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

Armand Zigahn, JoAnn Zigahn, Beneath The Sea Dive Show, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

 

 

 

 

 

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

Professor Robert Richardson, McDonald's, helium balloons, Peter Wothers, MRI scanners, Despicable Me 3, environmental policy, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving PR,

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.

Last Day For Portland Coastguard SAR

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After more than two decades in service the Portland Coastguard search and rescue helicopter will today – Friday 30th June 2017 – cease operations, despite more than 100,000 people signing a petition to try to keep it open.

The Portland SAR helicopter base has performed rescues across the South West since 1995. The closure has come about because the MCA is being restructured, with a fleet of search and rescue helicopters operating from 10 bases.

The South Dorset MP Richard Drax had also spoken out against the closure of the base, “I watch their departure still very much with regret.”

There is little good news because Heli Operations (a company supplying trained helicopter personnel to companies worldwide) will be taking over the the Portland helicopter base site at Osprey Quay from tomorrow, 1st July 2017. This should mean that the base can provide a refuelling facility for the search and rescue helicopter.

Portland search and rescue helicopter, Dorset SAR, Lee On Solent Chopper, Richard Drax, dive safety, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving safety

The nearest SAR will now be located at the new £20m-helicopter base at Lee-on-Solent in Hampshire. The MCA has reported this is 15 minutes flying time from Portland.

The Portland area will also have back-up from helicopters in Cornwall and South Wales.

 

Rebreather Divers Grateful For Henderson’s List

Gordon Henderson, CCR, Inspiration List, Martin Parker, Nicky Finn, AP Diving, Geraint Ffoulkes-Jones, Sally Cartwright, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, closed circuit rebreather safety

At the end of May 2017 AP Diving’s Managing Director – Martin Parker – issued a statement on the Inspiration List.

“Gordon Henderson is retiring his Inspiration Users List after 19 years. I don’t think this milestone should pass without acknowledging the role of Gordon’s Inspiration List for CCRs generally: It has been a fundamental part of the way the sport diving world has learned about closed circuit rebreathers, procedures and rebreather safety.”

Gordon Henderson was an early adopter of the Inspiration Rebreather and a gifted IT specialist. When he placed an order for the “just launched” Inspo in 1998, Henderson immediately recognised the need for Inspiration owners to be able to communicate freely, and set up the Inspiration List using his Drogon email system. (Social media didn’t exist at the time and forums were pretty basic).

The resulting Inspiration List provided certified AP rebreather users with immediate multi-way communication and the ability to discuss issues, and share experiences with other CCR divers because “no knowledge or a little knowledge can kill you”.

“Why we don’t use Lithium Hydroxide, …..the idea for monitoring the thermal process in the scrubber came from list member discussions, ….understanding the effect of depth on the scrubber, …best decompression practices, ….best gas choices are just some of the topics that were put to bed.”
Martin Parker

Gordon Henderson, CCR, Inspiration List, Martin Parker, Nicky Finn, AP Diving, Geraint Ffoulkes-Jones, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, closed circuit rebreather safety, Sally Cartwright, SAA Chairman, Bluebird Project

Early Inspiration adopter and wreck explorer Sally Cartwright checks her handsets

“As a new Inspo diver (15 months now), lemme [sic] register my regards and gratitude to Gordon for doing this good work. A list like this is critical to safe, independent customer development and education, and it’s good to see that the factory agrees.”
Ken Blakely

This forum has proven to be the single most valuable education tool for the both of us to learn to dive more safely and knowledgeably. Time and again real nuggets of information from many contributors have enable us to learn more about our breathers and diving in general that we would not have otherwise learned.”
M
arc & Phyllis Dennis

Martin Parker also stated that if it wasn’t for Gordon’s involvement, the Inspiration List would have been dropped.

“I realised that quite a few of the subscribers enjoy this form of communication and if there is something important for the factory to say, it’s a good way of reaching people quickly.” Martin Parker

The Inspiration List also inspired other divers to set up valuable resources, including Jan Willem Bech’s “The Rebreather Site.

We are pleased to report that Andrew Last has kindly taken up the Inspiration List mantle.

Thank you Gordon for your exceptional service. It has been appreciated by so many CCR divers.

I’ll leave the last word to wreck explorer Geraint Ffoulkes-Jones.

“The true legacy of all your excellent work just cannot be measured, because it is the number of lives your valuable Inspo and general CCR information sharing source has saved over countless years, and thankfully we will never know the true extent.”

 

 

Aqua Lung Shot FX Fins

Aqua Lung state their Shot FX fins are an innovative design that helps provide a powerful, yet comfortable kick.

There are definite physiological differences between men and women when it comes to key pieces of equipment – suits, BCD’s, gloves – but does this also include fins? In writing this piece we have not been able to find any formal research into male and female fins and how each sex kicks during scuba diving. (Perhaps this might make a good PHd research project?).

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The Shot FX fins are part of the new ‘Details’ collection from Aqua Lung. This equipment range was specifically designed for females by an international team of female divers and water enthusiasts.

What we do know is that women have wider hips and these affect the centre of gravity, it is lower in women. We generally have shorter legs and shorter stride lengths. In the main women enjoy a greater range of joint movement and flexibility than men.

So where does that leave us when it comes to buying fins? We need something that works efficiently, but surely that is the wish of all divers?

Aqua Lung state the Shot FX Fin foot pocket has a customised inner sole designed to anchor the foot, preventing power from the boot moving laterally during the power stroke, resulting in maximum energy transmission.

The blade is shorter and softer when compared with other fins, making it easier to kick. And performance has been enhanced by adding an elastic blade insert. Apparently this creates a “spoon effect” that pushes more water with each down stroke.

Thought has also been given to the straps and Aqua Lung have realised just how popular technical spring straps are proving with the majority of divers. The Shot FX fins are fitted with metal spring straps and a soft heel lug, that help make donning and doffing much easier.

This visually attractive fin is proving to be popular with both sexes, and is available in Twilight and Arctic White.

Link to manufacturer or source: Aqua Lung

First Published: X-Ray MagazineSeptember 2013, Issue 56, Page 58

Earth Day 2017: Dive Point’s Plastic Pledge

Matthias Breit, Regina Rinkenburger, Dive Point, Red Sea Diving, scuba diving Hurghada, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving stories, diving PR, Earth Day

A Dive Point day-boat heading home following a day’s diving in the Red Sea

Dive Point, a recreational and technical diving centre based in Hurghada, Egypt has made a plastic pledge to coincide with this year’s Earth Day, by permanently reducing their onboard plastic waste.

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Dive Point’s new water drinking fountain contains 19 litres of water, ensuring that the guests don’t use 31 small plastic bottles

In 1969 at a UNESCO conference John McConnell proposed that an annual day be put in place to support and promote environmental protection. The first ‘Earth Day’ was held on the first day of spring (in the northern hemisphere) on 21st March 1970. The date later moved to 22nd April.

“We are always looking at ways to recycle and we wanted to mark Earth Day in a positive manner”, stated Regina Rinkenburger, Dive Point’s Operation Manager. In some countries, such as Germany and Canada it is really easy to recycle. In Egypt it can be more challenging, therefore we need to be cleverer with our waste.

We have found that recycling plastic is not a simple process; hence we must put in place as many ways as we can to reduce our plastic use. This week we have installed 19 litre water fountains on our dive boats. Each fountain is the equivalent of 31 small plastic bottles of water. Guests are welcome to fill their water containers as many times as they like. These fountains have already made a huge difference to the amount of plastic waste coming off our boats.”