For timings of appearances, which vary between Saturday and Sunday and may be subject to change, keep checking back here and on the timetables in the show hall.

CENTRE STAGE Speakers here

TEKDECK Speakers here

The DIVER Stage

10.10-10.50
Mark Powell
IS DIVING JUST FOR OLD FOLKS?
It's an intriguing question that Mark Powell will explore with his trademark compelling mix of fact and controversial opinion. Is he right in thinking that too few younger scuba divers are sticking with the sport?

Mark Powell

11.00-11.40 (Sat)
Gareth Lock
LEARNING FROM FATAL DIVING ERRORS

The mission of this former RAF senior officer is to get diving to adopt the sort of "learning from failure" discipline that applies in the aviation world - and he'll be explaining why he believes divers will go on making fatal errors until attitudes change.

Gareth Lock 2

11.00-11.40 (Sun)
Alex Watts
MOZAMBIQUE WHALE SHARKS

Whale shark researcher Alex provides an overview of recent research by the Marine Megafauna Foundation, best known for its work with both whale sharks and manta rays, with co-founder Simon Pierce's research crucial to the classification of whale sharks as an Endangered species. Expect many salty tales!

Alex Watts 2

11.50-12.30
David Jones (& DIVE 2018 Panel, Sunday)
PLASTICS' POLLUTION: WHAT CAN DIVERS DO?

Long before Blue Planet 2 hit our screens, A Plastic Ocean was described by Sir David Attenborough as "the most important film of our time". David Jones, the man behind the camera, has been advocating for action on plastics since 2009. David's Saturday talk will focus on what every diver can do to make a difference. On Sunday he will look at dive-industry initiatives, with a panel including Paul Rose, Peta Day from PADI's Project Aware, Mary Tetley from BSAC, Stacey Langlois from Aqua-Lung and Jim Standing from Fourth Element.

David Jones
12.40-1.20 (Sat)
Christine Grosart
THE CROATIA CAVE-DIVING PROJECT

As a leading cave-diver Christine enjoys taking on big projects, which for three years has meant extending the Izvor Licanke resurgence in Croatia. With the second sump still wide open after 20 years of inactivity, in 2015 her team got going, dealing with government permits, awkward climbing, deep, freezing water and teaching their photographer to cave-dive. With broken guidelines and badly behaved rebreathers, the story of Licanke is not for the faint-hearted!
Christine Grosart

12.40-1.20 (Sun)
Richard Walker
GHOST FISHING
Richard is well-known as a leading light in the GUE movement, but he is also founder and coordinator of Ghost Fishing UK. Abandoned nets and line menace wreck-divers as well as marine life, but retrieving it is no easy task, from the bureaucracy to the diving logistics, the need for teamwork and individual ability, to organising disposal for recycling of the recovered materials. Would you be up to it?

Rich Walker

1.30-2.10
Monty Halls

MY FAMILY AND THE GALAPAGOS

If you enjoyed Monty Halls' recent Channel 4 three-parter My Family and the Galapagos, with its impressive underwater content, here's your chance to get the deep background from the man himself. President of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, Monty took his wife Tam and daughters Isla and Molly along to spend three months in what he describes as his "favourite place on Earth", getting involved tagging whale sharks and bullhead sharks along the way.

2.20-3.00
Paul Rose

MORE PRISTINE SEAS
Paul is one of the Dive Show's regular star turns, because his talks are always entertaining and he dives the parts of the underwater world most of us can only dream about. This year he received the Royal Geographical Society's Founder's Medal, one of the highest honours of its kind in the world, for his scientific expeditions and enhancing public understanding - which he will continue to do at DIVE 2018.
Paul Rose

3.10-3.50 (Sat)

THE DIVER AWARDS

Don't miss the 21st DIVER Magazine Awards in which the prized 2018 trophies will be presented to scuba diving's favourite suppliers and operators, as voted on by UK divers.

4.00-4.40 (Sat) & 3.10-3.50 (Sun)
Mae Dorricott & Danny Copeland

SO WHAT MAKES A ROLEX SCHOLAR?

