List Of

Talk / Presentation 2017

Underwater Photographer

Speakers 2017

MICHAEL AW

PUBLISHER, UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER – OCEAN GEOGRAPHIC

TOPIC: TOPIC: PUSHING THE LIMIT – CREATIVITY, EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES

DATE & TIME: 5 AUGUST 2017  I  3:45PM – 4:25PM & 6 AUGUST 2017  I  1:15PM – 1:55PM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: Michael AW is a wildlife photographer, explorer and a conservationist. He has authored of 35 books of the ocean. His accolades include winning more than 65 international photographic awards and were named as one of the world’s most influential nature photographers by Outdoor Photography. Michael AW’s essays and pictures have been published in BBC Wildlife, GEO, National Geographic, the Smithsonian, Nature, Ocean Geographic, Asian Geographic, Nature Focus, Times, and Discovery to name but a few. From 2010 to 2016 Michael was the project director for the Elysium Epic expedition to the Antarctic and Arctic with 66 team members comprise the world’s best image makers and scientists, to document the flora and fauna for a movie and climate change index of the Arctic from Svalbard, Greenland to Iceland.

He is recipient of four awards from the Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year Wildlife Competition in 2000, 2010 and in 2006 and 2015 he was the Winner award for the underwater category. In 2013 he was awarded the NOGI AWARD for Arts and inducted into the American Academy of Underwater Arts and Science.

In 2012, Michael’s ‘Indonesia’s Global Treasures’ won the International Prize for Best Book of the Year at the World Underwater Pictures Festival (Festival Mondial de l’Image Sous Marine). This artistic book category yielded entries from a host of international authors and photographers including books published by media powerhouses from UK, Germany, Singapore, USA and France. “Global Treasures” received the Palme d’Or (Gold) award.  Michael is the first to have won this prestigious award twice; the first was for “Heart of the Ocean” in 2009.

In 2010 he won the the prestigious Gold Diver award for the highly contested Portfolio category at the World Festival of Underwater Pictures in France. This is the first time an Asian has won this category. In 2008 Stan Waterman conferred Michael with the Peter Benchley Shark Conservation Award from Sharks Research Institute in recognition of his highly-effective and unrelenting campaign against shark fin soup consumption in the Asia Pacific region. Michael is also a recipient of the prestigious WYLAND ICON award for Conservation in 2011 and in 2012 he was presented the Diver of the Year Award at the Beneath the Sea Festival in New Jersey. In 1999, he led a team of 44 for the world’s first 24 hour documentation of a submerged reef, Maaya Thila in the Maldives.  The documentary “24Hours Beneath the Rainbow Sea” was produced for the National Geographic channel and the book of the same title was published in 2000.

Michael remains today, an active member of the Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a Fellow International of The Explorer Club NY. Some of the most prominent Fellows are Sir Edmund Hillary, Roald Amundsen, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, David Doubilet, Emory Kristof, Stan Waterman and Sylvia Earle.

In 2015 Michael was the project director for the Elysium Artists for the Arctic expedition with 65 team members comprising the world’s best image makers and scientists, to document the flora and fauna for a movie and climate change index of the Arctic from Svalbard, Greenland to Iceland.   ELYSIUMEPIC.org

Michael AW is the founder of OceanNEnvironment, a charity organization registered with Environment Australia, Asian Geographic and Ocean Geographic

“Beneath Bunaken”(1993) was his first book and Essential Digital Underwater Photography MASTERCLASS (2014)  is his 35st.  

MICHAELA SKOVRANOVA

UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER – OLYMPUS AUSTRALIA

TOPIC 1: EXPLORE YOUR VISION IN YOUR UNDERWATER BACKYARD

DATE & TIME: 5TH AUGUST 2017  I  3:00PM – 3:40PM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

TOPIC 2: TONGA TO ANTARCTICA 

DATE & TIME: 6TH AUGUST 2017  I  3:00PM – 3:40PM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: Michaela Skovranova is an Australian based filmmaker, photographer, director and Olympus Visionary. You won’t find much in the way of bright colours in her photos but while desaturated, her images are dripping with emotion, drama and a certain respect for the duality between beauty and raw power that exists in the ocean and nature. Originally from Slovakia, Michaela moved to Australia where her focus shifted to documentary and underwater capture. Since then, she has amassed a variety of awards including being named on Photoboite’s list of 30 Under 30 Women Photographers. Her short films pick up the natural, ambient-lit storytelling where the images leave off.

