2018 Schedule

*This schedule can change at any time and is not a guarantee of attendance to any presentation.

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Time Key Ballroom Floral Ballroom Palms Ballroom

SATURDAY April 28th, 2018

8:00- 9:00 AM Registration Opens
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Exhibition Hall Open
9:00:00 AM-9:15:00 AM Welcome Session
9:30-10:30am Jessica Keller, Matt Vinzant, Jared Hires, Michael Thornton,  Anthony Tedeschi and moderated by Scott Sanders

Inside The Minds Of Millennial Tech Divers

Talk with a panel of professional explorers, underwater archeologists, tech instructors, manufacturers and photographers about how they’ve progressed from a young age and made a career in the dive industry. Read More

Dr. Peter Buzzacott

TECH DIVING NEAR MISSES, INJURIES AND FATALITIES IN THE DAN DATABASE

Diving with the isolator valve closed, breathing from the wrong tank, taking in a mouthful of caustic cocktail, these are the tech diving incident reports DAN collects. Read More

Jens Meisner

MANAGING (THE TRANSITION TO) TEC DIVING

This interactive workshop aims to collect and condense 'good managing practices' to create a 'quick reference card' for new technical divers. Read More

11:00-12:00pm Dr. Simon Mitchell, Dr. Nick Gant

Hypoxia: Insights into a Silent Killer

When divers start using mixed gases for deep diving, and / or rebreathers, we almost inevitably create opportunities for mistakes that might lead to us inspiring a gas that contains insufficient oxygen to maintain normal body oxygenation. Read More

Nathalie Lasselin

Aqua Incognita- Cave Diving In China

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Beatrice Rivoira

HAZARDS OF DIVING IN MOUNTAIN CREEKS AND GORGES

Many divers, even with great open water experience, had underestimated these places during the years and a lot of deadly accidents had happened. We will analyse some of them and talk about the chains of events and choices that had lead to the fatal end. Read More

12:30-1:30pm Dr. Neal Pollock

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Charlie Roberson/Jon Bernot

LONG-RANGE CAVE EXPLORATION IN THE SUWANNEE RIVER BASIN

Discussion of their ongoing exploration of the Falmouth-Cathedral and Lineater cave systems. Read More

Brett Seymour

Recovering the Past

The use of technical diving to honor the lost of WWII B-24 Liberator “Tulsamerican” lost during mission to occupied Poland on December 17, 1944. Read More

2:45-3:45pm Joshua Thornton

Achieving Peak Performance in Technical Diving

Fast-paced discussion about techniques which will allow virtually anyone with a serious interest to achieve an “expert level” as a technical diver.

Paul Toomer

Real Life Rescue

Technical divers of all levels will find this presentation beneficial as a examination of their own practices and the divers they surround with whom they surround themselves. Read More

Rod McDonald

HMS Hampshire

On 5 June 1916, the 10,850-ton British armoured cruiser Hampshire, carrying the UK Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener and his staff on a secret mission from Scapa Flow to Archangel in the White Sea of northern Russia, struck a German mine laid by a U-boat off the north west tip of Orkney mine. She sank within 15 minutes with the loss of 737 souls. There were only 12 survivors. Read More See A Preview

4:15-5:15pm CCR- What's Next? 

Horst Dederichs, Lamar Hires, Leon Scamahorn, Michael Thornton, Divesoft, 

Moderated by Randy Thornton

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Pete Mesley

THE DEEP WRECKS OF GUADALCANAL

If wreck diving is your passion, you will not want to miss this! See A Preview

Gareth Lock vs. David Concannon

Releasing Accident Information: The Conflict Between Learning From Experience and Threat of Litigation

A look at the significant challenges involved in resolving the conflict between the litigious nature of society, which protects information and seeks to assign fault, and the need to share detailed and context rich information to show Read More

Sunday April 29th, 2018

8:30- 9:30 AM Registration Opens
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Exhibition Hall Open
9:30-10:30am Dr. David Doolette

IN-WATER RECOMPRESSION: EXPERT DIVING MEDICINE COMMITTEE OPINION

In June 2018 a committee of diving medicine experts revised guidelines for the prehospital management of decompression illness. This talk will review the evidence that this committee used to reach their cautious, qualified endorsement of in-water recompression in some circumstances. Read More

Gareth Lock

There Is A Problem With Checklists In Technical Diving

This engaging and challenging presentation will highlight why checklists are doomed to failure in technical diving unless their real purpose is understood and explaining why relying on them to solve the safety problem is flawed. Read More

Tom Crisp

THE PUSH FOR MORE

How a team of explorers evolved from simple reconnaissance missions to full expeditions over a period of four years. Read More See More

11:00-12:00pm Randy Thornton

Why do Technical Dive Teams Fail?

Team dynamics are taught at the earliest stages of dive training. Why is it then that we consistently see experienced dive teams break down at crucial moments resulting in mishaps and fatalities?

Kirill Egerov

Photography in Extreme Environments

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Doug Ebersole MD

Immersion Pulmonary Edema

What We Know, and What We Don't-  Immersion pulmonary edema is a life threatening condition that affects both surface swimmers and divers and frequently occurs in otherwise healthy, or even athletic, individuals. Read More

12:30-1:30pm Dr. Simon Mitchell

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David Concannon

Where Explorers Go, Attorneys Follow

Insights that will help you avoid becoming either a defendant or a statistic, in a warm and friendly environment that is open to friends and enemies alike. Read More

Bartek Ra

THE BOX KI SIN EXPLORATION PROJECT

An inside look at the cave exploration project. See A Preivew

2:45-3:45pm German Arango, Tom Steiner, Joanna Mikutowicz, Guy Shockey, and moderator Lauren Kieren.

BUILDING A TECHNICAL DIVING HOT SPOT

A technical diving hotspot is a community of divers in a particular area or region who share a common spirit and inspire enthusiasm and commitment within the team and hold a strong regard for the development of diving standards and safety for the group. Read More

Dr. Peter Buzzacott

CAVE DIVING FATALITIES MONITORING AND PREVENTION

This presentation will cover the history of cave diving fatality monitoring and prevention, a description of the current status and consider potential initiatives for the future. Read More

Pete Mesley

Photography Workshop

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4:15-5:15pm Dr. Simon Mitchell, Dr. Neal Pollock, Dr. David DooletteDoug Ebersole MD, Andrew Pitkin MD, Moderated by Dr. Dawn Kernagis

Developments in Safety Management and Diving Research

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John Kendall

3D PHOTOGRAMMETRY – THE FUTURE OF DEEP WATER ARCHAEOLOGY

Our ability to document what lies on these deep sites has been limited to a few photographs, or some video, but it has not been realistically possible to properly research and document these sites. With the advent of digital photogrammetry it is now possible for us to scan a wreck site and bring back high resolution digital 3D models... Read More

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WARNING: Scuba diving is an inherently dangerous sport that can result in serious injury or death if you do not receive the proper training and practice safe diving techniques. The ideas, topics and material presented at TEKDiveUSA are those of the presentor, and TEKDiveUSA LLC does not endorse, support, advocate or accept liability for any of said material / content.

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