Rolex Scholarships are year-long underwater work experience schemes in which young divers travel extensively in their quest for knowledge to enable them to follow a dive-related career. Mae was European Scholar last year and Danny in 2015. So what does it take to follow in their finstrokes?




Mae Dorricott

Danny Copeland

4.00-4.40 (Sun)
Sarah Tingey

MISSION HIGH WATER

Sarah was part of the first all-female team to carry their own kit and dive Scotland, England and Wales' three highest lakes. Hear how they battled 3C water, boulder fields, hail, snow, gale-force winds, walking in the dark and took the risk of fund-raising for their very own mountain-rescue helicopter trip! 

Sarah Tingey 3

4.50-5.30 (Sat)
Marcus Greatwood

EXTREME-LOCATION FREEDIVING
IN KEFALONIA
Arch-apneist Marcus Greatwood has become an evangelist for Kefalonia in Greece as a venue for "extreme-location freediving". This is the style his No-Tanx team has pioneered, which involves trekking, abseiling and caving in remote places before the divers even get started on their breath-holds. Kefalonia is warmer than some of these locations and offers spectacular freediving opportunities.

Marcus Greatwood
The Centre Stage

10.10-10.40Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown
Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown
FILMING BIG MARINE LIFE WITH THE PARALENZ DIVE CAMERA

Nick & Caroline showcase spectacular underwater footage of marine life including great white sharks and crocodiles taken on their recent travels with the new Paralenz Dive Camera.

10.50-11.30
Mark Sharman

FROM AMATEUR TO WILDLIFE FILMING PRO
Mark works as a wildlife camera operator both under water and topside for international TV broadcasters. Here he recalls his journey to becoming a pro, starting with a degree in TV production and qualification as a diver on a Coral Cay Conservation project. Expect an insight into what it takes to succeed in this highly competitive world.
Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown11.40-12.10
Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown

WILD DIVES
Described by great white shark specialist Rodney Fox as "fellow adventurists", Nick & Caroline have spent the year looking for wild dives to include a book due out early next year. Defining "wild dive" proved a challenge, they say, but their adventures included many shark dives, a search for an elusive nudibranch and a submarine ride (on top - not inside!).

Saeed Rashid12.20-1.00
Saeed Rashid
BACK TO BASICS

The coordinator of the Photozone, a highly respected underwater photographer and especially renowned for his post-production expertise, sifts though some of the most common problems guests have reported on his photo workshops and, whether we're talking apertures or lighting angles, hopes to answer them. This is an interactive session, so be ready to put your own questions.

Ellen Kuylaerts1.10-1.40
Ellen Cuylaerts
DEEPER CONNECTION
The Belgian photographer based in the Cayman Islands says her objective is to "bridge a deeper connection" between humanity and nature, and to capture how it feels to be behind the camera at special moments. "I try to shoot from the heart", she says. She travels the world recording animals and the challenges they're facing. Find out more about her special brand of photography at DIVE 2018.
1.50-2.30 (Sat)
Tom (Blowfish) Hird
THE IMPORTANCE OF AN IMAGE

The world's only heavy metal marine biologist and TV naturalist, shark geek and author of Amazon best-seller Oceanopedia- 291 Extraordinary Things You Didn't Know About the Sea asks: "Is a picture worth a thousand words?" Join him in exploring the meaning behind an image. Do we need words to go alongside it, or can we trust ourselves to see which truths lie beneath.
1.50-2.30 (Sun)
Doug Allan

THE IMPORTANCE OF AN IMAGE

Described by Sir David Attenborough as "the toughest in the business", multi-BAFTA and Emmy-winning wildlife cameraman Doug worked as a pearl-diver, diving instructor, commercial diver and biologist before becoming diving officer on an Antarctic research station in 1976. Ten years later he became a photographer and documentary film-maker, specialising in polar wildlife. Now he invites us to dive beneath the surface of conservation images and short films, critiquing their styles, considering their uses and their impacts. How can one image make all the difference while another leaves us indifferent? And can an image ever be too shocking?
2.40-3.10
Alex Tattersall
EXCITING NEW TOYS FOR U/W IMAGERY
For most underwater photographers it's all about the results, but for many the hardware can be seductive in itself, especially the shiny new ideas. In a characteristically shameless talk of product and self-promotion, Alex will explore and demonstrate some of the latest and hottest underwater imagery accessories and the associated techniques required, to inspire your creative instincts.

