Seminars

Our World Underwater – Chicago

Seminars – Saturday February 17th

EXPOSITION FLOOR STAGE

10:00

THE LOVE OF DIVING

Kayla Martin

Ever wonder what lies beneath the waves?  Experience the joy of exploring the world beneath the waves through the eyes of a young diver.

10:45

SAFETY RULES FOR CENOTES/CAVERN

Alessandra Figari of Enjoy Diving Mexico (Booth 56)

11:30

MAYAN PRINCESS BEACH & DIVE RESORT

Antonio Moncada of Mayan Princess  (Booth 34)

12:15

ROATAN’S BEST DIVE VALUE

Jesus Reyes of Turquoise Bay Resort  (Booth 51)

1:00

INSIDER DIVE AND ADVENTURE TRAVEL SECRETS: 

Q & A SESSION WITH PRIZE GIVE-A-WAY

Richard Woulfe of RichTravels (Booth 96)

1:45

DISCOVER THE AGGRESSOR FLEET LIVEABOARD LIFESTYLE!

Anne Hasson of Aggressor Fleet (Booth 45)

Founded in 1984 with the goal of becoming the largest and most successful fleet of LiveAboard dive yachts in the world.  Today the Aggressor Fleet offers guests more than 30 of the most fascinating scuba diving destinations in the world on 22 yachts.

2:30

CITIZEN SCIENCE

 Rocio Del Mar (Booth 102)

3:15

GUANAJA:  A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR THE “FORGOTTEN” BAY ISLAND

Mark Walker of Villa on Dunbar Rock (Booth 47)

The reemergence of Guanaja after 20 years of obscurity and the island’s “Shipwreck Alley”.

4:00

ST. LUCIA’S DIVING DELIGHTS

Anse Chastanet Resort – Scuba St. Lucia (Booth 57)

4:45

To Be Determined

Dive with a Pro Room #TBD

10:00

A DIVER’S RESPONSIBILITY:  OCEAN AMBASSADOR

Faith Ortins of DUI

Divers have a unique opportunity to see the incredible splendor of the ocean especially in remote locations unspoiled by human contact or those area protected by law.

10:45

INCREASE YOUR DIVING PLEASURE AND GET THE MONEY SHOTS – ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

Jim & Pat Stayer

Jim and Pat will share some video examples from their comprehensive library of marine animal behavior, helping divers to find creatures and better understand the underwater world.

11:30

12:15

VR, AR AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN EXPLORATION

Jill Heinerth

Learn about the future technologies used in cave diving around the world, including the 3D autonomous mapper used by the Digital Preservation Project sponsored by National Geographic

1:00

HOW TO GET THAT GREAT SHOT!

Lynn Funkhouser

Tips for getting those award winning images.

1:45

LET THER BE LIGHT!

 Annie Crawley of Dive Into Your Imagination (Booth 70)

Underwater imaging, everything you need to know about lighting above and below the surface.  This power seminar will get your imagination flowing while sharing images and video from all different lighting situations.

2:30

THE WORLD’S GREATEST DIVE

Kayla Martin

From shipwrecks of Canada to the manta rays of Hawaii, come with Kayla on her quest to find the World’s Greatest Dive.

3:15

ASK THE DIVE LAWYER:  BUDDY DIVING-WHAT ARE THE LEGAL LIABILITIES IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG?

Charles George of Wreck Diving Magazine (Booth 4)

Diving with a buddy is the way we are taught to dive and most of the time things go well enough….BUT when things go wrong…..

4:00

11th HOUR HEROES

Dr. Larry McKenna of SOLO (Booth 78)

4:45

To Be Determined

Dive the World Room #TBD

10:00

To Be Determined

10:45

ST. CROIX WATERS

Jennifer Idol

Understand the changing waters of St. Croix and learn more about research efforts through this photographic story.

11:30

CLIPPERTON ATOLL EXPEDITION:  AFTER THE CREATION OF THE MPA

Michel LaBrecque & Julie Ouimet

In November 2016, the planet’s most isolated atoll was declared a MPA.  In May 2017 we journeyed back to complete our shark tagging mission and see the impacts, if any, of the newly created MPA.

12:15

RMS RHONE

Paul Cater Deaton

If you only have time for one dive trip in the BVI, the RMS Rhone is it.