GAETANO DARIO GARGIULO

UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER

TOPIC: USES AND ABUSES OF THE MINIDOME

DATE & TIME: 5 AUGUST 2017  I  12:30PM – 1:10PM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: Gaetano Dario Gargiulo is an Italian/Australian underwater photographer. He started taking pictures underwater in 1998 with a Nikons V and since then he is never been in the water without a camera of some sort. He continually experiments new techniques and equipment such as custom designed strobes (his own design), minidomes, reversed lenses (his own design), microfisheye, and composite light spectrum images (IR+UV+Visible ranges) taken with purposely modified cameras.

BRETT LOBWEIN

UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER – OCEAN GEOGRAPHIC

TOPIC 1: ARCTIC CIRCLE TO THE CORAL TRIANGLE

DATE & TIME: 5 AUGUST 2017  I  11:45AM – 12:25PM

TOPIC 2: AN INTRODUCTION INTO UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT 

DATE & TIME: 6 AUGUST 2017  I  5:15PM – 5:55PM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: Brett Lobwein is a passionate underwater photographer growing up on the waterways of the Port Hacking River in the southern suburbs of Sydney, Australia. His love of SCUBA diving grew in the early 2000s working in a local dive shop. In 2010 he started to take a keen interest in underwater photography purchasing his first DSLR housing. From his first trip to swim with the Humpback Whales in Tonga he was completely hooked on underwater photography. His other passion is to explore the paths less travelled. Combining these two passions he has managed to capture images throughout Australia and internationally.

Brett is an associate and resident photographer at Ocean Geographic, Isotta Professional Photographer, owner of UW Images (distributor of underwater photography equipment), and a winner of many International Photography Awards.

Disabled Divers

Speakers 2017

ASH PAYNE – SCUBA INSTRUCTOR

JAYDE SEED – SCUBA DIVER WITH A DISABILITY

TOPIC: SWAPPING WHEELCHAIRS FOR WATER

DATE & TIME: 6 AUGUST 2017  I  11:00AM – 11:40AM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE:

Ash has been a recreational scuba instructor since 2011 and first became interested in helping people with disabilities enjoy SCUBA diving around a year later; the catalyst was when a friend of a friend (who was in a wheelchair) expressed a desire to learn to scuba dive. “I wish I could learn to dive” he said, to which Ash replied, “well why can’t you?” It was at this point that Ash and his partner Kamila started to look into how they could assist people with disabilities to SCUBA dive. Fast forward 6 years and Ash and Kamila regularly assist certified divers with disabilities in keeping them active in diving.

Jayde is a certified diver with a disability, he loves being in the water and the freedom that this provides, with the assistance of Ash and Kamila, Jayde dives as often as possible and enjoys searching the WA waters for interesting creatures such as octopuses, seahorses and nudibranchs.

Underwater Cinematography

Speakers 2017

GEORGE EVATT

UNDERWATER CINEMATOGRAPHER

TOPIC: INSPIRATION FROM THE SEA

DATE & TIME: 5 AUGUST 2017  I  6:00PM – 6:40PM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: George Evatt is a multi award winning underwater cinematographer. He has dived from Alaska to Antarctica and specialises in high speed underwater photography using the Phantom series of high speed cameras. George’s awards include the Gold Tripod for Best Nature and Wildlife Film, (Australian Cinematographers Society) and the Palme D’Argent, World Festival of Underwater Films, France and the prestigious Whitley Medal (Royal Zoological Society of NSW) for best publication on the natural history of Australian animals.