David Diley3.20-3.50
David Diley
HOW TO FILM PREDATORS IN ACTION

What does it take to capture professional footage of natural predation in the wild? The underwater film-maker, who made the documentary Of Sharks and Man in Fiji, talks through preparation and execution of a series of dives that went into capturing night-time footage of the predatory behaviour of moray eels and snapper in the Southern Red Sea.

Richard Smith4.00-4.30
Richard Smith
CRITTER-HUNTING: FIND YOUR OWN CRITTERS!
Richard, underwater photographer, marine biologist and part of the team that recently identified Japapigu, the seventh-known pygmy seahorse, knows that macro enthusiasts and photographers lean heavily on local dive-guides to track down their tiny quarry. In the world of the critter the sharp-eyed are king, but should we all be able to spot our own critters? Are these the short-cuts to success?

4.40-5.10 (Sat)
Jane Morgan
SHOOTING FOR SCIENCE

The trials, tribulations and also highs of photographing for science and with scientists, as Jane has done in recent years in the Scilly Isles and in Galway- and how concentrating on a single subject focuses the eye in everyday diving. Expect plenty, too, on the Nudi Blitz, a Seasearch event on Skomer. This year 58 nudibranch species have been identified, bringing the total to 78 - 70% of all those found in the UK!

TEKDECK / TECK POOL

The TekDeck has become a popular fixture at the Dive Show in recent years, reflecting a growing interest in the more advanced aspects of our sport.

If you’re not already a technical diver, however, or even thinking of becoming one, you may well still find attending some of these sessions useful in extending your diving knowledge. They might even persuade you to investigate further and open up a whole new world of diving.

The TekDeck is coordinated by Mark Powell, who is assisted by nine other well-known technical divers. Closed-circuit rebreathers loom large, of course, with presentations on four individual models as well as a panel discussion on Saturday afternoon – which might help if you’re not sure which direction to take. 

Here is the line-up:

SATURDAY, 27 October

09.45  Tim Gort Kit Configuration

10.30  Toni Norton Solo Diving Kit

11.00  Michael Thomas Sidemount for UK Caves & Mines

11.30  Grant Cooke Becoming an Instructor

12.00  Matt Jevon JJ-CCR

12.30  Mark Powell Inspiration CCR

13.00  Geoff Creighton SF2 CCR

13.30  Tim Clements RedBare CCR

14.00  Richard Walker GUE Configuration

14.30  Mark Powell  Shutdowns

15.00  Robert Thomas
 Young Technical Divers

15.30  CCR Maintenance  Kieran Hatton

16.00  TekDeck Panel
CCR Comparison (APD, JJ-CCR, XCCR, SF2, RedBare, rEvo) Q&A

SUNDAY, 28 October

10.30  Mark Rowe  Sidemount for Boat Diving

11.00  Michael Thomas Sidemount for UK Caves/Mines

11.30  James Neal  Tech Diving After a Setback

12.00  Toni Norton Solo Diving Kit

12.30  Tim Gort  Kit Configuration

13.00  Robert Thomas Young Technical Divers

13.30  Matt Jevon  Line Laying

14.00  Richard Walker  GUE Configuration

14.30  Geoff Creighton  SF2 CCR

15.00  JJ-CCR  Kieran Hatton

15.30  Mark Powell Inspiration CCR

16.00  Tim Clements  RedBare CCR


With four talks dedicated to particular rebreather models as well as a CCR forum, divers are invited to try them out, along with other items of technical-diving equipment, in the adjacent TekPool staffed by Lance Palmer Diving.