Work For Brit Scuba Diving Holiday Firm

blue o two, marketing assistant, Operations Consultant, scuba diving holidays, Plymouth, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving jobsAward winning holiday company – blue o two – is recruiting.

Are you looking to get into marketing? Or does operations interest you? There are two positions currently vacant.

Both positions are based in Plymouth, Devon, England.

To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to Liz Hall. Alternatively you can post your CV and covering letter to:

blue o two, 6 Sandy Court, Ashleigh Way, Langage Business Park, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, England, PL7 5JX.

Mark Powell Becomes TDI / SDI ‘International Business’ Manager

Brian Carney has just announced that Mark Powell – an award winning author, a TDI / SDI Instructor Trainer and a member of TDI / SDI Global Training Advisor Panel – is to join headquarters staff with immediate effect.

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TDI / SDI HQ Staff | Jordan Greene, Sean Harrison, Paul Montgomery, Mark Powell, Brian Carney (l to r)

Mark Powell qualified as a TDI / SDI Instructor in October 2000, and has been an ardent advocate of this training agency for almost two decades. In 2002 Mark Powell set up Dive-Tech (a dedicated technical diving training facility) and began working as a full time professional. A role that he has continued to this day.

“I am very excited to join the HQ team. The opportunity to help grow this agency is very exciting”, stated Powell.

The role of ‘International Business’ Manager will see Mark Powell racking up the air miles, as he brings his diplomatic business management acumen and sales training to TDI / SDI centres across the globe. (In his previous career Powell was a lecturer at the London School of Business & Management).

“I have been representing TDI / SDI in a number of UK industry relation roles for a couple of years now and I am delighted that this role is now expanding to other regions. I intend of course to keep on diving as much as possible. It is important to remain water-current, and I will be teaching, writing and speaking when not supporting the Regional Managers.”

TDI, SDI, Mark Powell, Jordan Greene, Sean Harrison, Paul Montgomery, Brian Carney, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving news, dive training, Technical Diving International, Scuba Diving International, HSE Recreational Diving Industry Committee, British Diving Safety GroupMark Powell will remain based in the UK, and will work alongside Paul Montgomery and Jordan Greene, assisting TDI / SDI Regional Offices, centres and members across the globe (that are based outside of the USA).

When Mark is not consulting or teaching diving courses at all levels (including CCR Advanced Mix Gas Instructor Trainer), he will continue to contribute to a number of diving magazines, and represent TDI / SDI on the British Diving Safety Group and the HSE Recreational Diving Industry Committee as well as being a member of the Diver Training and Breathing Apparatus committees at the British Standards Institute.

He is also in the middle of writing a follow up book to ‘Deco For Divers’. In 2008 Mark published this award winning manual at EUROTEK.08. Today ‘Deco For Divers’ is the standard text on theory and physiology of decompression. It is respected and is featured on the recommended reading list of several technical diving agencies.

 

Categories: Diving News

Calling All Kids! Design E/V Nautilus’s Next Expedition Patch

 

E/V Nautilus, expedition patch, ocean adventures, explorer, eastern Pacific Ocean,  Robert Ballard, Megan Cook, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, OWUSS Rolex Scholarship, scuba diving

Are you aged between 6 and 14? Are you good at drawing? It is time to break out your crayons and get colouring. Your artwork could go on an ocean adventure aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus!

Members of the Corps of Exploration will be exploring the eastern Pacific Ocean this year. To mark this important expedition, team members wear a patch. And you could design the official 2017 expedition patch.

The patch design must include the words ‘EV Nautilus’, ‘2017’ and represent ocean exploration under one of the following themes.

  • Science – geology, marine biology or archaeology
  • Technology – the ship, the ships’s ROV’s or the ships multibeam mapping sonar
  • Exploration – 90% of the ocean remains unexplored. Nautilus will study the eastern Pacific Ocean this year (Mexico, Canada, and the United States)

You can see examples of previous award winning patches here, and information on the rules and how to enter this fun ocean competition can be found here.

The competiton closes on 31 January 2017. Good luck to all!

Want To Be An OWUSS Rolex Scholar? Deadline Closes In 3 Days!

owuss_rolex_diving-scholarship_rosemary-lunnAre you aged between 21 and 26? Are you considering a career in an underwater-related discipline? Are you a Rescue Diver (or equivalent) with at least 25 logged dives? Have you not yet earned your graduate degree?