Dive Gear Maintenance

Speakers 2017

KEL BRADLEY

OWNER OF ST GEORGE UNDERWATER CENTRE

TOPIC: DIVE GEAR MAINTENANCE

DATE & TIME: 5 AUGUST 2017  I  11:00AM – 11:40AM & 6 AUGUST  I  11:45AM – 12:25PM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE:  Owner and operator of St George Underwater Kel’s friendly attitude is one reasons why people choose to dive with him. He is passionate about diving and is seen around the traps teaching, taking photos and traveling the world diving.

At his dive centre Kel services from recreational Scubapro, UWATEC, Mares, Oceanic, Apollo, Tusa, Dacor, Poseidon to Aqualung equipment. It is also a service and sales centre for Poseidon rebreathers and Coltri-SUB compressors. St George Underwater Centre also service military SCUBA equipment, Breathing Aparatus and also service UPD (Underwater Propulsion Devices) or Scooters for brands such as Apollo. Kel and his staff  at the centre regularly update their training to ensure that they are aware and able to assist with all types of gear.

Maritime Archeology

Speakers 2017

MATT CARTER

MARINE ARCHAEOLOGIST

TOPIC: EXPLORING THE DEPTHS OF TIME: MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY AND CITIZEN SCIENCE

DATE & TIME: 5 AUGUST 2017  I  1:15PM – 1:55PM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITION CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: After diving his first shipwreck at the age of 16, Matt Carter was instantly hooked by the mystery that these historic time capsules represent. In 2008, this passion for the past saw him complete a Masters degree in maritime archaeology and in 2009 he was awarded the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society’s (OWUSS) Australasian Rolex Scholarship. Since then, Matt has worked in 10 different countries on maritime archaeology projects ranging from the excavations of a 2800-year-old Phoenician shipwreck in Spain to mapping World War II plane wrecks in Darwin Harbour. Today, Matt is the leading technical diving maritime archaeologist in Australasia and is completing his PhD at La Trobe University in Melbourne. He is the New Zealand representative on the ICOMOS International Committee on Underwater Cultural Heritage and is a member of the Explorers Club. Most recently, Matt was a specialist presenter on the television series ‘Coast: New Zealand’, a spin-off from the BBC-produced UK series ‘Coast’.

Conservation

Speakers 2017

MIKE SCOTLAND

MARINE BIOLOGIST, DIVE INSTRUCTOR & UNDERWATER PHOTOJOURNALIST

TOPIC 1: MARINE BIOLOGY OF SHARKS

DATE & TIME: 5 AUGUST 2017  I  5:15PM – 5:55PM

TOPIC 2: SEA HORSES SEA DRAGONS AND GHOST PIPE FISH

DATE & TIME: 6 AUGUST 2017  I  12:30PM – 1:10PM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: I began to dive in 1976. I bought my first U/W camera, a Nikonos II in 1977 and then my first housing in 1978. I became a PADI Instructor in 1982 and taught actively for many years. I developed a number of scuba courses eventually specialising in my Marine Biology for Scuba Divers which I have run numerous times. I currently use a Nikon D810 in a Sea Cam housing with a 16 to 36 wide, a 60 mm Micro and a 105 mm Micro lens and Inon Strobes.  I have been writing for various Scuba magazines and Underwater Photo magazines about Marine Life and dive destinations since 1983. My first article was “Night Diving on the Great Barrier Reef”. I am currently writing about twenty articles a year on topics varying from Octopusses, to sharks to remote dive destinations such as Milne Bay. I have done over 5700 dives including more than sixty-five live aboards including 43 on the Great Barrier Reef and well over 400 days diving. I have dived in extensively in New Guinea, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and have been to many other places including Indonesia, Borneo, Sipidan, Chuuk and Palau. My favorite diving is in Sydney where I live because it has great marine life and you can dive it for free when the weather is good enough. I have a B.Sc in Maths and Zoology and have done many thousands of hours research into Marine Biology. I am passionate about underwater photography, marine biology and dive as often as I can. My web site is www.mikescotlandscuba.com

LISA MONDY

OCEAN CONSERVATIONIST

TOPIC: PERSPECTIVE ON SHARKS

DATE & TIME: 5 & 6 AUGUST 2017  I  4:30PM – 5:10PM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: Lisa Mondy is a singer, writer and passionate ocean conservationist. Her near fatal encounter with a 4m great white shark sparked her deeper interest in the ocean and she now shares her story to help raise awareness about threats to our oceans, especially regarding sharks.