1:00

 

1:45

IT CAME FROM THE MUCK:  INDONESIA’S LEMBEH STRAITS

Michael Salvarezza & Christopher Weaver

Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they uncover the secrets of Indonesia’s Lembeh Straits.  Here divers explore sandy, silty, muck bottom to search for the tiniest of creatures.

2:30

THE BIG FIVE DIVE

Stephanie Gandulla of Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary

In the summer of 2016, a group of adventurous women dived one historic site in each of the five Great Lakes in 24 hours!

3:15

MOALBOAL-SUPER BIO-DIVERSITY

Rudy Whitworth

Cebu Island has a world class reef called Moalboal, in the heart of the Coral Triangle.  You can experience the famed muck diving area as well as beautiful blue water coral reef diving.

4:00

CREATIVE OCEAN ADVOCACY:  CONNECTING WITH A DISCONNECTED PUBLIC

Alexandra Rose of Ocean Geographic (Booth 3)

Most of us live and work within an echo chamber where the people around us range from literate to well-versed in the ways of marine conservation, but that does not represent the general public

4:45

SHIPWRECKS OF MALAYSIA

Rudy Whitworth

The shipwreck diving in Malaysia is world class with many historical and WWII shipwrecks available within sport diving depths.

Wonders of the Sea Room #TBD

10:00

DANCE OF THE MANTAS

Nancy McGee

The island of Socorro is a sacred sanctuary of mantas.  Seeking the company of divers, they put on a spectacular show.  Learn about the giant pacific manta, why they dance and how to film them.

10:45

FROM FLORIDA TO BAHAMAS & BERMUDA-CAVES OF THE WESTERN WORLD

Jill Heinerth

The veteran of countless cave exploration projects around the world, Jill Heinerth will share photos and stories about caves from Bermuda to Bahamas to her North Florida home.

11:30

ROCKIN’ REYKJAVIK

Michael Salvarezza & Christopher Weaver

The best diving in Iceland is within a short distance for Reykjavik, the country’s capital and it is fascinating.

12:15

1:00

SPECIAL PRESENTATION FROM

OUR WORLD UNDERWATER 2018 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER

Michael Aw of Ocean Geographic (Booth 3)

1:45

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF TUBBATAHA

Danielle Alary & Michel Gilbert

In the middle of Sulu Sea, small coral formations draw divers from all over the world.  Visited only for three months each year, this area is part of an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2:30

FIFTY SHADES OF FIJI

Michel LaBrecque & Julie Ouimet

Fiji is often referred to as the soft coral capital of the world.  Its reefs are vibrant with colors and teeming with life.

3:15

JEWELS OF RHODE ISLAND

Steve Arnam

4:00

THE PHILIPPINES-262 ISLANDS DIVED, 7,379 MORE TO DIVE

Lynn Funkhouser

Scientists have proven the Philippines is the most DIVErse underwater and above.  In my 42 years of diving there, every dive reveals a new critter and/or behavior.

4:45

SHARKS!

Kevin Magee & Cindy LaRosa

Who doesn’t like hearing about sharks?  Popular culture views, natural history, biology, statistics, and the future are all discussed from a diver’s perspective.

Shipwreck Room #TBD

10:00

THE LOST INTRUDER, THE SEARCH FOR A MISSING NAVY JET

Peter Hunt

Join Peter as he sets out to discover a long lost Navy jet he had flown at one time.

10:45

SHIPWRECKS OF GUADALCANAL AND SOLOMON ISLANDS

Barbara Bachman

Guadalcanal battle is the most epic naval campaign to control the seaways of the Solomon Islands.  The struggle for the Southern Islands had left many sunken warships and aircraft scattered on the “Ironbottom Sound”.

11:30

SURFACE SUPPLIED WRECK DIVING

Peter Venoutsos

To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the US Navy’s choice of the Mark V diving system, a team of hard hat divers traveled to Tobermory, Ontario to dive on some of their historic shipwrecks.

12:15

THE SENATOR:  HER DISCOVERY, THE PRECIOUS CARGO AND THE FIRST DIVES TO REACH HER 

John Janzen & Paul Ehorn

On October 31, 1929 the steel carrier Senator sank in Lake Michigan, claiming seven men and hundreds of Nash automobiles.  The ship remained lost until 2003 when Paul discovered her in 430 feet of water.

 

1:00

BRIG SANDUSKY – A NEW BEGINNING

Tony Gramer

Dive with Tony and crew as they make and install a replica figurehead on one of the best known shipwrecks in the Great Lakes.

