Posts Tagged ‘OWUSS Rolex Scholarship’

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.

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


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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.

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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)

WDHOF Announces New Inductees

The Women Divers Hall of Fame is proud to announce the six new Members who will constitute the Class of 2014.

These extraordinary women will be officially inducted into the WDHOF on 29th March 2014, at the Beneath The Sea Awards Banquet in New Jersey.

Tamara Tami Thomsen, Maritime Archaeologist, Shipwreck Conservationist, Diving Instructor, Dr Dawn Kernagis, Project Pink Tank, rebreather divers, RF3, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, WDHOF, Women Divers Hall of Fame

Tamara ‘ Tami’ Thomsen
2014 Inductee into the WDHOF
Photo Credit: Christina Waller

Bonnie Toth, President of the Women Divers Hall of Fame stated, “This year we had a very large field of very talented, accomplished nominees, which made the decision process a very difficult one. Those who were not chosen have every reason to be proud of their accomplishments. The selection process has affirmed our belief that women throughout the world are doing great things to make a difference in the diving community and the marine environment. And I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who nominated and wrote letters of support.

I am thrilled to announce that we will be inducting the following ladies next Spring.”

Barbara Allen
Pioneer, Instructor, Ocean Advocate

Kristine Barsky
Marine Biologist, Environmentalist, Author, Videographer

Emma L. Hickerson
Unit Diving Supervisor, Conservationist, Submersible Pilot

Jayne Jenkins
Photographer, Educational Non-Profit Leader, Conservationist, Safety Diver

Deidre Sullivan
Marine Geologist, Educator, Submersible Diver

Tamara Thomsen
Maritime Archaeologist, Shipwreck Conservationist, Instructor

Sue Crowe is the new organiser of OZTek

OZTek – the Asia Pacific / Australiasian biennial advanced and technical diving conference and exhibition – has a new organiser.

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Photo Credit: Paul Morrall

David Strike, former organiser, announced that Sue Crowe will be the new Convener and Organiser of OZTeK2015. “Since its inception in 1999, OZTek has established itself as an internationally acclaimed diving event. In order to maintain that momentum, and recognising OZTeK’s need to build on its previous successes, I am pleased to announce that Sue Crowe will be the new Convener and organiser of OZTeK2015. I can think of no more fitting person than Sue to take control – she has many fresh ideas and enthusiasm.”

Sue is much respected and well known stalwart in the Asia Pacific diving industry and brings a wealth of experience to OZTek. She originally trained as a journalist before learning to dive. After working as an instructor, Sue became Editor and then Managing Editor of Scuba Diver Australasia.

She ran her own marketing and communications consultancy agency for two years before becoming Executive Director of Tabata Australia in 2005 through to 2012.

During that time, Sue has introduced several new brand names to Australia, been President of the Diving Industry Association of Australia. She is currently on the board of the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), is co-ordinator for the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society (OWUSS) in Australasia.

OZTek2015 will be held on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney, Australia.