Then take note and get scribbling because everyone involved with the ‘Our World Underwater Rolex Scholarship’ programme agrees on one thing. This is the world’s best scuba diving scholarship!

Currently there are three Rolex Scholarships: North America, Europe, and Australasia. Each year one scholar is selected from each of the three regions and they are provided with a hands-on introduction to underwater and other aquatic-related endeavours, working side by side with current leaders in underwater fields.

OWUSS Rolex Scholarship, Felix Butschek, Lamar Hires, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, diving scholarships, Dive Rite,

Felix Butschek – 2016 / 2017 European OWUSS Rolex Scholar – diving Peacock Springs, following a sidemount course with Lamar Hires

These experiences may include active participation in field studies, underwater research, scientific expeditions, laboratory assignments, equipment testing and design, photographic instruction, and other specialised assignments.

Yolly Bosiger, Pete Mesley, Australasian OWUSS Rolex Scholar, scuba diving scholarships, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company

Yolly Bosiger – 2012 / 2013 Australasian OWUSS Rolex Scholar – learned to dive rebreathers with Pete Mesley

The deadline for this life-changing scholarship‬ is coming up. You have three days – until 31st *December – to apply.

Completed Scholarship applications must be RECEIVED via the online application no later than:

31st *December 2016 – North American Application
(to be considered for the 2017 scholarship)

31st *December 31 2016 – European Application
(to be considered for the 2017 scholarship)

31st January 2017 – Australasian Application
(to be considered for the 2017 scholarship)

Submissions Close Today for 2017 DAN / Rolex Diver Of The Year Award

Since 1989 Rolex and Divers Alert Network have collaborated to award a prestigious honour in scuba diving: the DAN / Rolex Diver of the Year Award.

Originally this began as a grant to DAN in the late 1980s and, over time, has evolved into an annual award that acknowledges excellence in diving and dive safety. It is given to “an individual who has made significant contributions to dive safety and / or the DAN mission over the past year.

DAN, Divers Alert Network, DAN Rolex Award, diving safety, Roz Lunn, Rosemary E Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company

DAN was founded in September 1980 | Image Credit: Rosemary E Lunn

Do you know an individual who:

  • Is passionate about diving
  • Promotes and supports DAN’s mission to prevent and manage diving incidents
  • Demonstrates exceptional dedication to establishing a culture of dive safety
  • Is committed to the highest level of care for the environment

Submit your nomination by 17.00 EST today – 16th December 2016 – by emailing Garrett Broyles at Divers Alert Network.

If you are wondering who has won this award in the past, there is a full list of winners at the bottom of this article.

Earlier this year Kirk Krack – CEO and Founder of Performance Freediving International (PFI) – was announced as the 2016 DAN / Rolex Diver Of The Year.

Kirk is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on freedive safety, instruction and education. This aspect of diving has grown enormously because of Kirk and his contribution to safety. He has successfully incorporated technical rescue divers into competitions and lead the culture of “no diving without a buddy”.

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2016 DAN / Rolex Award Winner Kirk Krack | Image Credit: Rosemary E Lunn

Krack received his award at the 2016 Beneath the Sea Dive Show in Secaucus, New Jersey on 2nd April 2016. He was presented with an Oyster Perpetual Rolex Dive Watch and a commemorative wall plaque.

Kirk made the following speech after receiving the award.

“Thank you Bill. And thank you to DAN and Rolex for honouring me with this prestigious award.

It’s truly a privilege to be with you all tonight and be recognized for my work in a field that has really been my life’s passion.

I knew from a very early age when I was skin diving off the family sailboat, that I would spend my life in the water. My career has had many steps in diving. It has spanned life guarding, commercial diving, recreational dive instruction and technical dive instruction. Little did I know that this path would lead me full circle back to my first true passion. Freediving.

16 years ago I founded Performance Freediving International because I could see there was a lack of proper education in our sport, in particular a lack of safety education.

The human body can adapt in some quite amazing ways when we freedive. I am still in awe of the unbelievable things we can do underwater on a single breath of air. But these physiological adaptations used to be little understood. I am proud to say that today we now have a lot more understanding of this form of diving. I feel lucky that we have been able to contribute significantly to these advancements.

Along the way we also proved the success of our methods, and I would be very remiss in accepting this award tonight if I did not credit my wonderful wife Mandy-Rae, who I coached to 7 world freediving records. In 2009 she was inducted into the Woman Diver’s Hall of Fame. She inspires me every single day. Thank you honey!