1:45

            THE PROPELLER CHALLENGE

Paul Ehorn

The Challenge was a wooden steamer who sank in Lake Huron June 22, 1853.  Follow Paul on his 25 year hunt.

2:30

STEEL & STONE:  DIVING SCAPA FLOW

Kevin Magee & Cindy LaRosa

The last resting place of the WWI German High Seas Fleet in the Orkney Islands features immense warships, challenging northern diving conditions, and fascinating archaeological sites.

3:15

THE R.H. RAE SESQUICENTENNIAL – 150 YEARS OF HISTORY

David Mekker & Durrell Martin

She holds many secrets, having been lost only a year after her launch in 1857.

4:00

THE RAISING OF THE ALVIN CLARK

Richard Bennett

The Alvin Clark is the story of Wisconsin salvage divers embarking on a history making adventure as they recover and restore a two-masted schooner laying in 110 feet of water.

4:45

MYSTERY WRECK

Steve Arnam

Plotting a new dive site.

Seminars – Sunday February 18th

EXPOSITION FLOOR STAGE

10:00

CITIZEN SCIENCE

 Rocio Del Mar (Booth 102)

10:45

SAFETY RULES FOR CENOTES/CAVERN

Alessandra Figari of Enjoy Diving Mexico (Booth 56)

11:30

INSIDER DIVE AND ADVENTURE TRAVEL SECRETS: 

Q & A SESSION WITH PRIZE GIVE-A-WAY

Richard Woulfe of RichTravels (Booth 96)

12:15

MAYAN PRINCESS BEACH & DIVE RESORT

Antonio Moncada of Mayan Princess  (Booth 34)

1:00

ROATAN’S BEST DIVE VALUE

Jesus Reyes of Turquoise Bay Resort  (Booth 51)

1:45

GUANAJA:  A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR THE “FORGOTTEN” BAY ISLAND

Mark Walker of Villa on Dunbar Rock (Booth 47)

The reemergence of Guanaja after 20 years of obscurity and the island’s “Shipwreck Alley”.

2:30

OUR OCEAN AND YOU!

Annie Crawley of Dive Into Your Imagination (Booth 75)

3:15

11th HOUR HEROES

Dr. Larry McKenna of SOLO (Booth 78)

4:00

To Be Determined

Dive with a Pro Room #TBD

10:00

ADVENTURE 2.0:  DESIGNING EXPEDITIONS FOR MAXIMUM IMPACT

Alexandra Rose of Ocean Geographic (Booth 3)

It’s one thing to run a trip.  It’s quite another to lead an expedition.  Join Alex as she discusses ways to design adventures.

10:45

To Be Determined

11:30

12:15

4K VIDEO AND BEYOND

Annie Crawley of Dive Into Your Imagination (Booth 75)

Whether you are shooting with the latest GoPro Video System or have invested in a DSLR camera system, Annie breaks down workflow for 4K projects and more.

1:00

GREENLAND:  THE VANISHING FRONTIER

Michael Salvarezza & Christopher Weaver

Explore the vanishing frontier that is the mysterious and rarely visited island of Greenland

1:45

A PRIMER ON MARITIME SALVAGE FOR WRECK, LAKE, & RIVER DIVERS

Charles George of Wreck Diving Magazine (Booth 4)

What does the recreational sport diver need to know?  The laws are inconsistent and confusing in states, territories and countries.

2:30

CABO PULMO

Steve Arnam

A marine sanctuary with 20 years of no fishing.

3:15

THE LOVE OF DIVING

Kayla Martin

Ever wonder what lies beneath the waves?  Experience the joy of exploring the world beneath the waves through the eyes of a young diver.

4:00

To Be Determined

Dive the World Room #44

10:00

OPERATION OAHU

Tony Gramer

Dive with Island Divers, diving off the Island of Oahu, dive some of the best shipwrecks in the USA.  Explore five different shipwrecks, including a visit to Pearl Harbor.

10:45

GOING BIG IN KOMODO (ARENUI Booth 49)

Michel Lebrecque & Julie Ouimet

Komodo is supersized.  The underwater landscape is composed of endless reefs and unmeasurable schools of fish.

