Blue Planet II premiers in Oz

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The UK’s most watched TV show for 2017 – Blue Planet II – premiers in Australia today. It will be broadcast on Channel Nine at 19.00.

A remarkable series that has moved us to action and is leaving an indelible mark on our world

Former OWUSS Rolex Australasian scholar Yolly Bosigner is a researcher at the BBC Natural History Unit. The Queensland native stated that 14 stories in the series was filmed in Australia.

I am so incredibly proud to have grown up in a country which as such awesome marine life and I personally hope we recognise just how lucky we are and look after it!

Yolly Bosigner, OWUSS Rolex Australasian scholar, BBC Natural History Unit, David Attenborough, plastic oceans, Blue Planet II, Blue Planet 2, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, tuskfish, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving news, Impact Award,We filmed the ingenious tool-using tuskfish, beautifully ornate weedy sea dragons, and octopus that hunt co-operatively with grouper. Probably the most incredible spectacle I have seen underwater was the marauding aggregations of spider crabs.

Thank you to all of my Aussie friends who helped provide thoughts and ideas over the last four years. It has been a huge team effort.”

Blue Planet II took four years to make, and the team behind it went on 125 expeditions to 39 countries. They spent over 6,000 hours underwater filming on every continent and across every ocean.

Last month the series narrator – Sir David Attenborough – collected a special ‘Impact Award‘ for Blue Planet II on behalf of the BBC Natural History Unit, for highlighting the overwhelming global problem we have with plastic pollution.

Get your hands on a Ghost Fishing UK reporting notebook

Ghost Fishing UK is calling on domestic divers to help survey and report ghost gear at dive sites around Great Britian.

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To this end they have worked with Dive Proof to develop two sets of reporting notes. An A5 and a ‘Wetnotes’ sized notebook. Both notebooks are laid out with all the information needed to document ghost gear.

These notebooks can be dived or splashed, the ‘paper’ is hard to tear, and they are significantly cheaper than regular Wetnotes re-fills. Simply document the ghost gear, and then use the QR code on the back of the book to upload the data to the Ghost Fishing UK’s reporting page.

The Wetnotes sized book will be £8 whilst the A5 book is £10.50. This price does not include postage and packaging.

Please note that these are only available only in the UK at present.

To order your notebook, please contact Ghost Fishing UK via their Facebook page.

Ahmed Gabr To Give 2018 ‘London Dive Chamber Lecture’

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Ahmed Gabr

The London Dive Chamber has today announced that Ahmed Gabr is to speak at the 19th London Dive Chamber lecture.

Gabr talked about the logistics, planning and dive aspect of his record breaking scuba dive to 332.35 mt / 1091 ft at EUROTEK.2014. If you missed this presentation at the European advanced and technical diving conference, you can hear Ahmed speak on Tuesday 6th March 2018 at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

I interviewed Ahmed Gabr in 2014 about his record breaking dive preparation. He told me “I took two years to evaluate whether I could do the dive. I then undertook a four year hardcore training programme to improve my metal and physical fitness – yoga, cardiovascular, cycling, running, swimming – whilst following a Pescatarian diet. (A plant-based diet with the inclusion of fish). I wanted to become a Vegan, but that is pretty challenging. I actually delayed the dive five times until the 18 September to ensure that everything was as perfect as it could be.

The second lecture of the night will be delivered by Didier Noirot. This Emmy Award winning underwater videographer was Jacques Cousteau’s right hand man for many years.

Entrance is free to these lectures so please stop by a cashpoint on your way to the RGS and load up your purses and wallets with cash. This event is the Trust’s biggest fundraiser, so please dig deep and give generously to the folks rattling the Scuba Trust buckets on the night.

Ahmed Gabr, Scuba Trust, EUROTEK, advanced diving conference, London Diving Chamber lecture, Royal Geographical Society, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Didier Noirot, Jacques CousteauTickets for the London Diving Chamber go very fast indeed, so register now to avoid missing out.

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018
Time: 19.00 (doors open at 18.00)
Location: The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

Suunto UK Seeks Operations Manager

Suunto Diving UK are recruiting for a new Ops Manager to be located in Alton, Hampshire.

Scheduled Hours: Full Time, Monday – Friday plus weekend event cover

Salary: Dependent on Experience

Are you an experienced Operations Manager who has a passion for delivering excellent customer service within a sales and distribution centre? Are you looking for an exciting new challenge to exert your skills and expertise? If so then we would love to hear from you.

Your Role and core responsibilities

As our operations manager, you would be based on a permanent basis at our Alton, Hampshire sales and distribution centre.

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Reporting to the Business Manager you will manage the daily operations of the business ensuring all sales support, distribution and customer service tasks are carried out in an efficient and timely manner. You will also be responsible for ensuring that future demands of the business are considered and will implement changes to meet these.

You will understand the importance of communication and can motivate a small team ensuring customer needs are met and exceeded whilst striving to improve best practice. You will lead by example and are not be afraid to roll up your sleeves and join in all for aspects of the business. You must have a keen eye for detail whilst being able to see the bigger picture to ensure all departments work closely together.