For 16 years we have working towards a greater acceptance of freediving in the world of underwater sports. I have always said that freediving is to SCUBA what snowboarding was to skiing—an alternative way to enjoy and express yourself underwater and a vehicle for bringing new generations of divers into our underwater world.

But freediving also has very specific nuances that set it apart from other underwater pursuits which, much like technical diving, require specialized training and education, so it is very gratifying to me that DAN and the diving community as a whole have positively embraced our sport and the need for proper safety education.

And I am excited that we are now building industry alliances that will forward PFI’s mission of helping divers Explore Their Potential Safely, Through Education.

You know, we all share the oceans. We have a common duty to protect and preserve them. I’m grateful to be in a room full of people that understand that truth, and I am proud to be among you all and to receive this fantastic award. Thank you!”

 

Previous DAN / Rolex Diver of the Year Award Winners

 

Drew Richardson, PADI, DAN Rolex Award, diving safety, diving education, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company

Drew Richardson won the DAN / Rolex Award in 1992 | Image Credit: Rosemary E Lunn

  • Jim Corry (1990)
  • Michael Lang, Ph.D. (1991)
  • Drew Richardson, Ed.D. (1992)
  • Karl Huggins (1993)
  • Glen Egstrom, Ph.D. (1994)
  • Marjorie Bank (1995)
  • Dick Long (1996)
  • Lee Somers, Ph.D. (1997)
  • Richard Dunford (1998)
  • Hillary Viders, Ph.D. (1999)
  • Greg Mackay (2000)
  • Bill Hamilton, Ph.D. (2001)
  • Simon Mitchell, Neal Pollock, Roz Lunn, Rosemary Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Stephen Frink, DAN Rolex Award, diving safety, diving medicine

    Simon Mitchell (centre) won the DAN / Rolex Award in 2015. He is pictured here with colleagues Neal Pollock (left) and the author, Rosemary E Lunn | Image Credit: Stephen Frink

    Marc Kaiser (2002)

  • Andrea Zaferes (2003)
  • Thomas Jaskulski (2004)
  • Albert José Jones, Ph.D. (2005)
  • Scott Taylor (2006)
  • Jeff Bozanic, Ph.D. (2007)
  • Ivan Montoya, M.D. (2008)
  • Paul Auerbach, M.D. (2009)
  • Gene Hobbs (2010)
  • Tom Neuman, M.D. (2011)
  • Alex Brylske, Ph.D. (2012)
  • Frank L. Chapman (2013)
  • Karen VanHoosen (2014)
  • Simon Mitchell, M.D. (2015)
  • Kirk Krack (2016)

Remembering Britannic’s Violet Jessop

100 years ago today ‘Miss Unsinkable’ – Violet Constance Jessop –  survived the sinking of HMHS Britannic.

The Last Olympian, Ken Marschall, HMHS Britannic, Richie Kohler, Rosemary Lunn, Roz Lunn, Kea Island, The Underwater Marketing Company, Lone Wolf Productions, Simon MilsJessop originally served as an ocean liner stewardess on the White Star ship RMS Olympic. At the time this was the largest luxury liner in the World.

On 20 September 2011 Jessop was on board when the Olympic sailed from Southampton. The first Olympic class liner collided with the British warship HMS Hawk. Luckily there were no fatalities and the ship made it back to port without sinking.

Just over six months later Jessop joined the crew of the second Olympic class liner on her maiden voyage: RMS Titanic. The loss of this supposedly ‘unsinkable’ ship during the early hours of 15 April 1912 had a huge impact on the owners of the White Star line and the British maritime industry. Harland and Wolff – the Belfast shipbuilder – quickly adopted a ‘safety-first’ approach, and amended the design of their third Olympic class liner.

The Last Olympian, HMHS Britannic, Ken Marschall, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Violet Jessop

Ken Marschall is a respected maritime painter | http://www.kenmarschall.com

Britannic was born at the wrong time because she was launched on 26 February 1914 – five months before the outbreak of WWI. She therefore did not see service as a transatlantic passenger liner. Instead the British Government requisitioned the last Olympian, refitted her and repainted her. Her hull was painted white complete with large red crosses. Britannic’s role was to carry sick and injured troops home from Gallipoli. Violet Jessop joined the crew as a nurse.

On 21st November 1969 Britannic was steaming along the Kea Channel in Greece. At approximately 08.12 a violent explosion rocked the ship. The ship had hit a German mine. Despite Harland and Wolff’s major modifications, Britannic sunk within 57 minutes.

