Seminars

Our World Underwater – Chicago

Seminars – Saturday February 25th

EXPOSITION FLOOR STAGE

10:00

DIVEHEART

10:45

SAFETY RULES FOR CENOTES/CAVERN

Alessandra Figari of Enjoy Diving Mexico (Booth 613)

11:30

MORPHING TO SAVE OUR OCEANS

Dr. Larry McKenna of SOLO (Booth 217)

12:15

ST. LUCIA’S DIVING DELIGHTS

Anse Chastanet Resort – Scuba St. Lucia (Booth 518)

1:00

HOW TO DIVE CUBA

Amy Warren of Cuba Scuba Tours (Booth 711)

1:45

SUCCESSFUL CITIZEN SCIENCE:  COMBATING INVASIVE LIONFISH & PROTECTING NASSAU GROUPER

Ellie Splain of REEF (Booth 312)

Explore Reef Environmental Education Foundation’s most recent innovations and discoveries related to invasive lionfish and endangered Nassau Groupers.

2:30

ROATAN’S BEST DIVE VALUE

Jesus Reyes of Turquoise Bay Resort  (Booth 208)

3:15

MAYAN PRINCESS BEACH & DIVE RESORT

Antonio Moncada of Mayan Princess  (Booth 107)

4:00

NATURE MADE IT BEAUTIFUL, WE MAKE IT EASY

Deb Karlson of CoCo View Resort (Booth 809)

4:45

FUN BAJA

Tara Short of Fun Baja (Booth 911)

Dive with a Pro Room #49

10:00

SHARK PHOTOGRAPHY 101

Bill Fisher of 333 Productions

10:45

FUN & FANTASY – IMPROVE ANY PHOTO WITH POST EDITING

Cathy Church

Cathy shows you many of her fun fantasy images with a discussion on how you can do it too.

11:30

REBREATHER TECHNOLOGY SIMPLIFIED

Mel Clark

Join Mel from Silent Scuba for a discussion of how closed circuit Rebreathers (CCR) operate.

12:15

WHY SHOULD I USE LIGHTROOM?

Jack & Sue Drafahl

Jack & Sue explain why Lightroom can be your best traveling companion.

1:00

MACRO VIDEO:  CASTING LIGHT UPON SHADOWS

Evan Sherman

In a world of bigger sensors, faster lenses and higher resolutions, the most important aspect of macro video is often overlooked:  light.

1:45

WALKING & DIVING IN THE SHADOW OF ERNEST SHACKELTON

Faith Ortins of DUI (Booth 703)

Join us on a journey thru history as a group of divers explore new parts of Antarctica.

2:30

UNDERSTANDING ADOBE’S BEST EDITING TECHNOLOGY

Jack & Sue Drafahl

Adobe has added the most powerful technology for editing photos – Content Aware.

3:15

CELEBRATING A PIONEER – WORKING WITH STAN WATERMAN

Nancy McGee

Celebrate the life of legendary filmmaker Stan Waterman, through the eyes of his long-time friend, dive buddy and business gal.

4:00

INSURANCE FOR PROS & VOLUNTEERS

Bob Sheridan

 4:45

PHOTO/VIDEO WITH ANNIE

Annie Crawley

Learn the secrets to combine macro, closeup wide angle, and more to capture the best animal portraits, behavior, and more while painting your picture with light to become an amazing underwater storyteller.

Dive the World Room #44

10:00

PACIFIC TRIFECTA

Steve Arnam

Discover how to see penguins, sealions, marine iguanas, turtles and more.

10:45

TRAVEL QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION

Richard Woulfe of RichTravels

Prize Give-A-Way

11:30

SEALIONS, MOBULAS, WALLS OF FISH

Jim & Pat Stayer

Jim & Pat will take you on the ultimate adventure in the Sea of Cortez.

12:15

OFF THE WALL: A TURKS & CAICOS ADVENTURE

Michael Salvarezza & Christopher Weaver

With clear, beautiful turquoise water, brilliant sugar sand beaches the Turks & Caicos Islands are the ideal diver destination.

1:00

ON ASSIGNMENT W/ DANIELLE & MICHEL IN THE PHILIPPINES

Danielle Alary & Michel Gilbert

Come and share their adventure and learn why they spent 19 days exploring a special universe.

