2018 Our World Underwater

Dive & Travel Show

Chicago, Illinois

Seminar Schedule
5 Rooms – Over 100 Seminars
Saturday,  February 17th

10:00

Dive the World Room – Salon 8

SHIPWRECKS OF GUADALCANAL AND SOLOMON ISLANDS

Barbara Buchanan

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”.

10:00

Wonders of the Sea Room – Salon 9

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.

10:00

Dive with a Pro – Salon 10

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 areas protected by law.

10:00

Shipwreck Room – Chicago G

THE LOST INTRUDER, THE SEARCH FOR A MISSING NAVY JET

Peter Hunt

In November, 1989, a Navy A-6 Intruder suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure and crashed off Whidley Island.  Twenty-five years later Peter Hunt  discovered the lost aircraft.

10:45

Expo Floor

SAFETY RULES FOR CENOTES/CAVERN

Alessandra Figari of Enjoy Diving Mexico (Booth 56)

10:45

Dive the World Room – Salon 8

ST. Croix Waters

Jennifer Idol

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

10:45

Wonders of the Sea Room – Salon 9

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.

10:45

Dive with a Pro – Salon 10

Increase your diving pleasure and get the money shots – Animal Behavior

Jim & Pat Stayer

Jim and Pat will share some video examples from their library to divers find creatures and better understand the underwater world.

10:45

Shipwreck Room – Chicago G

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.

11:30

Expo Floor

MAYAN PRINCESS BEACH & DIVE RESORT

Antonio Moncada of Mayan Princess (Booth 34)

11:30

Dive the World Room – Salon 8

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.

11:30

Wonders of the Sea Room – Salon 9

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.

11:30

Dive with a Pro Room – Salon 10

PERILS OF ARTISANAL DIVERS IN THE AMERICAS

Matias Nochetto, MD of DAN (Booth 56)

11:30

Shipwreck Room – Chicago G

SURFACE SUPPLIED WRECK DIVING

Peter Venoutsous

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

Expo Floor

ROATAN’S BEST DIVE VALUE

Jesus Reyes of Turquoise Bay Resort (Booth 35)

12:15

Dive the World Room  – Salon 8

RMS RHONE

Paul Cater Deaton

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

12:15

Wonders of the Sea Room Salon 9

To Be Announced

To Be Announced

12:15

Dive with a Pro Room – Salon 10

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.

12:15

Shipwreck Room – Chicago G

MYTHS & MYSTERIES: INVESTIGATION OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE SHIP, ROUSE SIMMONS

Tamara Thomsen

Discover the true story of the Christmas Tree Ship Rouse Simmons learned from archaeological analysis of the wreck site.

1:00

Expo Floor

INSIDER DIVE AND ADVENTURE TRAVEL SECRETS: Q & A SESSION WITH PRIZE GIVE-A-WAY

Richard Woulfe of RichTravels (Booth 38)

1:00

Dive the World Room – Salon 8

Lionfish: A diver’s call to action!

Brady Hale, Texas Lionfish Control Unit

Lionfish are an invasive species that are decimating the reefs by consuming our native reef fish.  Marine Biologist are calling this an “ecological disaster”.  Come and hear the latest research and information about the lionfish invasion, and most importantly what you as a diver can do about.  Get involved in the safe keeping of our reefs and ocean.  Learn how you can participate in cleaning our reefs of lionfish properly while you are on vacation and here at home.

1:00

Wonders of the Sea Room – Salon 9

SIGNALS FROM A MELTING EARTH

 Michael Aw of Ocean Geographic (Booth 3)
Our World Underwater 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award Winner

1:00

Dive with a Pro Room – Salon 10

HOW TO GET THAT GREAT SHOT!

Lynn Funkhouser

Tips for getting those award winning images.

1:00

Shipwreck Room – Chicago G

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

Expo Floor

DISCOVER THE AGGRESSOR FLEET LIVEABOARD LIFESTYLE!

Samantha Whitcraft 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.

