Iwade School Cancels Planned Balloon Release

The Sittingbourne based Primary School in Kent recently commemorated Remembrance Day with a two minute silence to remember past and present service personnel.

Iwade School had also planned to release helium balloons as part of the event. However after receiving advice from Rosemary Lunn of The Underwater Marketing Company and reading environmental news articles, the school reviewed the event and cancelled the balloon release.

Instead 50 children along with their parents, took the balloon tribute decorated with poppies, and placed them inside ‘All Saints Church‘, Iwade to be part of the Remembrance Day Sunday service.

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The weighted helium balloon display at Iwade School designed to commemorate Remembrance Sunday

“We, like many others, would have followed the strict guidelines given to us from our supplier and believed they were all biodegradable and only by reading your information and seeing things in the local news we find that this is not entirely accurate. We thank you again for providing us with further information so we can, as you suggest, make different decisions in the future so we do not further threaten our environment.”
Caroline Mariner, Principal, Iwade School

Many balloon suppliers advise that so-called ‘biodegradable balloons‘ are made made from natural latex, hence they take the same time to decompose as an oak leaf. Gardeners are aware that whilst some leaves mulch down quite quickly, oak leaves are remarkably durable and can take up to four years to decompose. During this time, it is quite possible for farm, wild and marine life to ingest or choke on a biodegradable balloon and die.

 

KISS To Rescue The Hollis Explorer?

Mike Young, KISS Rebreathers, Hollis Explorer Rebreather, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving newsMike Young of KISS Rebreathers has just made an announcement on social media today, Thursday 15th November 2017.

Young confirms that KISS has been in talks with the Hollis family regarding a conversion kit for the Explorer rebreather.

This kit will take your Explorer to a full CCR. It is an all mechanical system so bad electronics are not an issue any more“, stated Mike Young.

It is believed that testing will begin next week.

 

WDHOF Reveals 2018 Class of Women Divers

USA based ‘Women Divers Hall of Fame‘ has today announced their class of 2018.

The six ladies – four American, two non-Americans – will be officially inducted into WDHOF on 24th March 2018 at the Beneath the Sea Awards Banquet in Secaucus, New Jersey.

The 2018 class includes a scientific diver, an underwater cinematographer, a marine conservationist, a diving educator and a diving journalist.

Patty Seery, Jeff Bozanic, Cristina Zenato, Our World Underwater Scholarship, Women Divers Hall of Fame, WDHOF, Long Beach Dive Show, The Scuba Show, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company,

Three hosts for the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society at the 2014 Scuba Show in Long Beach. From left to right WHODF 2018 Inductee Patty Seery, with rebreather author Jeff Bozanic and EUROTEK Diver of the Conference Award Winner, Cristina Zenato

In alphabetical order the 2018 class is:

Diana Hollingshead, PADI Instructor, PADI Habitat Diver Specialty, Oregon Coast Aquarium, AAUS Scientific Diver, Women Divers Hall of Fame, WDHOF, Beneath The Sea Show, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company

Diana Hollingshead: Instructor, Scientific Diver, Marine Biologist (USA)

Diana Hollingshead – a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, a DAN Instructor, an AAUS Scientific Diver, and co-owner of Eugene Divers Supply – promotes the need to stay current to maintain and further safe diving practices.

Hollingshead learned to dive in 1992. At the time of writing this article she has completed over 6,500 dives. She says her favourite place to dive is the beautiful, cold waters of the Pacific Northwest.

In 2000 she wrote the PADI Habitat Diver Specialty for the Oregon Coast Aquarium to train volunteer divers for the Aquarium. This outline is still used at the Aquarium today.

In 2008 Hollingshead established ‘Dive for a Cure’ to fund breast cancer research. To date Eugene Divers Supply has raised over US$560,000.00.

Hollingshead is a frequent school presenter and a volunteer at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, where she educates the public and volunteer divers.

