2014 was a fantastic year for The Underwater Marketing Company. Rosemary E Lunn (Roz) regularly contributes to a number of diving publications, including Sport Diver Magazine and X-Ray Magazine. Getting your work printed is always special. But nothing is quite so thrilling as being featured on the front cover.
The first half of the year was taken up consulting on and establishing an inaugural technical diving event in North America; TEKDiveUSA. Roz and the Thorntons were supported and assisted by some amazing and talented Smurfs, and the international team of speakers, sponsors and exhibitors weren’t bad either. A favourite memory was being grabbed by gleeful Tom Mount who was chuffed to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
From Miami Roz flew straight to Grand Cayman to work Divetech’s Inner Space. If every dive centre was as well run as Nancy Easterbook’s establishment, the diving industry would be in great shape. This week long event attracts rebreather divers from all over the world for a number of reasons, including the plethora of underwater attractions this tropical island offers. The highlight of Inner Space was being made an ambassador for Poseidon Rebreathers, a fun time machine with the ability to do some serious diving.
The summer saw the publication of the long awaited Rebreather Forum 3 Proceedings
. (Click the link to get your free copy of this invaluable resource from this 2012 international safety symposium). Anyone involved with or diving rebreathers ought to read it.We attend a number of scuba shows and events throughout the World. In the USA Roz often bumps into Greg the Divemaster from Scuba Radio
. This online radio show has been broadcast for 17 years. It is always good to be able to contribute to this programme.
In August, 200 divers descended on North Wales for The Anglesey ScubaFest
. Diving, snorkelling, discover scuba, freediving clinics, kit try dives, bands, beach combing, beverages and bonne amid. £100 was raised for local charities and a good time was had by all.Time for another fab event. In September 500 divers, industry movers and shakers, explorers, experts and specialist exhibitors from all over the globe headed for the ICC in Birmingham. EUROTEK Advanced Diving Conference
, the major European advanced and tech diving conference turned 4 this year! Our gorgeous gala awards dinner was even more glittering and we raised £4,000 for the Rubicon Foundation
, thanks to the generosity of divers and sponsors alike.
It only seemed days later that it was DEMA Show
in Las Vegas. Roz worked with Dive Rite
on the launch of their new LX 20 Primary handheld torch
. It was great to help produce a sexy display iin the New Products Showcase.So that is glimpse of some of the highlights of 2014 – a year of scuba event management, journalism and PR. Here is to a great 2015!