Cornish manufacturer AP Diving is looking to a Product Design Engineer to play an integral part in the research, design, development and testing of new high-class diving products and equipment.
Reporting to the Research and Development Manager, the successful candidate will initially find their feet by gaining a complete technical and engineering understanding of the current product range as well as the industry sector including quality and European standard requirements.
For more information, check out the full application on GradCornwall.
Closing date: 8th May 2016
It has just been announced that Scripps Scientific Diving Officer Christian McDonald has been named an honorary Underwater Instructor by the Los Angeles County Underwater Unit.
He received this honour at the program’s annual awards dinner on 23rd April 2016 for his contributions supporting their Underwater Instructor Certification Course.
The program is the world’s oldest public safety program. It was developed in 1954 by LA County lifeguards participating in the then newly developed SIO scientific diving course. During the 62 year period over 1,100 underwater instructors have been certified.
Christian joins only 7 other persons, including SIO DSO emeritus James Stewart and SIO graduate Dr. Wheeler J. North, as honorary instructors for the county of Los Angeles. Congratulations Christian.
The ‘Beneath The Sea‘ show celebrated a major birthday earlier this month.
This USA based scuba diving event was founded in 1976, making this the 40th year Beneath The Sea has recognised divers who have made significant and lasting contributions in the fields of the arts, education, environment, service and science.
Included in the 2016 ‘Diver Of The Year’ Class was Dr Drew Richardson for Service. Drew is PADI Worldwide’s President & CEO.
Here is Drew’s acceptance speech.
“Thank you. I’m honored and humbled to receive this recognition as there are so many other more worthy recipients out in the world.
I’m passionate about diving and I’ve dedicated most of my life to it – to improving dive training to help make divers confident, competent and comfortable underwater.
Many of you may not know this, but I lost my brother in a diving accident when I was eighteen. My brothers and I were all experienced watermen- competitive swimmers, water polo players, lifeguards and divers. In large part, his passing was a catalyst in my decision to dedicate my life to diving education and exploration and contributing to helping make it safer for all who choose to try it.
I owe this honor to the many people who have worked with me over the years to make diving more than diving. To make it about changing lives.
As I see it, when we bring people into diving, going underwater is just the start. We’re not just in the dive business, we’re in the life transformation business.
Think about all of the amazing leaders who, through diving, change lives every day. A lot of these folks are in this room right now.
Look at the women recognized here tonight in the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. Cody Unser, you are a shining light and a rock star! Congratulations on this recognition. You open new doors every day for those who may have long thought them shut.
And, Dawn Kernagis, well done to you, as well. Your contributions in diving physiology, research and exploration in diving are for the betterment of all divers.
Margo Peyton isn’t here tonight, but she’s inspiring the next generation to become divers and join the ranks of dive professionals, leaders and ocean advocates. All of the Women Diver Hall of Fame members are all special and remarkable in their own right as leaders and role models. They change lives every day.
And then there’s my fellow Diver of the Year and Diving Pioneer award recipients. Wayne [Hasson], congratulations to you on receiving the 2016 Diving Pioneer award – this award is well deserved.
Fabien Cousteau, congratulations to you, as well, and thank you for carrying on your family’s legacy.
Richard [Lutz], congratulations and thank you for sharing the impact and importance of a perceived alien world with millions, influencing them to care.
Wendy [Benchley], thank you for standing up for shark protection to ensure future generations will have the opportunity to experience these majestic creatures.
And, to my friend, Bill Ziefle, thank you for standing up for diver safety through the efforts of DAN to ensure there’s help divers when they need it the most.
And, of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize the Beneath the Sea steering committee . . . Zig and JoAnne, Bob and Maria — along with all of the show volunteers who have humbly supported and served the dive community for 40 years. Their efforts have changed hundreds of thousands of lives over the years and provided new opportunity to our diving youth. They are the lighting rod in bringing us all together as a community. Thank you.
As divers, this is what we do. Through many ways, means and methods, we change lives. Some of us change lives in big ways, and others in small ways. But, it’s all significant.
