of an AOWD or Adventure Diver course.
Steve Jones10.30-11.00 (Sun only)
Steve Jones
WINGS, FINS, TEETH & TAILS
Steve's talk is about the blend of technique, location and behavioural knowledge needed to photograph big animals successfully – you don't have to be a zoologist but it helps!
Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown11.10-11.40
Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown
DEADLY OCEANS
The biologists tour the world to photograph the most toxic, venomous and predatory creatures and explain the science behind their strategies.
Saeed Rashid & Nigel Wade11.50-12.30
Saeed Rashid & Nigel Wade
TOP TIPS ON COMPOSITION

The Viv 'n Bob of the Dive Shows are back in action, and their topic is the framing of a shot – dedicated to evertone who relies that bit too much on the Photoshop cropping tool!
Stuart Philpott12.40-1.10 (Sat only)
Stuart Philpott
CONFESSIONS OF A DIVING JOURNALIST

Stuart discusses writing about diving for publication – and some of the funny, and serious, situations in which he has found himself over 20 years in journalism.
Marcus Greatwood12.40-1.10 (Sun only)
Marcus Greatwood
EXTREME LOCATION FREEDIVING

Marcus's elite "phreatic" freediving team, which has been setting itself challenging but rewarding missions, mainly in overhead environments such as Welsh mountain caves or lava-tubes in the Arctic Circle. In wetsuits. Whether you fancy emulating them or not, it should be good value!

Jane Morgan1.20-1.50
Jane Morgan

BETWEEN DEVON AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA
Jane talks about some of the best dives for photographers in the West Country, her jewel in the crown being the Scilly Isles.

Amanda Cotton2.00-2.30
Amanda Cotton

BIG ANIMALS: AROUND THE WORLD IN 40 FRAMES
Meet some of the most unusual megafauna with renowned photographer and environmentalist Amanda, as she shares compelling imagery and tales of large animals from around the world.

John Boyle2.40-3.10
John Boyle

CASTRO'S SECRET REEF

We're pleased to see noted underwater film-maker John Boyle back at the show with the first preview of his latest documentary film, shot in Cuba's outstanding (for sharks and much else) Jardines de la Reina.

Alex Tattersall3.20-3.50
Alex Tattersall

NO MORE FIDDLESTICKS

Concerned about the degree of critter-manipulation sometimes employed by guides and photographers seeking a perfect shot at all costs, Alex offers techniques to minimise our impact on the animals we shoot.

Richard Smith4.00-4.30
Richard Smith

PYGMY SEAHORSES: THE BIG PICTURE
The marine biologist is a leading authority on the fish so beloved of macro photographers – he began his researches into them nine years ago and was the first person to gain a doctorate through the subject. Spot the link with the previous talk!

TEKDECK / TECK POOL

A much-anticipated new feature at DIVE 2016 is the TekDeck, an area designed to appeal not only to the growing body of existing technical divers but to all those qualified leisure divers considering the next step in their evolution.

It may even interest divers who have no plans whatsoever to go technical, with presentations on useful topics such as recreational kit configuration and back-finning.

TekDeck co-ordinator Mark Powell has lined up an impressive array of technical instructors with long experience, all happy to share their expertise. Here are the speakers, topics and timings as they currently stand:

Jack Ingle Kit Configuration (Sat 9.45 / Sun 10.15)

Tim Gort Hogarthian Kit Configuration (Sat 10.30 / Sun 11.00)

Greg Parker Recreational Kit Configuration (Sat 11.00 / Sun 12.00)

Mark Powell
      Line-Laying (Sat 11.30 / Sun 1.30)
      X-CCR (Sat 1.00 / Sun 3.00)
      Gradient Factors Workshop (Sat 4.00 / Sun 1.00)

Dave Thompson JJ-CCR (Sat 12.00 / Sun 2.00)

Martin Parker Inspiration CCR (Sat 12.30 / Sun 2.30)

Tim Clements Sentinel CCR (Sat 1.30 / Sun 3.30)

Matt Jevon Back-Finning (Sat 2.00 / Sun 12.30)

Garry Dallas Sidemount (Sat 2.30 / Sun 11.30)

Ash Roberts Shutdown (Sat 3.00)

Kieren Hatton CCR Maintenance (Sat 3.30 / Sun 4.00)

Panel Tek Q&A (Sat 4.30)

 

The TekDeck is located right beside the TekPool so that divers are able to try out the latest rebreathers among other new items of kit.