 

Nathalie Lasselin, underwater cinematographer, Urban Water Odyssey, Women Divers Hall of Fame, WDHOF, Beneath The Sea Show, TDI, female rebreather diver, Fourth Element, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company,

Nathalie Lasselin: Explorer, Filmmaker, Speaker (Canada)

Nathalie Lasselin is a multi-award-winning underwater cinematographer based in Quebec. As a technical diver and instructor, she has filmed and explored deep wrecks, caves, and bodies of water in more than 50 countries, including the Arctic.

Nathalie shares her concerns for our fresh water resources, and actively promotes a better understanding of our planet through her films, articles and lectures. Her drive is to bring people together and empower them to have a better relationship with their environment.

Her latest project – Urban Water Odyssey – embraces all her goals and philosophy.

 

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Sharon Kwok Pong: Marine Conservationist, Wildlife Protection Activist, Environmental Advocate (China)

Sharon Kwok Pong was born in Hong Kong where her father was a founder of Ocean Park. She has had a passion for ocean and wildlife protection from an early age.

Kwok Pong is a successful actor and model. She has therefore used her celebrity status in the Chinese community to shine a spotlight on shark finning and illegal wildlife trade at events, in media campaigns, in schools and through her artwork. Her on-camera conservation efforts and fluency in Mandarin and Cantonese have been pivotal in inspiring the next generation of Chinese to protect the ocean.

Sharon Kwok Pong is a Mission Blue and WildAid board member, and is Executive Director of the AquaMeridian Conservation & Education Foundation.

 

Erin Quigley, underwater photographer, Women Divers Hall of Fame, WDHOF, Beneath The Sea Show, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company,

Erin Quigley: Photographer, Educator, Speaker (USA)

Los Angeles based Erin Quigley believes that exceptional imaging inspires stewardship of the marine environment.

Quigley began shooting underwater in 1994. She has been teaching post-production techniques to the dive community since 2007. Today she is an award-winning photographer and one of the first Adobe ACE certified experts to focus specifically on post-production techniques for underwater photographers.

In 2010, Quigley left her career as an award-winning costume designer and television producer to create GoAskErin.com – this provides resources and training for underwater photographers.

When Erin Quigley is not speaking at conferences, she judges contests, leads trips, and teaches workshops worldwide. She also writes the ‘Imaging Techniques’ column for Scuba Diving magazine.

 

Patty Seery, DAN, Women Divers Hall of Fame, WDHOF, Beneath The Sea Show, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company,

Patty Seery: Educator, Women’s Advocate, Facilitator (USA)

When she joined Divers Alert Network (DAN) in 2008, Patty Seery, MHS, brought with her more than 30 years of experience as a health care provider/educator and CPR instructor/instructor trainer in addition to being a scuba instructor/course director.

Today Seery is Director of Training at DAN America. She is the architect behind the current DAN first-aid courses which are being utilised by divers of all varieties and internationally by multiple agencies.

Her educational outreach has supported the leaders of tomorrow as they participate in various scuba-diving internships and scholarship programs. In addition she encourages and mentors women of all ages in diving activities through training and travel.

 

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Patricia Wuest: Editor in Chief at Bonnier Corporation and Ocean Conservationist (USA)

Patricia Wuest, editor-in-chief of Bonnier Corporation, has enjoyed a 20+ year career in dive journalism, working on the likes of Scuba Diving Magazine, Sport Diver Magazine and their related websites.

Wuest originally certified as a diver in 1993. Today she is the first female editor-in-chief on both magazines.

As the leader of the Dive Group team at Bonnier Corporation, she is passionate about using the magazines’ platform to support the dive industry’s efforts on all fronts – training, equipment, travel, and conservation – to spread the joy of scuba diving, to promote safe-diving practices and to reinforce the industry’s commitment to protect our water resources.

Virtually Dive S-28 Submarine Today!

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When the Okeanos Explorer is underway on an expedition, they broadcast streams from the ship. You never what is going to be spotted…


Later today, Friday 29th September 2017, NOAA’s Ocean Explorer program is broadcasting a live deep survey of a deep water archaeological target. 