Lisa’s unique perspective, combining experience and reason, continues to inspire new audiences around Australia and the world. From shark diving, ocean conservation apparel and school talks, to tv and film appearances, including The X Factor stage, Lisa motivates whilst addressing the important issues. The world needs people to come together to fight for change, protect our oceans and educate others on the importance of nurturing our blue planet.

MELINDA BROWN

SCHOLAR  – OUR WORLD UNDERWATER SCHOLARSHIP SOCIETY

TOPIC: 12 MONTHS ON THE ROAD 

DATE & TIME: 4 AUGUST 2017  I  4.15PM – 4.55PM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: Born 24 years ago in Newcastle, on the east coast of Australia, Melinda Brown has always been fond of swimming, diving and studying all things marine related. At the age of 19, she enrolled at the University of Newcastle to pursue a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management degree with a major in marine science, ecosystems and biodiversity. Melinda has volunteered with ORRCA (Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans Australia), as well as OCCI (Ocean and Coastal Care Initiative). Furthermore, Melinda’s volunteer work has taken her abroad where and she has worked with turtles in the Maldives and Costa Rica. Melinda completed her rescue dive certificate and dive master certification at a conservation dive school in Thailand. After three months, she moved to Fiji where she completed an internship on an uninhabited island off the coast of Suva. At 22, Melinda was offered a full-time position at Taronga Conservation Society Australia (TCSA) as a marine mammal keeper. She accepted the position and continued studying at university part time.As part of her role at the TCSA, she has assisted research in electromagnetic field comparisons between seals and humans when viewed from a great white shark’s perspective; tracked testosterone and estrous cycles in Australian sea lions, and conducted a study on individual behavior and personalities in Port Jackson sharks.

Melinda is most interested in two areas of study: cetacean research and coral rehabilitation. This scholarship allows her to finally pursue what she has always assumed to be her greatest passion, and will ultimately help her determine a career path that will allow her to make the biggest difference in the marine world.

JOOLS FARRELL

OFFSHORE/ONSHORE CREW MEMBER SEA SHEPHERD GLOBAL

TOPIC: SEA SHEPHERD GLOBAL/CONSERVATION AND PROTECTION OF THE OCEANS

DATE & TIME: 4 AUGUST 2017  I  11:45AM – 12:25PM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: Jools has been with Sea Shepherd Global since 2008, was the Coordinator for the Sea Shepherd Sydney chapter for 7yrs, since stepping aside from this role earlier this years, Jools now is an advisor to the coordinators for the Sydney Chapter as well as training and education, speaking in schools and some public speaking. Jools has done 2 offshore campaigns for Sea Shepherd being a southern ocean campaign, Operation Zero Tolerance, patrolling the Southern Ocean Marine Sanctuary to protect as many whales from the illegal activities of the Japanese Whaling Fleet and Operation Siracusa, patrolling the marine reserves in Sicily which are being illegally poached for the Dusky Grouper, her role whilst on campaign is Ship’s Medical Officer and Quartermaster. Conservation and protection of the oceans and marine creatures is her top priority.