TRIP GIVE-A-WAY

ATLANTIS DIVE RESORTS & LIVEABOARDS
(Booth 1203)

1:45

DOMINICA

Rudy Whitworth

2:30

ATTACK ON CORON BAY: EXPLORING WWII SHIPWRECKS IN THE PHILIPPINES

Michael Salvarezza & Christopher Weaver

During WWII the US Navy sent up to 24 ships to the bottom of sea.

3:15

EXPLORE LOCAL DIVING THROUGH A 50 STATE JOURNEY

Jennifer Idol

See the natural beauty of local dive sites as the first woman to dive all 50 states takes you on a photographic journey.

4:00

THE PHILIPPINES – THE MOST DIVERSE UNDERWATER & ABOVE

Lynn Funkhouser

The Verde Island Passage (VIP) has been scientifically proven to have more diversity that elsewhere.

TRIP GIVE-A-WAY

ATLANTIS DIVE RESORTS & LIVEABOARDS 
(Booth 1203)

4:45

CURACAO – WEST SIDE STORY

Bob Kuhn

Join Bob in highlighting the diving opportunities on the west side of Curacao and make the most out of your dive adventure.

Wonders of the Sea Room #46

10:00

10:45

RAJAN REMEMBERED

Nancy McGee

Retired Asia elephant, Rajan, was the only ocean-swimming pachyderm that scuba divers and snorkelers could join for a dip in the Bay of Bengal.

11:30

CLIPPERTON –EXPLORING THE MOST ISOLATED ATOLL IN THE WORLD

Michel Labrecque & Julie Ouimet

Considered the most isolated atoll on the planet, Clipperton’s unique ecosystem is threatened by overfishing, pollution and ultimately its isolation.

12:15

WONDERS OF THE ARCTIC REALM

Michele Hoffman Trotter

Journey aboard the USCG Cutter Healy for a six-week adventure to the Arctic.

1:00

THE ONLY GOOD SHARK

Paul Cater Deaton

Paul explores how human predatory behaviors have caused the loss of over 90% of the ocean’s apex predator.


1:45


LEANDRO BLANCO

2:30

TRAVELS WITH ANNIE

Annie Crawley

From Columbia to China, Mexico to the Maldives, Puget Sound to Your Backyard, dive in to explore our ocean & YOU.  Annie will take you on an expedition filled with ocean 
inspiration including scenes and thoughts never shared before.  This is a not to be missed presentation.  Keep Diving Into Your Imagination!

3:15

THE SECRET MICRO-OCEAN

Michele Hoffman Trotter

There’s a hidden universe within the ocean; it is the base of the food web, generator of our air, and potential solution to some of the most pressing environmental issues.

4:00

PHILIPPINES STYLE

Rudy Whitworth

Dumaguete and Puerto Galera are in the heart of the Philippine’s coral triangle.

 
4:45
 
AQUANAUTS GRENADA

Peter Seupel

Pure Diving, Pure Fun

Shipwreck Room #48

10:00

DIVING THE BILLY MITCHELL FLEET

Todd Baldi

Join Todd as they pushed 500 foot depths to explore them famed Billy Mitchell fleet off  the Virginia Capes.

10:45

45 ANCIENT SHIPWRECKS FOUND IN GREECE

John Stella

The Bermuda Triangle of ancient shipwrecks

11:30

DISCOVERY OF THE STEAMSHIP L.R. DOTY

Jitka Hanakova

For almost 112 years, the Doty lay silently on the bottom of Lake Michigan.

12:15

LOST IN SEVEN MINUTES THE TUG O WILCOX

Tony Gramer

Tony and his crew explore one of the oldest tugboats on the Great Lakes.

1:00

DISCOVERY OF THE ARGO

Kevin Magee

Discovered by CLUE member Tom Kowalczk in 2015, the Argo made national news when it was announced it was the Great Lake’s top environmental threat.

1:45

THE SHOWBOAT-THE MOST HIGHLY DECORATED AMERICAN BATTLESHIP OF WWII

Barbara Buchanan

2:30

PRESQUE ISLE WRECKS – ABSOLUTELY STUNNING

Mel Clark

If you have ever been interested in diving the Great Lakes and seeing intact pristine shipwrecks then this is seminar for you.

3:15

DISCOVERY OF THE STEAMSHIP ALICE E. WILDS

Jikta Hanakova

From library to discovery, Cpt. Jitka will take you on a journey of discovery as she hunts for a missing wreck.

4:00

GET WRECKED-DIVING THE SHIPWRECKS OF THE EGYPTIAN RED SEA

Barbara Buchanan

The Red Sea offers an outstanding collection of wrecks, El Mina, the Carnatic, the Chrisoula K and more.