The plan is to dive the American submarine S-28. This is an S-class WWII period submarine and it was lost with all hands during torpedo practice in 1944. S-28 was only recently discovered by Tim Taylor / Lost 52 Project.

The tentative dive schedule is (subject to delays):

Launch: ROV 08:30 GMT-10
ROV On Site: 09:30 -10:00 GMT-10
End Dive: 14:00 GMT-10

Viewers can switch between three different cameras during the dive.

There are two audio streams for the ROV pilots and for the archaeology science team. Listeners can change levels of the audio streams (depending on who they want to listen to) by changing the left / right levels on their computer audio.


 

Since posting this article there has been a change of plan.

Today’s broadcast will now be an ROV survey of the USS Baltimore.

This protected cruiser was launched in 1888 and served in the Spanish American War.

At present the ROV launch time will be approximately 08:30 GMT-10

2017 DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominees

The DEMA Reaching Out Award was first presented in 1989. This award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to the sport of diving by “reaching out” in some special way to improve the sport for everyone.

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This year PADI stalwart Al Hornsby and SSI’s Doug McNeese are the recipients of the 2017 DEMA Reaching Out Award. But who else was nominated for their work in developing recreational and technical diving?

The following are the 2017 DEMA Reaching Out Award nominees.

They include environmentalists, explorers, photographers, manufacturers and educators. The names are listed in alphabetical order. Some names will be familiar to you, some less so.

Click on a name or photo to find out more about these fascinating nominees.

Mike Ball

Mike Ball, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, scuba diving awards, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company

Richard Batchelder

Richard E. Batchelder, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Ccompressed Air Supplies, scuba diving awards, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company

Larry Beggs

Larry Beggs, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee. Reef Innovations, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Richard Bennett

Jeffery Bozanic

Jeff Bozanic, rebreathers, technical diving, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Ernest H. Brooks

Ernest Brooks, Ernie Brooks, underwater photographer, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Jonas Brandt

Jonas Brandt, poseidon rebreathers, MKVI, SE7EN, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Buddy Brown

Buddy Brown, TDI, SDI, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Curt Brown

JD Duff

JD Duff, underwater photography, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Lynn Funkhouser

Lynn Funkhouse, underwater photography, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Jerry Greenberg

 Jerry Greenberg, underwater photography, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Mark A. Gresham

Mark Gresham, scuba cylinder testing, PSI-PCI, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Wayne R. Hasson

Wayne Hasson, Aggressor Fleet, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Lamar Hires

Lamar Hires, Dive Rite, Jill Heinerth, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Jim Hollis

Jim Hollis, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Ian G. Koblick

Ian-Koblick, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Thomas J. Koch

Thomas J. Koch, deaf scuba diving instructor, PADI, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Thomas Leaird

Thomas Leaird, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Larry McKenna

Larry McKenna, save turtles, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Martin Parker

Martin Parker, AP Diving, Inspiration Rebreather, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Mike Pelissier & Jerry Peck

Mike Pelissier, Jerry Peck, full face masks, Ocean Technology Systems, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Margo Peyton

Margo Peyton, PADI, KIds Sea Camp, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Scubapro. Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Robert Quintana

Robert Quintana, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Lee Selisky

Lee Selisky, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Dale Sheckler

Dale Sheckler, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Richard Stewart

Richard H. Stewart IV, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Barbara L. Thomson

Barbara L. Thomson, Subsea Engineering Technologies, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Paul Wagenseller

Paul Wagenseller, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Kathy A. Weydig

Kathy Weydig, Women Divers Hall of Fame, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Bruce R Wienke

Bruce R Wienke, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards,

Cristina Zenato

Cristina Zenato, Women Divers Hall of Fame, EUROTEK Diver of The Conference, shark advocate, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards, Mark Dixon

Armand & JoAnn Zigahn

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STD Raises Funds For Air Ambulance & RNLI

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LP Diving’s customers and Staffordshire Technical Divers celebrating friendship whilst raising funds for SAR services | Image Credit: Barry Smith

Customers of LP Diving and members of Staffordshire Technical Divers (STD) got together yesterday (Saturday 29 July) for a summer social hosted by Lance Palmer and LP Diving & Marine Services.