SARAH-JO LOBWEIN

MARINE SCIENCE & CONSERVATION EDUCATOR

TOPIC: SWAP FOR THE SEA – STOP THE SEA DROWNING IN PLASTIC

DATE: 6 AUGUST 2017 (SUNDAY)                

TIME: 2.00PM – 2.40PM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: Armed with degrees and a background in marine science and secondary science education, Sarah-Jo Lobwein is a passionate marine science and conservation educator involved in multiple projects at any one time, including freelancing in Marine Science Outreach and journalism (including a contributor to Ocean Geographic online and print publications) and instigating several social media initiatives encouraging ocean conservation and reducing our plastic consumption and pollution (see @OceanTidings and #swapforthesea #rejectedasingle #pickedupasingle

She runs a private tuition business, educating primary, secondary and tertiary students in Science, Mathematics, English, Earth and Marine studies, and is a regular volunteer for the non-profit Two Hands Project as Marine Debris Survey Auditor and employed for their community hands-on education programs. She assists the children programs and activities at Australian Museum during National Science Week, volunteers for ORRCA and in February this year Sarah-Jo was one of 6 Global Volunteer Ambassadors for the non-profit Positive Change for Marine Life, who personally crowd-funded their research trip to Kovalam, India to establish a Marine Conservation Plan that has environmental, social and economical sustainable goals for that region. The Plan is due to be released in July/August.

As an avid SCUBA diver, scientist, teacher and traveller, she has globally experienced firsthand the beauty and pressure fragile marine and coastal environments face, and believes education is essential for attitude and behaviour change. In her 2 and half years as the University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science (USIMS) Coordinator (2013-2015), it was during the development of  outreach education programs including the unique Year 10 Marine Science Work Experience Program (a collaboration with SIMS at Chowder Bay) and public marine debris investigations,Sarah- Jo became passionate about promoting ocean positive and marine debris solutions through public education, engagement, awareness, and ethical travel.

Dive Travel & Adventure

Speakers 2017

JOHAN BOSHOFF

EDITOR & PUBLISHER – OZDIVER MAGAZINE

TOPIC: FINDING A LIVING FOSSIL

DATE & TIME: 4 AUGUST 2017  I  11:00AM – 11:40AM

VENUE: SEMINAR ROOM, LEVEL 1, HALL 4 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: The dictionary defines ‘adventurer’ as ‘one that seeks adventure’ or ‘a soldier of fortune’. Johan has been a slave of adrenalin since he can remember. However, his main passion has always been scuba diving and photography. As he always say ‘You can’t get a better job than getting paid for something you really love.” He started writing freelance as a journalist and after 12 years he still works as a dive specialist and love everything about it”. Being the adventurer that he is, Johan was always pushing the limits and sharks and dives passed the three digits meters were his favorite specialties. Johan also published a number of books, marine slates, educational programmes and smart phone aps for the diving industry. To relay the whole story of this underwater adventurer will be impossible. As we finish one chapter, Johan experiences something else new. Today he continues to seek opportunities and keep searching for those dive spots that are yet to be discovered. If it is wet, you will find Johan diving there and these days it is around Perth where he is the editor and publisher of OZDiver Magazine.

JULIETTE MYERS

GUEST EXPERIENCE CONSULTANT, WAKATOBI DIVE RESORT

TOPIC: AN EXPERIENCE WITHOUT EQUAL

DATE & TIME: 4 AUGUST 2017  I  3:30PM – 4:10PM          

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: Juliette Myers shares the story of Wakatobi Dive Resort and its transformation from a simple dive outpost into a premier destination, and one of the world’s most successful models for cooperative conservation. Wakatobi encompasses some of the most pristine and bio-diverse reefs on Earth, including the famous House Reef, which has been named one of the world’s best shore dives. The Wakatobi experience includes fine dining and five-star services, direct charter flights from Bali, intimate oceanfront bungalows, pool villas and more.

As a Wakatobi Dive Resort / Pelagian Dive Yacht Guest Experience Consultant, Juliette is a wealth of information on the numerous details of planning your dive vacation. She learned to dive in 1982 and has been a keen dive traveler ever since. A year spent in the Solomon Islands introduced her to underwater photography, and she has since won a number of awards. She has extensive experience working in tourism, promoted Australian zoos and aquariums, and led the Australian sales team for Disneyland and Walt Disney World. “I have found my purpose and I am proud to be promoting Wakatobi’s unparalleled reef health, diversity, incredible customer service and unique philosophy. Now, my dream really has come true, she says.”

