We have lined up a diverse range of topflight entertaining and informative speakers, with something for everyone
Graham Pettett - Graham is BSAC South East regional coach. Graham is a familiar face on the regional training circuit and will be known to many of you. Graham will be compere for the day and will be on hand to meet existing and prospective members of the BSAC to understand what you want from the South East region and how we can help. www.bsac-se.org.uk
Jack Ingle - Jack needs little introduction. he is one of the pioneers of UK technical diving. One of the UK's top technical diving instructors with just about every agency. Jack is the former BSAC Technical Diving Chief Examiner and lead the working groups which introduced Nitrox, Trimix and rebreather diving into the BSAC.
He leads expeditions all around the world from the South China Sea, to Norway, to Florida to the Mediterranean.Jack will be telling of his exploration of the many wrecks in the waters off of Malta including 6659 tonne SS Le Polynesien, a passenger cruise liner turned hospital ship and HMS Stubborn. www.jackingle.co.uk
Andy Torbet - Andy was lured into diving aged only 12
by the thrill of exploring and the promise of adventure. This Boy Scout
approach to adventure and diving has changed little since. As a
professional diver in the Army, including commanding the Army's
Underwater Bomb Disposal Unit, and a commercial diver he has seen some
unusual, interesting, and occasionally unpleasant, dive sites. His films
have been shown on the BBC and Underwater Channel and he writes
regularly for Dive Magazine and Sport Diver as well as giving
presentations around the country. He now uses his experience as a cave
and technical diver, along with his mountaineering qualifications and
expedition experience in search of new adventures, new dives and new
places to explore.
Alternative Adventure in Underwater Britain: Andy will be talking about the huge range of potential within the UK for exploration and adventure underwater using examples from his own projects. From river and high altitude lakes to cave and mines and updating everyone on his ongoing experimentation in White Water Diving. www.AndyTorbet.com
Simon Brown -
Simon will share some of the images taken over the last decade capturing
the varied work of military diving as well revealing the story behind
the creative process. His talk will cover initial diver training, bomb
disposal, discreet surveys of potential invasion beaches and how to
repair a nuclear submarine below the waterline without a dry dock.
Simon is a journalist and photographer, covering subjects from the underwater world. Above the waves Simon supplies features for the motorcycle press and finds the best subjects far from tarmac in some of the remote parts of the planet. His work has been published worldwide and translated into ten languages, including Russian and Mandarin. Simon is a member of the National Union of Journalists and takes an active interest in both photographers rights and copyright legislation.
Sarah Conner - Sarah is a PADI and
BSAC Instructor Trainer who learnt to dive while at university, she
quickly became an instructor diving every possible opportunity. Most of
Sarah’s diving has been in the UK or in temperate waters but she has
proven this need not be monotonous in the style of diving or location
leading many trips and expeditions. Diving with a purpose has always
been how Sarah has dived even before qualifying as a diver and finding
the BSAC. Sarah is a deep technical diver open and closed circuit, a
full and enthusiastic cave diver, a HSE Commercial SCUBA Diver and a
passionate ice diver. Sarah left bench science to work in science
documentaries, which allows her to work as a diver when on location.
Sarah will be talking about how ice diving changed her life twice, the fundamentals of ice diving and opportunities for everyone to learn – you never know it might change your life too!
Heather Ruxton - Heather has
travelled extensively in Asia and beyond from a very early age. She was
a qualified diver at the age of 12 having started snorkelling in the
India Ocean at just 2. Her passion was always for marine conservation
and the ‘Plastic Oceans’ project is very close to her heart. Since
graduating she has spent 3 full seasons working on a turtle conservation
project in Northern Cyprus, monitoring, protecting and raising awareness
of these endangered creatures.
She assisted with the research into the communication between the pink dolphins of Hong Kong, a population that inhabits the world’s busiest shipping lane and was a volunteer for the WWF campaign to protect them.
During the past year she has not only been working tirelessly as a teacher in London and Cornwall but has been researching for the ‘Plastic Oceans’ team, during the pre-production phase, liaising with the top scientists in the field and with researchers working in the planned filming locations. This high-end film will be a vital tool for the Plastic Oceans Foundation to raise global awareness of this issue and Heather is planning to work on the educational programme that will be developed as the film goes into production. Heather will be talking about her work with these amazing creatures. www.plasticoceans.net
Mark Beattie-Edwards is the
Programme Director of the Nautical Archaeology Society. Mark qualified
as a BSAC Advanced Diver whist studying archaeology at Southampton
University (taught by David Tresidder) and went on to get his HSE Scuba
and Surface Supplied qualifications in 2000.
Mark will be talking about the NAS’s recent work on the Norman’s Bay Wreck site. This wreck lies 2 miles off Pevensey Bay in only 12m of water and consists of over 40 iron cannon, an anchor and other elements of ship structure. In 2011 the NAS will be opening a diver trail on the wreck allowing divers to navigate the site, get a better understanding of what their looking at and therefore enjoying their dive more. www.nauticalarchaeologysociety.org
Paul 'Duxy' Duxfield from Cameras Underwater
will aim to dispel some of the commonly held myths, that you need very
expensive photo kit to take pictures of a professional standard and will
be passing on some of their years' of expertise with great tips
and tricks for photographers of all levels. www.camerasunderwater.co.uk
We will announce more great speakers soon