The weather was kind for the BBQ, and £300 was raised. The money will be split between the air ambulance and the RNLI.

LP Diving in Penkridge has become STD’s unofficial base because the centre stocks sorb, blends gas and services scuba, advanced and technical diving equipment to IDEST standards. The facility is popular because it has ample free parking, is handy for Stoney Cove and supports rebreather diving.

Staffordshire Technical Divers is a non-training SAA technical diving club that organises technical diving, trips and expeditions. The members benefit from affordable insurance at a special rate courtesy of Westfield Insurance. It is a national club with members located across the country. You don’t need to live or work in Staffordshire to be a member. You just need to be a technical diver looking for like-minded divers to go diving with.

 

McDonald’s – It’s Time To Stop Using Helium Balloons

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In July 2017 McDonald’s restaurants in the UK promoted the film “Despicable Me 3” by using helium balloons

In December 2012 Professor Robert Richardson of Cornell University in New York argued that a helium party balloon should cost somewhere in the region of £75 to more accurately reflect the true scarcity of the gas. What is Richardson’s authority with this gas? In 1996 Professor Richardson won the Nobel physics prize for his research on helium.

Just a month later, in January 2013, the Independent newspaper published an article entitled “A ballooning problem: the great helium shortage“.

In the article Peter Wothers, a British Chemist and a teaching fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge stated, “The scarcity of helium is a really serious issue. I can imagine that in 50 years’ time our children will be saying ‘I can’t believe they used such a precious material to fill balloons’”.

We only have a finite supply of helium. It is a vital scientific gas and it is needed to run medical machines such as MRI scanners. In both fields this gas is irreplaceable.

Granted we are not going to run out of helium tomorrow, but it is now time to carefully use helium. 100 years ago we utilised ivory in much the same way that plastic is currently consumed. No one batted an eye at shooting an elephant so that the tusks could be used to make billiard balls. Today we think about ivory and elephants completely differently and this thinking needs to extend to helium and balloons. Filling balloons with helium is absolutely the wrong use of this precious resource.

McDonald’s Helium Balloons

We are now in the summer of 2017. The film Despicable Me 3 has just been rolled out in UK cinemas and who doesn’t love a Minion! It is no surprise that McDonald’s has teamed up with this movie franchise and run some co-promotions because these films are joyous pieces of fun. What was less joyous was spotting that McDonald’s had fallen back on an old fashioned, out-dated method to promote the fast food chain and the film. Tying helium filled branded balloons to the railings outside their restaurant.

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The McDonald’s co-branded balloons displayed information about Despicable Me 3 and the McDonald’s Happy Meal, along with a ‘don’t litter’ sign

I therefore thought it an appropriate time to check out McDonald’s Environmental Policy. The relevant page has the title “striving for a sustainable future”.

At McDonald’s we recognise our responsibility to protect and preserve the environment for future generations. That is why we have a sustainable sourcing policy for food and packaging and aim to use our planet’s resources efficiently.

We believe in the importance of having a positive impact on the hundreds of communities in which we operate. Apart from supporting grassroots football and helping to fundraise for RMHC, we help to keep local areas clean and litter free by organising daily litter patrols and larger clean-up events.

Through our Planet Champion Programme, we train our employees on sustainable practices and inspire them to do their part, both in the restaurants and at home.”

Dear McDonald’s

Printing a “please don’t litter” sign on your balloons really doesn’t make much of an environmental impact. If you really want to change this planet for the better, please review your ‘Planet Champion Programme’ and bring it up to date.

Helium is a finite resource. It is time to stop using this precious gas in balloons as a marketing mechanism throughout your entire group. You have the worldwide power and authority to make a positive impact and help educate the public that the party is well and truly over when it comes to helium balloons. It won’t take much effort. It will make a massive difference. Please make it so. Thank you.