The DIVER Stage
FIXING DIVER TRAINING
Training is always a hot topic among divers, but the grumbles rarely seem to get resolved. Technical instructor Mark Powell will be presenting his unique take on how to put this right.
BUBBLE-FREE ON ‘PERSEUS’
Breath-hold master Marcus Greatwood reports on his NoTanx dive club’s trip to Kefalonia this summer to dive the British WW2 submarine Perseus, from which stoker John Capes famously survived an emergency ascent from 50m, a five-mile swim and 18 months hiding from Nazi forces.
PROTECTING PELAGICS IN THE STRAITS OF GIBRALTAR
The entrance to the Mediterranean from the Atlantic Ocean is a highway for fin, sperm, blue and lost humpback whales, tuna, loggerhead turtles and other pelagics. Clive Crisp of the Rock’s Environment & Climate Change Department formed a diving unit to monitor and enforce its marine protected areas but, as he’ll explain in this presentation, it has been a far-from-easy ride!
WE’VE CREATED A MONSTER: THE STORY OF GHOST FISHING UK
Accomplished technical diver Christine Grosart describes the challenges faced in tackling the threat to divers and marine life posed by the thousands of tons fishing gear lost or abandoned in our seas every year. Trustee, secretary and underwater videographer for Ghost Fishing UK, Christine wrote the world’s first Ghost Fishing diver-training course.
Monty Halls has become closely associated with bucket-list diving destination Galapagos in recent years, producing a TV series featuring his adventures there with his family. It’s still very much under wraps, but rumour has it that he is currently working on another one for broadcast by Channel 4 next year – with the archipelago’s incredible underwater world to the fore, we hope. So we think the subject of his talk is a pretty safe bet, though you never know!
IN THE RUSSIAN ARCTIC
Outstanding British explorer and TV man of action Paul Rose has criss-crossed the world leading Nat Geo’s Pristine Seas expeditions. At DIVE 2019 he will be sharing with us his cold-water experiences in Severnaya Zemlya – otherwise known as the Russian Arctic, where he will be based in the month before the show.
THE DIVER AWARDS 2019
Over the past couple of months, divers up and down the UK have been voting for their dive-industry favourites in the 2019 DIVER Awards, in categories ranging from Liveaboard of the Year to Brand of the Year. To find out which products and services have struck gold, don’t miss this presentation!
STUPID THINGS MY DAD MADE ME DO
At 16, Freya Greatwood is already a veteran freediver and, as part of the NoTanx club, is able to travel light around the world in pursuit of her sport. Freya is one of a range of younger speakers at DIVE 2019 helping to inspire others to find their own way of taking the plunge.
If you didn’t get to see this inspiring documentary in cinemas earlier this year, don’t miss this special Dive Show screening, courtesy of Fins Attached. The third and last film by ocean activist Rob Stewart (pictured) before his untimely diving death, Sharkwater Extinction ranges all over the world in search of answers to the dark forces that threaten our oceans. Rob and his team travel through the USA, West Africa, Panama, Spain, Costa Rica and France, exposing the often violent underworld of the pirate fishing trade and the political corruption behind it.