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WDHOF Reveals 2018 Class of Women Divers

USA based ‘Women Divers Hall of Fame‘ has today announced their class of 2018.

The six ladies – four American, two non-Americans – will be officially inducted into WDHOF on 24th March 2018 at the Beneath the Sea Awards Banquet in Secaucus, New Jersey.

The 2018 class includes a scientific diver, an underwater cinematographer, a marine conservationist, a diving educator and a diving journalist.

Patty Seery, Jeff Bozanic, Cristina Zenato, Our World Underwater Scholarship, Women Divers Hall of Fame, WDHOF, Long Beach Dive Show, The Scuba Show, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company,

Three hosts for the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society at the 2014 Scuba Show in Long Beach. From left to right WHODF 2018 Inductee Patty Seery, with rebreather author Jeff Bozanic and EUROTEK Diver of the Conference Award Winner, Cristina Zenato

In alphabetical order the 2018 class is:

Diana Hollingshead, PADI Instructor, PADI Habitat Diver Specialty, Oregon Coast Aquarium, AAUS Scientific Diver, Women Divers Hall of Fame, WDHOF, Beneath The Sea Show, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company

Diana Hollingshead: Instructor, Scientific Diver, Marine Biologist (USA)

Diana Hollingshead – a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, a DAN Instructor, an AAUS Scientific Diver, and co-owner of Eugene Divers Supply – promotes the need to stay current to maintain and further safe diving practices.

Hollingshead learned to dive in 1992. At the time of writing this article she has completed over 6,500 dives. She says her favourite place to dive is the beautiful, cold waters of the Pacific Northwest.

In 2000 she wrote the PADI Habitat Diver Specialty for the Oregon Coast Aquarium to train volunteer divers for the Aquarium. This outline is still used at the Aquarium today.

In 2008 Hollingshead established ‘Dive for a Cure’ to fund breast cancer research. To date Eugene Divers Supply has raised over US$560,000.00.

Hollingshead is a frequent school presenter and a volunteer at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, where she educates the public and volunteer divers.

 

Nathalie Lasselin, underwater cinematographer, Urban Water Odyssey, Women Divers Hall of Fame, WDHOF, Beneath The Sea Show, TDI, female rebreather diver, Fourth Element, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company,

Nathalie Lasselin: Explorer, Filmmaker, Speaker (Canada)

Nathalie Lasselin is a multi-award-winning underwater cinematographer based in Quebec. As a technical diver and instructor, she has filmed and explored deep wrecks, caves, and bodies of water in more than 50 countries, including the Arctic.

Nathalie shares her concerns for our fresh water resources, and actively promotes a better understanding of our planet through her films, articles and lectures. Her drive is to bring people together and empower them to have a better relationship with their environment.

Her latest project – Urban Water Odyssey – embraces all her goals and philosophy.

 

Sharon Kwok Pong, Mission Blue, Wild Aid, AquaMeridian Conservation & Education Foundation, Sylvia Earle, Women Divers Hall of Fame, WDHOF, Beneath The Sea Show, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company,

Sharon Kwok Pong: Marine Conservationist, Wildlife Protection Activist, Environmental Advocate (China)

Sharon Kwok Pong was born in Hong Kong where her father was a founder of Ocean Park. She has had a passion for ocean and wildlife protection from an early age.

Kwok Pong is a successful actor and model. She has therefore used her celebrity status in the Chinese community to shine a spotlight on shark finning and illegal wildlife trade at events, in media campaigns, in schools and through her artwork. Her on-camera conservation efforts and fluency in Mandarin and Cantonese have been pivotal in inspiring the next generation of Chinese to protect the ocean.

Sharon Kwok Pong is a Mission Blue and WildAid board member, and is Executive Director of the AquaMeridian Conservation & Education Foundation.

 

Erin Quigley, underwater photographer, Women Divers Hall of Fame, WDHOF, Beneath The Sea Show, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company,

Erin Quigley: Photographer, Educator, Speaker (USA)

Los Angeles based Erin Quigley believes that exceptional imaging inspires stewardship of the marine environment.