4:45

THE HUNTER:  EXPLORE THE LAST U-BOAT

Steve Arnam

The U-853 sunk May 6, 1945 in Long Island Sound.

Dive Medicine Room w/ DAN #47

10:00

NON-FATAL CLOSE CALLS:  LESSONS LEARNED FROM SCUBA DIVING INCIDENTS

Peter Buzzacott, MPH, PhD

The DAN Incident Reporting System went live in 2012 and now there are over 500 non-fatal reports

10:45

DELTA P AND BAROTRAUMA

Matias Nochetto, MD

Pressure and gas filled cavities. What happens, how it happens, what are the risks?

11:30

TRENDS IN RECREATIONAL DIVING INJURIES AND FATALITIES

Peter Buzzacott, MPH, PhD

The latest Annual Diving Report and trends over the last 20 years.

12:15

2017 DAN INSTRUCTOR/INSTRUCTOR TRAINER UPDATE

Patty Seery, MHS

1:00

HARVESTING YOUR OWN SEAFOOD? WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SEAFOOD SAFETY

Matias Nochetto, MD

Do you enjoy catching your own seafood? With the satisfaction can come some unpleasant after effects.

1:45

PREPARED DIVER PROGRAM

Peter Buzzacott, MPH, PhD & Rachelle Deal

This program provides insight into the science behind fundamental diving skills and highlights best practices.

2:30

RECOMPRESSION THERAPY: ONE DOES NOT JUST SQUEEZE BUBBLES

Matias Nochetto, MD

Everybody knows that with enough pressure you can squeeze a bubble, but pressure is just one component of recompression therapy.

3:15

HAZARDS OF UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY

Peter Buzzacott, MPH, PhD

A look at the real cases involving u/w photography and injuries

4:00

OPERATIONAL GAS TOXICITIES

Matias Nochetto, MD

For dive leaders and advanced divers, a look at the operational point of view of different gases.

Seminars – Sunday February 26th

EXPOSITION FLOOR STAGE

10:00

SEX ON THE REEF

Ellie Splain of REEF (Booth 312)

Explore the weird and wonderful world of reproduction on the reef.

10:45

ST. LUCIA’S DIVING DELIGHTS

Anse Chastanet Resort – Scuba St. Lucia (Booth 518)

11:30

A MUST DO ADVENTURE:  DIVING IN MEXICO

Alessandra Figari of Enjoy Diving Mexico (Booth 613)

12:15

HOW TO DIVE CUBA

Amy Warren of Cuba Scuba Tours (Booth 711)

1:00

AMAZING DIVE & H2O ADVENTURE TRAVEL SECRETS

Richard Woulfe of Rich Travels (Booth 414)

In this informative seminar, learn the latest strategies to get the best dive and water adventure travel deals.

1:45

TUBBATAHA

Rudy Whitworth

Tired of the beaten path? Dive a remote offshore atoll that provides pristine diving and untouched bio-diversity.

2:30

FUN BAJA

Tara Short of Fun Baja (Booth 911)

3:15


                      AQUANAUTS GRENADA

Peter Seupel

Pure Diving, Pure Fun

Dive with a Pro Room #49

10:00

BASIC GUIDE TO DIVING THE YUCATAN CAVES

Mel Clark

If you have even interested in the Mexican cenotes this the presentation for you, Mel will present the basic guide to diving the cenotes.

10:45

HELPING PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT WATER PEOPLE SCUBA DIVE

Cathy Church

Over the years, Cathy has developed a successful approach to helping non-divers become divers.  This seminar is great for instructors, the friend or family of someone who is fearful of the water and anyone who wants to learn to dive but has anxiety.

11:30

SHOOTING WITH LED LIGHTS

Jack & Sue Drafahl

LED lights are becoming popular and this seminar will show you the pros and cons.

12:15

RHODE ISLAND SHARK DIVING (BLUES & MAKOS)

Bill Fisher of 333 Productions

1:00

WALKING & DIVING IN THE SHADOW OF ERNEST SHACKELTON

Faith Ortin of DUI (Booth 703)

Join us on a journey thru history as a group of divers explore new parts of Antarctica.

1:45

INSURING THE PRO & VOLUNTEERS

Bob Sheridan

2:30

DIGITAL EVOLUTION IN PHOTO EDITING

Jennifer Idol

From film to digital cameras, photo editing principles remain the same but the tools have radically changed.