1:45

Dive the World Room – Salon 8

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.

1:45

Wonders of the Sea Room – Salon 9

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.

1:45

Dive with a Pro Room – Salon 10

LET THERE 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.

1:45

Shipwreck Room – Chicago G

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

Expo Floor

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Rocio Del Mar (Booth 102)

2:30

Dive the World Room – Salon 8

Pushing BoundAries

Join John Bright, Research Coordinator for Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, on a ‘deep dive’ into the story behind the discovery of two historical shipwrecks in Lake Huron during the summer of 2017.

2:30

Wonders of the Sea Room – Salon 9

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.

2:30

Dive with a Pro Room – Salon 10

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.

2:30

Shipwreck Room – Chicago G

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

Expo Floor

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”.

3:15

Dive the World Room – Salon 8

Wrecks, Ice, & Big Animals – 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.

3:15

Wonders of the Sea Room – Salon 9

JEWELS OF RHODE ISLAND

Steve Arnam

3:15

Dive with a Pro Room – Salon 10

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…..

3:15

Shipwreck Room – Chicago G

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

Expo Floor

ST. LUCIA’S DIVING DELIGHTS

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

4:00

Dive the World Room – Salon 8

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.

4:00

Wonders of the Sea Room – Salon 9

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.

4:00

Dive with a Pro Room  – Salon 10

11th HOUR HEROES

Dr. Larry McKenna of SOLO (Booth 78)

Larry will explain his new program for saving our oceans.

4:00

Shipwreck Room – Chicago G

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

Expo Floor

COCO VIEW RESORT

Patty Grier (Booth 81)

4:45

Dive The World – Salon 8

Gangga Divers

Rudy Whitworth

At the heart of the North Sulawesi, Indonesia – Gangga Divers can provide it all!

4:45

Wonders of the Sea Room – Salon 9

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.

4:45

Dive with a Pro Room – Salon 10

Microbial Caves of Mexico

Natalie Gibb

4:45

Shipwreck Room – Chicago G

MYSTERY WRECK

Steve Arnam

Plotting a new dive site.

Sunday,  February 18th

10:00

Expo Floor

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Rocio Del Mar (Booth 102)

Experience Diving with a Purpose through Citizen Science Expeditions.

10:00

Dive the World Room – Salon 8

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.

10:00

Wonders of the Sea Room – Salon 9

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.

10:00

Dive with a Pro Room – Salon 10

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.

10:00

Shipwreck Room – Chicago G

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

Expo Floor

SAFETY RULES FOR CENOTES/CAVERN

Alessandra Figari of Enjoy Diving Mexico (Booth 59)

10:45

Dive the World Room – Salon 8

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.

10:45

Wonders of the Sea Room – Salon 9

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.

10:45

Dive with a Pro Room – Salon 10

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.

10:45

Shipwreck Room – Chicago G

INVESTIGATING DEEP WATER SHIPWRECKS OF THE GREAT LAKES WITH ROVs

Tamara Thomsen & Tom Crossmon

 

Explore three of the newest and deepest shipwrecks in the Great Lakes using prototype ROV technology

11:30

Expo Floor

INSIDER DIVE AND ADVENTURE TRAVEL SECRETS:Q & A SESSION WITH PRIZE GIVE-A-WAY

Richard Woulfe of RichTravels (Booth 38)

11:30

Dive the World Room – Salon 8

Wine Diving in CROATIA

Paul Cater Deaton

 

Croatia is a land of beauty, history, olives and wine. Its undersea world offers serene captivating dive sites.

11:30

Wonders of the Sea Room – Salon9

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.

11:30

Dive with a Pro Room – Salon 10

TANGLED UP IN BLUE

Leandro Blanco

Follow Leandro on a mystical trip.