Quigley began shooting underwater in 1994. She has been teaching post-production techniques to the dive community since 2007. Today she is an award-winning photographer and one of the first Adobe ACE certified experts to focus specifically on post-production techniques for underwater photographers.

In 2010, Quigley left her career as an award-winning costume designer and television producer to create GoAskErin.com – this provides resources and training for underwater photographers.

When Erin Quigley is not speaking at conferences, she judges contests, leads trips, and teaches workshops worldwide. She also writes the ‘Imaging Techniques’ column for Scuba Diving magazine.

 

Patty Seery, DAN, Women Divers Hall of Fame, WDHOF, Beneath The Sea Show, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company,

Patty Seery: Educator, Women’s Advocate, Facilitator (USA)

When she joined Divers Alert Network (DAN) in 2008, Patty Seery, MHS, brought with her more than 30 years of experience as a health care provider/educator and CPR instructor/instructor trainer in addition to being a scuba instructor/course director.

Today Seery is Director of Training at DAN America. She is the architect behind the current DAN first-aid courses which are being utilised by divers of all varieties and internationally by multiple agencies.

Her educational outreach has supported the leaders of tomorrow as they participate in various scuba-diving internships and scholarship programs. In addition she encourages and mentors women of all ages in diving activities through training and travel.

 

Patricia Wuest, Bonnier Corporation, Scuba Diving Magazine, Sport Diver Magazine, diving journalist, Women Divers Hall of Fame, WDHOF, Beneath The Sea Show, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company,

Patricia Wuest: Editor in Chief at Bonnier Corporation and Ocean Conservationist (USA)

Patricia Wuest, editor-in-chief of Bonnier Corporation, has enjoyed a 20+ year career in dive journalism, working on the likes of Scuba Diving Magazine, Sport Diver Magazine and their related websites.

Wuest originally certified as a diver in 1993. Today she is the first female editor-in-chief on both magazines.

As the leader of the Dive Group team at Bonnier Corporation, she is passionate about using the magazines’ platform to support the dive industry’s efforts on all fronts – training, equipment, travel, and conservation – to spread the joy of scuba diving, to promote safe-diving practices and to reinforce the industry’s commitment to protect our water resources.

Virtually Dive S-28 Submarine Today!

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, Tim Taylor, Hawaii, S-28, Lost 52 Project, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company

When the Okeanos Explorer is underway on an expedition, they broadcast streams from the ship. You never what is going to be spotted…


Later today, Friday 29th September 2017, NOAA’s Ocean Explorer program is broadcasting a live deep survey of a deep water archaeological target. 

The plan is to dive the American submarine S-28. This is an S-class WWII period submarine and it was lost with all hands during torpedo practice in 1944. S-28 was only recently discovered by Tim Taylor / Lost 52 Project.

The tentative dive schedule is (subject to delays):

Launch: ROV 08:30 GMT-10
ROV On Site: 09:30 -10:00 GMT-10
End Dive: 14:00 GMT-10

Viewers can switch between three different cameras during the dive.

There are two audio streams for the ROV pilots and for the archaeology science team. Listeners can change levels of the audio streams (depending on who they want to listen to) by changing the left / right levels on their computer audio.


 

Since posting this article there has been a change of plan.

Today’s broadcast will now be an ROV survey of the USS Baltimore.

This protected cruiser was launched in 1888 and served in the Spanish American War.

At present the ROV launch time will be approximately 08:30 GMT-10

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.

Al Hornsby, Doug McNeese, DEMA Reaching Out Award 2017, scuba diving awards, PADI, SSI, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving PR.jpg

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

LP Diving, Lance Palmer, Game of Thrones, Westfield Insurance, Staffordshire Technical Divers, Sally Cartwright, Rosemary Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, technical diving clubs, scuba diving in Staffordshire, Penkridge, Barry Smith

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.

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,

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

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

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.”