I am honored to be among you all.
When I think about the future, I think about the ways we can inspire the global family of divers to stand together to pay it forward. To care about something much larger than ourselves, this includes adaptive scuba and also about as a community paying it forward by about turning around to the next person in line and helping them along on their journey.
This includes ocean conservation, underwater cultural heritage and preservation, and defending and protecting our ocean. While, as individuals, we all touch lives for the better, together we can make a meaningful difference.
There’s no group better positioned to accomplish these things than divers.
Success depends upon you – and every diver around the world – taking action. Let’s work together to unite a global force of divers to drive forward as agents to change. Let’s join together to take care of this gift that takes care of all of us. Now that’s life transforming.
I never get tired of seeing the PADI family change lives with diving. While this is reward enough, I deeply appreciate this recognition of my contributions to the industry and sport. I will use it to help inspire other to change lives and band together to save our oceans.
Here in Britain, there is genuine exploration on our doorstep.
And Andy Torbet, former soldier, and now professional action man, knows where you can find real adventure.
From glorious towering cliffs to our stormy seas, and ever downwards, deep underground, Andy has been exploring.
This Saturday – 23rd April – Andy is talking about his underwater antics at the Great Northern Dive Show at 11.15am.
Just what was it like to get stuck in the Cave of Skulls? Or complete the ultimate entry to Blowholes? And then of course there is glorious mud and Bog Snorkelling.
CCR expedition leader Pete Mesley is currently doing some research for a presentation he is going to be giving later on this year. And he needs some advice.
“What dive charter companies out there are TRUE supporters of technical diving? By this I mean that they don’t just say that they are ‘tech’ or ‘CCR’ friendly. They really provide the products, services and support needed by this market.”
Here is the criteria:
- The company states whether the customer wanting to do a tech dive needs to buy a sole charter, or a customer can walk in and go for a tech dive
- The company has tech gear for hire – twin / double manifolded cylinders, rigged stage tanks, sorb, etc
- The company pumps helium, oxygen, etc and can boost fills
- The staff are fully capable of supporting tech divers, ie providing guiding services
If you know a dive company who can offer at least two out of the four criteria listed above, please email Pete Mesley.
He would really appreciate your feedback and input on this.
Two explorers and a diving doctor are headlining ‘Our World Underwater’ in Chicago this weekend.
Jill and Neal have just flown in from Newfoundland – they were part of a team exploring and surveying the Bell Island Mine – and are pictured here in Conception Bay South.
They are going to be talking on subjects close to their heart.
Jill is speaking about the science of cave diving and giving advice on rebreather diving, whilst Neal will be discussing managing decompression stress and concerns of the aging diver. You can find the talk schedule here.
In between talks visitors have the opportunity of perusing the very latest in scuba diving equipment. Whether you are looking for your first snorkel or first rebreather, you should be able to find it here.
If you are considering more adventurous diving it is worth checking out Dive Rite. This company extensively designs and tests their gear by taking it real life diving. In reality it means that you benefit from equipment that fits properly and is capable of supporting the dives you want to do.
Did you know that several rebreather divers use a Transpac harness underneath their unit because it is so comfortable and hard wearing? And that many divers are diving Dive Rite products that are 10 – 20 years old because they are durable and so well made?
Britannic is **RMS Titanic’s bigger sister, and she also sunk. But why did she sink?
Britannic was being built in Belfast when Titanic sunk early on the 15th April 1912. Titanic’s catastrophic loss was such a shock to her shipbuilder – Harland & Wolff – that the engineers redesigned the mighty Britannic so that she would not share the same fate as her sister. But she sank twice as quickly as Titanic. How was that possible?
A man with some answers is wreck explorer and deep sea detective Richie Kohler. Richie is going to be talking about ‘A Decade of Exploration on HMHS Britannic’. And, if you are lucky, you might even be able to get your paws on a copy of his latest book, ‘The Last Olympian’. Why not get it signed!
* HMHS = His / Her Majesty’s Hospital Ship
** RMS = Royal Mail Ship (sometimes Steam-ship or Steamer)