11:30

Shipwreck Room – Chicago G

THE SHOWBOAT-THE MOST HIGHLY DECORATED AMERICAN BATTLESHIP OF WWII

Barbara Buchanan

12:15

Expo Floor

MAYAN PRINCESS BEACH & DIVE RESORT

Antonio Moncada of Mayan Princess (Booth 34)

12:15

Dive the World Room – Salon 8

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

12:15

Wonders of the Sea Room – Salon 9

Special Presentation

Michael Aw of Ocean Geographic (Booth 3)

 

Our World Underwater 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award Winner

12:15

Dive with a Pro Room – Salon 10

4K VIDEO AND BEYOND

Annie Crawley of Dive Into Your Imagination (Booth 70)

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.

12:15

Shipwrecks Room – Chicago G

SHIPWRECKS OF MALAYSIA

Rudy Whitworth

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

1:00

Expo Floor

ROATAN’S BEST DIVE VALUE

Jesus Reyes of Turquoise Bay Resort (Booth 35)

1:00

Dive the World – Salon 8

Lionfish:

Brady Hale, Texas Lionfish Control Unit

Lionfish are an invasive species that are decimating the reefs by consuming our native reef fish.  Marine Biologist are calling this an “ecological disaster”.  Come and hear the latest research and information about the lionfish invasion, and most importantly what you as a diver can do about.  Get involved in the safe keeping of our reefs and ocean.  Learn how you can participate in cleaning our reefs of lionfish properly while you are on vacation and here at home.

1:00

Wonders of the Sea Room – Salon 9

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.

1:00

Dive with a Pro Room – Salon 10

GREENLAND: THE VANISHING FRONTIER

Michael Salvarezza & Christopher Weaver

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

1:00

Shipwreck Room – Chicago G

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

Barbara Buchanan

1:45

Expo Floor

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”.

1:45

Dive the World Room – Salon 8

GUADALUPE: ABOVE & BELOW

Peter Venoutsos

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

1:45

Wonders of the Sea Room – Salon 9

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.

1:45

Dive with a Pro Room – Salon 10

REMOTE OPERATIONS INJURY MANAGEMENT

Matias Nochetto, MD of DAN (Booth 56)

 

Selected real case will generate discussion for preventive measures and emergency procedures

1:45

Shipwreck Room – Chicago G

CELEBRATE CANADA’S 150TH BIRTHDAY IN FATHOM FIVE NATIONAL MARINE PARK

David Mekker & Durrell Martin

2:30

Expo Floor

OUR OCEAN AND YOU!

Annie Crawley of Dive Into Your Imagination (Booth 70)

2:30

Dive the World Room – Salon 8

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.

2:30

Wonders of the Sea Room – Salon 9

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.

2:30

Dive with a Pro Room – Salon 10

Cabo Pulmo

Steve Arnam

2:30

Shipwreck Room – Chicago G

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

Expo Floor

THE CLEARLY CAYMAN RESORTS

(Booth 44)

3:15

Dive the World Room – Salon 8

THE BIG FIVE DIVE

Stephanie Gandulla of Thunder Bay Marine

The Big Five Dive is an adventure documentary about a group of women attempting to dive one historic site in all five Great Lakes in under 24 hours, in an effort to raise awareness of women in SCUBA diving, a historically male-dominated sport and career. Set against the backdrop of some of the Great Lakes estimated 6,000 shipwrecks, this group of women show that there is a place for everyone underwater

3:15

Wonders of the Sea Room – Salon 9

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.

3:15

Dive with a Pro Room – Salon 10

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.

3:15

Shipwreck Room – Chicago G

THE SUNKEN TREASURE OF POVERTY ISLAND

Richard Bennett

The search for Civil War sunken treasure in Lake Michigan.

4:00

Expo Floor

11th HOUR HEROES

Dr. Larry McKenna of SOLO (Booth 78)

Larry will explain his new program for saving our oceans.

4:00

Dive the World Room – Salon 8

TBA

4:00

Wonders of the Sea Room – Salon 9

TO BE ANNOUNCED

4:00

Dive with a Pro Room – Salon 10

Citizen Science Meets Cave Diving

Natalie Gibb

 

4:00

Shipwreck Room – Chicago G

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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