“The white pride of the ocean’s medical world … dipped her head a little, then a little lower and still lower. All the deck machinery fell into the sea like a child’s toys. Then she took a fearful plunge, her stern rearing hundreds of feet into the air until with a final roar, she disappeared into the depths.” Violet Jessop

In September 2006 I joined a HMHS Britannic expedition led by Richie Kohler and John Chatterton. During the expedition I was asked to play the role of Violet Jessop for a re-enactment.

The Last Olympian, HMHS Britannic, Richie Kohler, John Chatterton, Martin Parker, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, Evan Kovacs, rebreathers, Simon Mills

The 2006 HMHS Britannic Dive Team

We filmed the sequence on Sunday 24th September 2006 in Kea Harbour. The cinematographer was Evan Kovacs and the safety diver was Joe Porter, editor of Wreck Diving Magazine.

It was already a hot afternoon before I donned woollen stockings, a long dress, a big black woollen coat, long scarf and hat. The ensemble was topped off by a very bulky cork life jacket.

We quickly realised that the life jacket worked. A good thing you would think. However I had to be pulled underneath the surface to re-create the struggle that Jessop had gone through to survive the sinking. The solution. I wore my 20lb shot belt beneath the long dress.

Jumping into Kea Harbour was a blessed relief from the intense Greek sun. But the respite was short lived. Film work tends to be a lot of ‘hurry up and wait’ interspersed with some intense action. There was a lot of hanging around in the water, and I began to get cold.

And it was literally hanging around for me.  I had to hold onto something solid for surface support as my weight belt proved to be most effective at pulling me under water.

Petar Denoble, HMHS Britannic, Violet Jessop, Titanic, Simon Mills, Rosemary Lunn, Roz Lunn, Richie Kohler, The Last Olympian, The Underwater Marketing Company, Lone Wolf Productions,

Filming in Kea Harbour | Photo Credit: Petar Denoble

This particular shoot took at least a couple of hours – I was filmed from all angles performing a variety of moves such as my feet kicking in the blue water. I was also shot from topside and underwater being pulled beneath Kea Harbour.

Evan asked that I jump into the water a number of times. He wanted to film me from below the surface as I replicated Jessop leaping out of the lifeboat and into the Aegean Sea.

“To my horror, I saw Britannic’s huge propellers churning and mincing up everything near them – men, boats and everything were just one ghastly whirl.” Violet Jessop

The lifeboat that Violet Jessop was in was being pulled into Britannic’s still rotating propellor. The only way to survive this giant mincing machine was to jump from the lifeboat. In doing so Violet struck her head on the keel and suffered a fractured skull.

All in all it was a great experience working with Evan and Joe on this shoot. When it was complete I climbed out of Kea Harbour with new respect for Violet Jessop. She must have been a remarkable lady.

Footnote

There have been a number of documentaries and books about HMHS Britannic. The latest book – ‘Mystery of the Last Olympian‘ – has been co-authored by Richie Kohler. Richie has dived this Olympic class liner in 2006, 2009, 2015 and 2016. He answers the century-old question as to why all the engineering solutions built into the mighty Britannic could not save her from sharing the same fate as Titanic.

Sea Scouts, Scuba and Scholarships

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The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a great organisation for boys and girls aged 14 to 21 keen to learn and improve their skills in, on and under the water. There are Sea Scout units (called ships) established across the USA on oceans, bays, rivers, and lakes.

The program covers important leadership and life skills, and includes a healthy serving of fun activities, where young people can share interests. One such activity is scuba diving, where the next generation can earn valuable scuba training and certifications.

Boy Scouts of America, youth diving, scuba diving, USA, Kathy Weydig, Keith Christopher, Sea Scouts, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, scuba diving PR, The Underwater Marketing Company, DAN, Divers Alert Network, WDHOF, Women Divers Hall of FameIf you are curious about how you can integrate Sea Scouts into your diving training operation, come to Room S230 today (Thursday 17th November 2016) at the DEMA Show.

Kathy Weydig (WDHOF Founder, DAN Board Member), and Keith Christopher (National Director of Sea Scouts & Outdoor Programs with Boy Scouts of America) will share how interacting with these young and adventurous scouts helps encourage a lifetime love of diving and promotes conservation of the seas.

And there is funding available too! Did you know that PADI offers a multilevel scholarship program to introduce Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts to the exciting underwater world?

You can find out more today at 10.00.