You must be a confident trouble-shooter and manage challenges that arise on a daily basis. You will take the lead with the implementation, sustaining and reporting of KPIs to not only guide all team members, but continually motivate them and ensure that company values are maintained.

You will have experience in inventory management and forecasting/purchasing ensuring that stock is controlled to provide best return on investment. You will be a strong communicator liaising with the internal sales team, Head office staff and trade customers to implement the forecast and for any promotional sales.

You will be responsible for the facilities, infrastructure and health and safety of the site ensuring that all functions can be carried out seamlessly ensuring the wellbeing of staff.

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Experience and qualifications

  • Batchelor degree level qualification, ideally in business administration or a similar management qualification (Other qualifications/experience to be considered for the correct candidate)
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience within an operations role with a strong understanding of sales and distribution
  • Team leadership
  • Have previously worked in a customer service related field
  • Inventory control and forecasting/purchasing
  • Health and Safety management
  • Scuba diving qualifications would be an advantage
  • Sage 50 Accounts experience would be a strong advantage
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Important qualities

  • Be self-motivated and able to work under own initiative
  • Be self-confident and possess strong leadership skills
  • The ability to troubleshoot
  • Maintain a methodical and organised approach to working
  • Good time management skills
  • Have a good business judgement and initiative to make decisive decisions

Benefits

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Think you can manage this? Apply now by sending your CV to info@suuntodm.co.uk

About Suunto Diving UK

Part of the Amer Sports group, we are the UK and Irish distributor for the scuba diving product range manufactured by our parent company. We provide sales, distribution and after sales support to all our customers both in the diving trade and end consumers.

Doug Allan Hosts BBC Radio 4’s ‘Tweet Of The Day’

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Doug Allan pictured between dives at Vobster Quay | Image Credit: Rosemary E Lunn

This week you have the opportunity to wake up to Doug Allan‘s dulcet tones as he discusses his encounters with five Antarctic birds.

The award winning scuba diving cinematographer – as featured on Blue Planet, Earth, Coast et al. – is hosting BBC Radio 4’s ‘Tweet of the Day‘. This 90 second programme brings birdsong into your bedroom.

Allan kicked off this week as he remininsed about hearing a Emperor Penguin chick for the first time. Over the next four days he will meet a Snowy Petrel, a Snowy Sheathbill and a wandering Albatross. Allan rounds off his tweets with a story about a giant Petrel.

 

 

Bursting bubbles: The Simon Mitchell Story

Earlier this year renowned diving physician and Head of Anaesthesiology at the University of Auckland, Dr Simon Mitchell, became a ‘full professor’.

He delivered his inaugural lecture (as a full professor) on 23 August 2017 at Grafton Campus, Auckland, New Zealand.

His lecture was titled ‘Bursting bubbles. How a recreational passion drove an academic career’ and looked at his personal academic journey that started with a teenage passion for diving and led to an inspirational career.

 

Simon is a lifelong passionate diver and was a member of a team that located, dived and identified 3 deep shipwrecks of high historical significance in Australia and New Zealand. At the time of one of these dives it was the deepest (180 mt / 600 ft) ever undertaken to a wreck.

During his inaugural lecture he spoke about being part of the team that established a consenus definition of ‘mild decompression illness’ and legitimised the option to not recompress divers that met that definition. It became a global paradigm shift. In 2005 a workshop was held to discuss this. You can find the proceedings here.

Present Ideas For Divers: Custom Divers Accessory Retainer

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There are those that copy. And those that innovate. Alex Vassallo is an innovator.

This clever man originally trained as a cryogenics engineer and he uses this expertise, plus his experience as a technical diver to invent ingenious equipment for advanced and technical divers.

One of his latest creations is the (patent pending) Custom Divers Accessory Retainer.

Alex Vassallo, Custom Divers, Accessory Retainer, D Ring Shackle, rigging accessories, securing gear to harness, Litebuck, kit configuration, scuba diving, technical diving, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, presents for diversI have had one secured to a strap on my work bag for a couple of years now, and I have found it to be quite an invaluable D ring. I have hooked the handle of an empty travel mug through the ring or temporarily clipped items to it.

As a matter of course I have a LITEBUCK strapped to it, because you never know when you will need a tiny emergency light. (The modern day version of Lady Galadriel’s light.) This very small lightweight light can provide low level illumination for about 100 hours.

The Custom Divers Accessory Retainer (£9.00) appeals to me because it is so easy to fit. Just weave the webbing through the slots on the retainer and fix it in place with the bungee. I then added a Custom Divers D Ring shackle (£8.00) by placing the D ring appropriately, and then threading the securing bar through the D Ring hole, behind the webbing and then screwing it into place through the second D Ring hole. It took me a matter of a few seconds to fit the whole system.

This neat device will be a boon for divers who don’t want to un-thread / re-thread a harness to attach a temporary D Ring. This 316 stainless steel accessory retainer can also be used to secure hoses or torches onto 50mm / 2″ webbing. Simply adjust the bungee to accommodate the size of the accessory.