3:15

Dive the World Room #44

10:00

THE LAND BELOW THE LAND DOWN UNDER-EXPLORING TASMANIA

Faith Ortins of DUI (Booth 703)

Tasmania is an unexplored treasure above and below the water!  Whether you like wrecks, deep walls, caverns, kelp or pretty reefs you will find it in Tasmania.

10:45

SHADES OF BLUE: DIVING THE CENTRAL ATOLLS OF THE MALDIVES

Michael Salvarezza & Christopher Weaver

Learn all you need to know to explore the Maldives from a liveaboard dive vessel.

11:30

ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER? HOW ABOUT A CEPHALOPOD?

Jim & Pat Stayer

12:15

OWU17 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS

HOWARD & MICHELE HALL

1:00

PUERTO GALERA:  100 HOURS BELOW THE SURFACE

Danielle Alary & Michel Gilbert

The Philippines are the epicenter of the coral triangle.  Puerto Galera is one of the most accessible and affordable dive destinations.

TRIP GIVE-A-WAY 

ATLANTIS DIVE RESORTS & LIVEABOARDS
(Booth 1203)

1:45

MOLLUSKS - NUDIBRANCHS, SHELLS, AND CEPHALOPODS

Lynn Funkhouser

The second largest phylum of animals belong to the Phylum 
Mollusca, which means "soft bodied" and encompasses some of nature's most interesting critters.

2:30

HIDDEN TREASURES OF THE PHILIPPINES

Tony Gramer

Dive a piece of the Coral Triangle, Coron, Apo Reef, Puerto Galera & Verde Island

3:15

Wonders of the Sea Room #46

10:00

FLORES-ALOR-KOMODO

Rudy Whitworth

Mantas, Mandarins, erupting volcanoes and Komodo dragons – Indonesia has them all!

10:45

CLIMATE CHANGE:  FACT, FICTION & OUR FUTURE

Michele Hoffman Trotter

In this discussion we dissect climate change denial statements and demonstrate that science is not only in consensus but also how studies to better understand.

11:30

WHY ALL THE HYPE ABOUT BALI

Evan Sherman

Known as the “Island of the Gods”, Bali is celebrated for its lush landscapes and welcoming people, yet divers worship it for the unimaginable numbers of creatures.

12:15

ALOR-INDONESIA’S LEAST KNOWN ISLAND

Michel Labrecque & Julie Ouimet

Indonesia has it all and Alor combines the best of Indonesia with access to very exclusive dive sites.

1:00

HI-TEC DEEP OCEAN EXPLORATION

Nancy McGee

Part submarine, part exo-skeletal armor, the Exosuit functions at 1,000 feet with a 1 atmosphere of pressure.

1:45

SHARKS, A JAPANESE ZERO & THE PRISTINE REEFS OF PNG

Jim & Pat Stayer

2:30

SURPRISING QUEBEC, UNLIKELY LAIR OF THE GREENLAND SHARK

Michel Labrecque & Julie Ouimet

The salt water portion of the St. Lawrence is one of the least explored bodies of water in North America.

3:15

Shipwreck Room #48

10:00

45 ANCIENT SHIPWRECKS DISCOVERED AROUND ONE GREEK ISLAND

John Stella

The Bermuda Triangle of ancient shipwrecks

10:45

THE USE OF NEOX AS A DIVING GAS

Todd Baldi

Pushing deeper with exotic Neox and Argox.

11:30

SAILING TALES FROM PRESQUE ISLE, MICHIGAN

Jitka Hanakova

What was it like to sail the Great Lakes back in the day?  Why are there so many wrecked schooners in one location?

12:15

THE ANTHONY WAYNE

Kevin Magee

The history of the loss and discovery of the side paddlewheeler.

1:00

PIRATES, GHOST SHIPS & SEAFARING SUPERSTITUTIONS

Michael Salvarezza & Christopher Weaver

Explore a sunken pirate ship and examine the rich history of pirates and ghost ships

1:45

VICTORY IN THE SKIES-US PLANES THAT ONCE RULED THE SKIES DURING WWII

Barbara Buchanan

Dauntless, Mitchell, Helldiver, Commando, Corsairs, Avenger & Wildcats lying on the bottom near Roi-Namur Island.

2:30

SBD BOMBER

Steve Arnam

70 years ago Lt. Jim’s Douglas Dive Bomber was shot down in the Solomons.  Come explore.

3:15

OPERATION OAHU “WRECK WEEK”

Tony Gramer

Dive some of the best shipwrecks in the USA




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