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!
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.
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!
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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.
GREAT BRITISH DIVING EXPEDITIONS
Last year Monty's purposedesigned 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.
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!
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.
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.
DURBAN'S GHOST FLEET
This South African wreck-diver is what you might call proactive. Exploring some of the 140 sites off Durban in recent years he has found a series of previously unknown wrecks, including the submarine HMS Otus; the Istar/USS Nahma; a possible WW2 Japanese submarine; and the Umzimvubu/Namaqua on which Winston Churchill escaped the Boers, describing the voyage as "the worst that I have ever experienced".