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Iwade School Cancels Planned Balloon Release

The Sittingbourne based Primary School in Kent recently commemorated Remembrance Day with a two minute silence to remember past and present service personnel.

Iwade School had also planned to release helium balloons as part of the event. However after receiving advice from Rosemary Lunn of The Underwater Marketing Company and reading environmental news articles, the school reviewed the event and cancelled the balloon release.

Instead 50 children along with their parents, took the balloon tribute decorated with poppies, and placed them inside ‘All Saints Church‘, Iwade to be part of the Remembrance Day Sunday service.

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The weighted helium balloon display at Iwade School designed to commemorate Remembrance Sunday

“We, like many others, would have followed the strict guidelines given to us from our supplier and believed they were all biodegradable and only by reading your information and seeing things in the local news we find that this is not entirely accurate. We thank you again for providing us with further information so we can, as you suggest, make different decisions in the future so we do not further threaten our environment.”
Caroline Mariner, Principal, Iwade School

Many balloon suppliers advise that so-called ‘biodegradable balloons‘ are made made from natural latex, hence they take the same time to decompose as an oak leaf. Gardeners are aware that whilst some leaves mulch down quite quickly, oak leaves are remarkably durable and can take up to four years to decompose. During this time, it is quite possible for farm, wild and marine life to ingest or choke on a biodegradable balloon and die.

 

KISS To Rescue The Hollis Explorer?

Mike Young, KISS Rebreathers, Hollis Explorer Rebreather, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving newsMike Young of KISS Rebreathers has just made an announcement on social media today, Thursday 15th November 2017.

Young confirms that KISS has been in talks with the Hollis family regarding a conversion kit for the Explorer rebreather.

This kit will take your Explorer to a full CCR. It is an all mechanical system so bad electronics are not an issue any more“, stated Mike Young.

It is believed that testing will begin next week.

 

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.

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.

 

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.”