MADELEINE YVETTE LEE

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & MEDIA AFFAIRS DISCOVERY FLEET & DIVE RESOLUTE

 

TOPIC: PHILIPPINE DIVING THROUGH 7107 ISLANDS    

 

DATE & TIME: 4 AUGUST 2017  I  2:45PM – 3:25PM & 6 AUGUST  I  6:00PM – 6:40PM

 

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

 

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: Yvette started diving when horsecollar bcs were the norm. She migrated to the United States and after 12 long cold winters she decided to trade in her boots and get back her fins. She took up UW photography and has contributed her articles and stories in newspapers and magazines all over the world. She now spends her time in conservation projects and marketing the Philippines as a world class diving destination.

JULIE THONNARD

CO- FOUNDER AT GILI TRAVEL AGENCY

TOPIC: MY FAVORITE DESTINATION: THE GILI ISLANDS / INDONESIA’ S DESTINATIONS ON A LIVEABOARDS

DATE & TIME: 4 AUGUST 2017  I  5:00PM – 5:40PM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: I travelled around the world horizontally and vertically, teaching scuba diving for over 6 years and fell in love with Indonesia and its people. Its been my home for 7 years now, and it keeps amazing me every day.

I’m the co- founder of Slow Villas, Spa & Yoga in Gili Air. With Gili Travel Agency, we design tailor- made travel in Indonesia with Love and Passion. Blue Marine Dive has been our partner to dive around the Gili islands for the entire 7 years. It is my favorite dive shop in Gili. At Indonesia Ask Julie we focus on scuba diving travel, wellness travel, group travel, Gili spirit, we work in close collaboration with the locals, and for every traveller that travels with us, we give to conservation. We love Indonesia. Have you been?

SIMONE GERRITSEN

MANAGING OWNER THALASSA DIVE RESORTS NORTH SULAWESI

TOPIC: NORTH SULAWESI… THE LAND OF SMILING PEOPLE

DATE & TIME: 4 AUGUST 2017  I  1:15PM – 1:55PM          

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: The Dutch Simone Gerritsen, a PADI Course Director and vivid diver for nearly 40 years, lives in a small village, close to Manado in North Sulawesi. Besides being the managing owner of both Thalassa Dive Resort Manado and Thalassa Dive Resort Lembeh her main passion are the social and educational projects she is undertaking in the local area to help the young generation to get a job and teach them to take care of their (underwater) environment. To support this mission she had a school built where boys and girls ageing 15-18 are being taught a job in the dive industry amongst others. 21 years ago she arrived in this beautiful area, fell in love with the people and the nature and plans to grow old here. Discover it yourself, it is the ‘Land of Smiling People” and Thalassa Dive Resort is a place….where guests leave as friends!

AARON RALPH

OWNER OPERATOR AT PRO DIVE LORD HOWE ISLAND

TOPIC: DIVING LORD HOWE ISLAND

DATE: 5 AUGUST 2017

TIME: 6.45PM – 7.25PM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3, EXHIBITION CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: If you were asked to imagine the ideal Pacific Island the mountains and lagoon of Lord Howe Island would probably spring to mind. Aaron Ralph has been diving the waters around the island for the last ten years and is still discovering new dive sites. This is primarily due to the discovery of a relict reef in 2008, which surrounded the island close to 10 000 years ago. In recent years Pro Dive Lord Howe Island has been exploring its 149.9 square kilometres of structure and opening up hundreds of new areas to dive. Come and hear about the exciting new discoveries being made on the relict reef as well as the exceptional conventional diving on offer around Lord Howe Island and Balls Pyramid.

