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Andy Torbet

ANDY TORBET
Fear, Risk & Diving/Snorkelling in Britain
Andy’s time as a paratrooper, diver and bomb-disposal officer in the Army allowed him to hone his risk-assessment and stress-management techniques. Risks included blowing up, and things could get a little stressful. Applying these skills to cave- and deep-diving projects, he argues that fear is good – and risk may not be what we think. Andy looks at how to make a seemingly insane project safe, and how he deals with fear and anxiety.
   But not all Andy’s talks concern high-adrenaline diving, and everyone including newcomers will be enthused when he covers those satisfying UK in-water experiences available to those armed with little more than a mask and a snorkel.


Mark PowellMARK POWELL
Training Doesn't Work
All agencies and instructors insist that they produce safe divers, so why do we see so many with poor skills and little or no understanding of basic diving concepts? asks Mark. He argues that such dangerous mismatches start with instructor-training that fails to cover the essentials – and that instructors teach the wrong thing in the wrong way. Whether you’re an instructor looking to improve your teaching skills or a diver wanting to know how to spot a suitable instructor, be sure to catch this one.


Jane MorganJANE MORGAN
Photography in the Flow
Scapa Flow is among the best dive destinations, and Jane Morgan is among the best underwater photographers, so the two make for a dream combination. Jane may be best-known for her macro work but she also loves wrecks, and at LIDS she plans to discuss how she got to grips with photographing some of those iconic examples to be found in the Orkneys. 


Jack IngleJACK INGLE
Kit Configuration
Jack’s back and by popular demand – for many years his kit configuration workshops were synonmous with the Dive Shows and, frankly, we’ve missed them. Now he will be at LIDS, triangles of access and all, to sort out those nagging doubts and concerns and make us all more comfortable and efficient divers.


Nigel Wade & Saeed Rashid answering questions in the Digital ClinicNIGEL WADE & SAEED RASHID
Digital Clinic
Ace photographers Saeed and Nigel are back once again to discuss photo and processing topics and answer your questions in free-ranging forums. Look out for special guests each day.


Alex MustardALEX MUSTARD
Underwater Photographer of the Year
The Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY) competition is the brainchild of photography guru Alex Mustard, and on Saturday he reveals the winners and presents the prizes. Their and other outstanding images will be on display, and on Sunday he will use them as a starting point to discuss what it takes to produce a winning shot, and what he and his fellow-judges looked for. Thinking of entering this or any other photo competition? Then don’t miss this treasury of helpful advice.


John BantinJOHN BANTIN
Shark Feeding: Right or Wrong?
The question of shark-feeding is guaranteed to divide, annoy, delight and confuse divers in equal measure. John Bantin has had more first-hand experience of sharks and shark-feeding than most and his views are always trenchant – but will you agree with him?


Louise TrewavasLOUISE TREWAVAS
All-time Top 10 Diving Mistakes
For years divers have followed Louise’s underwater adventures in the pages of DIVER Magazine. She has vast experience and is a keen observer of diver behaviour, so who better to draw up a hit-list of great diving cock-ups? She also draws conclusions about how, when things do go wrong, we can survive the experience.


Paul ColleyPAUL COLLEY
Oceans to Chalk Streams
Paul has been translating his experiences of photography for the conservation of our oceans into something that impacts closer to home. Working recently with the Blue Marine Foundation in the South Atlantic and Fauna & Flora International in Cambodia has inspired this underwater photographer to see if his images could help in the conservation of UK chalk streams.
  His simple hand-drawn and home-built designs for remote-control underwater cameras led to an impressive portfolio of new UK images that appeared on the BBC and in national newspapers.


Marcus GreatwoodMARCUS GREATWOOD
What Freediving Can Do For YOU
The multiple world-record freediving coach offers awareness, relaxation and efficiency in movement to everyone from scuba-divers to triathletes, and we divers may also find our bubble-blowing sporting prowess improved as a result. Marcus also fronts practical sessions on how to start freediving for anyone seeking a quick but safe way into apnea.


David JonesDAVID JONES
Coron Wrecks/Plastic Oceans
Coron Bay, Palawan in the Philippines has many diving attractions but chief among them are the wrecks of the Japanese supply fleet sunk in 1944. David Jones has dived these vessels and has a great tale to tell.
   He has also been a prime mover in the fight to prevent plastics pollution in the oceans, and will discuss the successes and the challenges ahead.


Paul (Duxy) DuxfieldPAUL (Duxy) DUXFIELD
Help!!! I want to take underwater pictures, and need to know I’m making the right choices
Let Duxy show you what he considers to be the best underwater photo kit available at the moment, from the budget choices up to mid range, and what he uses for supplying Scuba Travel with their promo images for magazine and web use, you may get a shock as it’s not as expensive as you might think.

 

 

 

 


DIVER STAGE SCHEDULE
THURSDAY
1.10-1.50DAVID JONES – War Wrecks of Coron Bay
2.00-2.50LOUISE TREWAVAS – 10 Top Diving Mistakes
3.00-4.00PAUL COLLEY – From Oceans to Chalk Streams
4.10-4.50SAEED RASHID & NIGEL WADE – Digital Clinic
  
FRIDAY 
10.30-11.10MARCUS GREATWOOD – What Could Freediving Do For You?
11.20-12.00JOHN BANTIN – Shark Feeding: Right or Wrong?
12.10-1.00SAEED RASHID & NIGEL WADE – Digital Clinic
1.10-1.50DAVID JONES – War Wrecks of Coron Bay
2.00-2.50LOUISE TREWAVAS – 10 TOP DIVING MISTAKES
3.00-4.00PAUL COLLEY – From Oceans to Chalk Streams
4.10-4.50ANDY TORBET – Fear, Risk & Diving
  
SATURDAY 
9.40-10.20MARK POWELL – Training Doesn't Work
10.30-11.10JACK INGLE – Kit Configuration
11.20-12.00JOHN BANTIN – Shark Feeding: Right or Wrong?
12.10-1.00ANDY TORBET – Fear, Risk & Diving
1.10-1.50DAVID JONES – War Wrecks of Coron Bay
2.00-2.50DIVER Awards – High-flyers of 2015 revealed
3.00-4.00ALEX MUSTARD – UPY Winners
4.10-4.50SAEED RASHID & NIGEL WADE – Digital Clinic
5.00-5.40JANE MORGAN – Photography in Scapa Flow
  
SUNDAY 
9.40-10.20MARK POWELL – Training Doesn't Work
10.30-11.10JACK INGLE – Kit Configuration
11.20-12.00JOHN BANTIN – Shark Feeding: Right or Wrong?
12.10-1.00ANDY TORBET – Fear, Risk & Diving
1.10-1.50SAEED RASHID & NIGEL WADE – Digital Clinic
2.00-2.50DAVID JONES – War Wrecks of Coron Bay
3.00-4.00ALEX MUSTARD – How To Be The Champ
4.10-4.50

MARCUS GREATWOOD – What Could Freediving Do For You?