11:30

CROATIA

Paul Cater Deaton

12:15

NEVER STOP EXPLORING

Tony Gramer

Arrive at Marco Vincent Dive Resort, White Beach, Puerto Galera and dive a piece of the Coral Triangle, Romblon Island, and Apo Reef

1:00

1:45

GUADALUPE ABOVE & BELOW

Peter Venoutsos

Guadalupe has quickly become one of the must go to locations to encounter the majestic Great White Shark. 

2:30

APEX PREDATOR MEETS GREAT WHITE SHARK

Nancy McGee

Much is known about the migration patterns and mating habits of the world’s foremost predator, but little is known about those of the Great White Shark.

3:15

THE BIG FIVE DIVE

Stephanie Gandulla of Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary

In the summer of 2016, a group of adventurous women dived one historic site in each of the five Great Lakes in 24 hours!

4:00

EMERGING DIVE LOCATIONS IN MALAYSIA

Rudy Whitworth

Diving in Malaysia is world class with outstanding new dive locations emerging throughout the country.  Rudy shares five locations that need to be on your Bucket List.

Wonders of the Sea Room #46

10:00

DIVING & EXPLORING GUAM

Kevin Magee & Cindy LaRosa

Despite not being a popular dive destination, Guam features a wide variety of intriguing sights both above and below the water, including shipwrecks, museums, manta rays, and more.

10:45

THE PERFECT DIVE

Nancy McGee

The perfect dive does exist, with a spectacular parade of fish and critters any one of which would make the entire trip worthwhile.  Follow Nancy to one site for 8 dives with 12 hours of bottom time and 20 Bucket List critters.

11:30

COMPLETING THE CIRCLE:  CIRCUMNAVIGATING THE PHILIPPINES’ MINDORO ISLAND

Michael Salvarezza & Christopher Weaver

In the heart of the Coral Triangle and along the Pacific Ring of Fire, Mindoro offers a wealth of diverse dive opportunities.

12:15

1:00

SPECIAL PRESENTATION FROM

OUR WORLD UNDERWATER 2018 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER

Michael Aw of Ocean Geographic (Booth 3)

1:45

JACQUES-YVES COUSTEAU, THE CATALYST

Danielle Alary & Michel Gilbert

Jacques-Yves Cousteau passed away 20 years ago, but Michel and Danielle were the last North American journalists to interview this unique man.

2:30

FLORIDA REVISITED-SHARKS, MANATEES, CRITTERS AND MORE

Michel LaBrecque & Julie Ouimet

Florida has regained national and international attention on the diving scene.  If you thought Florida was ordinary, think again and join Michel and Julie on a journey to Florida.

3:15

EXPERIENCE RAJA AMPAT

Jennifer Idol

Travel to the other side of the globe for a look at life from the super macro to wide-angle world of Raja Ampat.  Few places conjure more vivid images than this part of Indonesia.

4:00

To Be Determined

Shipwreck Room #TBD

10:00

BEYOND ARTIFACTS:  THE ANDREA DORIA BEFORE “TECHNICAL” DIVING

Peter Hunt

Travel back in time with Peter to a tipping point in the popularization of deep diving as the Andrea Doria is explored before the sport use of mixed gas or formal technical training.

10:45

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

Barbara Bachman

11:30

WRECKS, MINES ICE AND BIG ANIMALS – A LOOK AT CANADIAN DIVING

Jill Heinerth

From WWII shipwrecks to playful sea lions and Great Lakes adventures, Jill will share the expeditions from diving icebergs, inside submerged mines, wrecks and with playful animals across Canada’s four coasts.

12:15

THE SHOWBOAT-THE MOST HIGHLY DECORATED AMERICAN BATTLESHIP OF WWII

Barbara Bachman

1:00

1:45

TO BE DETERMINED

David Mekker & Durrell Martin

2:30

60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SINKING OF THE CARL D. BRADLEY

Jim & Pat Stayer

Jim and Pat share the story of Frank Mays the only living survivor of the sinking of the biggest ship on the Great Lakes, that is until the launching of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

3:15

THE SUNKEN TREASURE OF POVERTY ISLAND

Richard Bennett

The search for Civil War sunken treasure in Lake Michigan.

4:00

THE SENATOR:  HER DISCOVERY, THE PRECIOUS CARGO AND THE FIRST DIVES TO REACH HER 

John Janzen & Paul Ehorn

On October 31, 1929 the steel carrier Senator sank in Lake Michigan, claiming seven men and hundreds of Nash automobiles.  The ship remained lost until 2003 when Paul discovered her in 430 feet of water.

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