ABI CARNADIE

FOUNDER OF BUBBLES DIVE CENTER JAKARTA

 

TOPIC: DIVING INDONESIA

 

DATE & TIME: 4 AUGUST 2017  | 12:30PM – 1:10PM

 

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3, EXHIBITION CENTRE

 

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: Abi Carnadie started diving in 1986, became a PADI instructor in 1996, in addition to his B.A. in Law, Abi is also member of of the Indonesia Marine Tourism Development Acceleration Team, active at the Indonesia Recreational Diving Business Association and Indonesia Marine Tourism Association (GAHAWISRI). Founder of Bubbles Dive Center Jakarta and Padi industry consultant, serving Indonesia, indisputably one of the worlds best diving destinations for marine diversity.

Spearfishing

Speakers 2017

SIMON TRIPPE

PRINCIPAL INSTRUCTOR – AUSTRALIAN SPEARFISHING ACADEMY

BOB MCCOMB – VICE PRESIDENT – UNDERWATER SKINDIVERS & FISHERMANS ASSOCIATION

TOPIC: SPEARFISHING – TRADITION, CULTURE & VALUES IN CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIA

DATE & TIME: 4 AUGUST 2017  I  5.45PM – 6.25PM & 5 AUGUST 2017  I  2.00PM – 3.00PM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE:

Dive Products

Speakers 2017

STEVE JOHNS

VP OF SALES FOR SCUBAJET

TOPIC: INTRODUCING THE WORLD’S SMALLEST DIVE SCOOTER

DATE & TIME: 4 AUGUST 2017  I  2:00PM – 2:40PM & 6 AUGUST 2017  I  3:45PM – 4.25PM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: Born the son of a career Navy Officer, Steve Johns spent his entire life around the water, learning to swim at the age of two. After a stint in the US Navy, his life as a competitive and collegiate swimmer prepared him for the rigors of his time with San Diego Lifeguard Service. As a waterman, he spends his time with sail, swim, surf, waterski, kayak, wakeboard, SUP, barefooting, waveski, SCUBA diving, etc. He often spends his spare time on the water, surfing with some local legends, including Joel Tudor, Rob Machado, SUP Racer Chuck Glynn, and SUP shaper Dave Daum. His professional career has taken him up the ranks in Sales, into Sales Management and Start-up ventures. His combination of water skills, Sales, Leadership, Start-ups, and new product launch, provides valuable direction for his endeavors with Start-Up Aquatic Propulsion ventures.

During the past 5 years in the Water Sports Propulsion arena, he has worked with many facets of the Paddleboard, Kayak, SCUBA, Surf, and boat Industry. During this time, he has established relationships with many Dealers, Distributors, and Manufacturers of Water Activity Products. Currently working with Scubajet to bring Dealers and Distributors to the World Markets. Scubajet is the world’s smallest Dive Scooter, weighing only 3kg, and offering a versatile jet propulsion unit that can go from Dive Scooter, to Dinghy jet power, to SUP, to Kayak, and power anything on the water simply by using interchangeable adapters in a matter of seconds. See Scubajet at www.scubajet.com

Art

Speakers 2017

PASCAL LECOCQ – THE PAINTER OF BLUE

TOPIC: 40 YEARS OF BLUE PAINTINGS OF SHARKS AND DIVERS

DATE: 4 AUGUST 2017 (FRIDAY)

TIME: 6.30PM – 7.10PM

VENUE: DIVE STAGE, LEVEL 1, HALL 3 EXHIBITON CENTRE

SPEAKER’S PROFILE: Pascal Lecocq, PhD, is the painter of the diving world most recognized picture: The Matador. He is the Painter of Blue who paints as a stage director, on high blue backdrops, sky, figures, funny divers, all between hypperrealism and surrealism, flavored with humor. Pascal’s paintings have been exhibited worldwide in more than 300 solo exhibitions since 1977, and in museums in France (2000-2001) and USA (2012-2013). He is also a set and costumes designer for many operas since 1986. He made presentations in Singapore (ADEX 2011) and Palau (Shark week 2014), and is a featured artist at MIDE, Kuala Lumpur, since 2014. Pascal is doing workshops and children drawing contests to help and promote children to express themselves by painting and being concerned by the environment. The French painter lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, since 2003.