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GO Diving is implementing an strong lineup of world-class dive show speakers. Our dive show speakers will be running talks, discussion panels and masterclasses throughout the event. There will be opportunities to meet and greet with our dive show speakers. We will be announcing new dive show speakers every months leading up to the show.

Saturday Speaking Times (Click to Expand)

MAIN STAGESPEAKERSUBJECT
10.20am – 11amJill HeinerthThe journey of an iceberg
11.10am – 11.50amAndy TorbetExtreme diving on TV
12noon – 12.50pmMehgan Heaney-GrierA freediving evolution – exploration, adventure and purpose
1pm – 1.50pmLinden WolbertThe world of ocean ‘edutainment’
2pm – 2.50pmMiranda KrestovnikoffBritish marine life
3pm – 3.50pmUmberto PelizzariFireside chat’ Q&A with DeeperBlue’s Stephan Whelan
4pm – 4.50pmMonty HallsMy Family and the Galapagos
PHOTO STAGESPEAKERSUBJECT
10.30am – 10.55amMario VitaliniWide-angle shooting
11am – 11.25amAnne and Phil MedcalfHow editing can transform your underwater images
11.30am – 11.55amBryan StanislasUnderwater Filming, Equipment
12noon – 12.25pmPaul DuxfieldBasic set-up
12.30pm – 12.55pmStuart PhilpottThe art of Modelling
1pm – 1.25pmJason BrownLighting and the use of remote strobes
1.30pm – 1.55pmByron ConroyFirst time on a magazine assignment
2pm – 2.25pmEllen CuylaertsMarine life
2.30pm – 2.55pmJane MorganBasic manual control
3pm – 3.25pmMartyn GuessMacro shooting
3.30pm – 3.55pmSimon RogersonShooting for magazines
4pm – 4.25pmJeremy CuffOff the beaten track
4.30pm – 4.55pmPhil MedcalfFinding the photographer’s mindset
5pm – 5.25pmSaeed Rashid/Dean MartinYour first photo workshop
TECH STAGESPEAKERSUBJECT
10.30am – 10.55amGarry DallasThe Divers’ Psyche
11am – 11.25amJohn KendallThe art of 3D photogrammetry
11.30am – 11.55amPatrick VoormaThe ghost fleet of Durban
12noon – 12.25pmTim ClementsCitizen science projects
12.30pm – 12.55pmPhil ShortA life underground – 30 years of cave exploration
1pm – 1.25pmLeigh BishopDeep wreck photography and UK shipwrecks
1.30pm – 1.55pmWill SchwarzTech diving – pushing the normal boundaries
2pm – 2.25pmChris JewellGetting started in cave diving/Thai cave rescue
2.30pm – 2.55pmTomasz StachuraThe Baltic Titanics – Gustloff, Goya and Stauben
3pm – 3.25pmSally CartwrightThe recovery of Bluebird
3.30pm – 3.55pmMike and Robert ThomasThe difference between mine and cave diving
4pm – 4.25pmGareth LockDiver as hero, diver as villain – learning from ‘human error’
4.30pm – 4.55pmChantelle Taylor-NewmanRemote dive medicine
5pm – 5.30pmMark PowellTraining doesn’t work – why problems occur and divers don’t listen to their training
INSPIRATION STAGESPEAKERSUBJECT
10.30am – 10.55amRich Somerset (PADI)Q&A with PADI Ambassadiver Luca Hales (age 13)
11am – 11.25amGemma SmithBehind the scenes of Dive Odyssey
11.30am – 12.25pmJill Heinerth & Mark PowellJill Heinerth chats to Mark Powell about this legendary dive destination
12.30pm – 12.55pmSarah RichardsGirls that Scuba
1pm – 1.25pmRichard CullenThe work of Deptherapy
1.30pm – 1.55pmSSI/Mares/ReVoThe ‘birth’ of a new sport rebreather
2pm – 2.25pmRich WalkerThe work of Ghost Fishing UK
2.30pm – 2.55pmAndy Jarvis (BSAC)Getting started in scuba diving – expert advice for beginners
3pm – 3.25pmNick LyonHumorous look at the ‘evolution of the British diver’
3.30pm – 3.55pmRosemary LunnThe allure of UK sea diving / Above 18m
4pm – 4.25pmRoisin MaddisonGetting started in the world of underwater photography
4.30pm – 5pmOlivier van Overbeek (RAID)The evolution of dive education
TRAVEL STAGESPEAKER
10am – 10.25amLembeh Resort
10.30am – 10.55amValkyrie liveaboard
11am – 11.25amDiverse Travel
11.30am – 11.55amPelagic Fleet
12noon – 12.25pmDive Worldwide
12.30pm – 12.55pmWakatobi Dive Resort
1pm – 1.25pmScuba Travel
1.30pm – 1.55pmAll-Star Liveaboards
2pm – 2.25pmBunaken Oasis
2.30pm – 2.55pmDive Safari Asia
3pm – 3.25pmAggressor Fleet
3.30pm – 3.55pmOcean Quest Newfoundland
4pm – 4.25pmNautilus Liveaboards
4.30pm – 4.55pmDive into Ambon
5pm – 5.25pmGreat Escape Diving
FREEDIVER STAGESPEAKERSUBJECT
10.30am-11.15amLinden WolbertQ&A with DeeperBlue’s Stephan Whelan
11.20am-12noonEmma FarrellThe Blue Abyss Project
12.05pm-1pmStig SeverinsenOptimised human performance – the benefits of proper breathing and breath holding
1.05pm-1.50pmAndy TorbetExtreme snorkelling
2pm-2.45pmMehgan Heaney-Grier5 lessons freediving can teach everyone about life on land
4pm-5pmUmberto PelizzariBreathing technique masterclass

Sunday Speaking Times (Click to Expand)

MAIN STAGESPEAKERSUBJECT
10.20am – 11amJill HeinerthExplorations in Excellence
11.10am – 11.50amUmberto PelizzariFireside chat’ Q&A with DeeperBlue’s Stephan Whelan
12noon – 12.50pmMiranda KrestovnikoffBritish marine life
1pm – 1.50pmLinden WolbertThe experiences of a professional mermaid
2pm – 2.50pmMehgan Heaney-GrierFireside chat’ Q&A with DeeperBlue’s Stephan Whelan
3pm – 3.50pmAndy TorbetExtreme diving on TV
4pm – 4.50pmMonty HallsMy Family and the Galapagos
PHOTO STAGESPEAKERSUBJECT
10.30am – 10.55amMario VitaliniWide-angle shooting
11am – 11.25amAnne and Phil MedcalfHow editing can transform your underwater images
11.30am – 11.55amBryan StanislasHow To Become An Underwater Media Professional
12noon – 12.25pmPaul DuxfieldBasic set-up
12.30pm – 12.55pmStuart PhilpottThe art of Modelling
1pm – 1.25pmJason BrownLighting and the use of remote strobes
1.30pm – 1.55pmByron ConroyFirst time on a magazine assignment
2pm – 2.25pmEllen CuylaertsMarine life
2.30pm – 2.55pmJane MorganBasic manual control
3pm – 3.25pmMartyn GuessMacro shooting
3.30pm – 5pmAlex Mustard MBEUnderwater Photographer of the Year
TECH STAGESPEAKERSUBJECT
10.30am – 10.55amOlivier van OverbeekThe evolution of dive training
11am – 11.25amJohn KendallThe art of 3D photogrammetry
11.30am – 11.55amPatrick VoormaThe ghost fleet of Durban
12noon – 12.25pmTim ClementsCitizen science projects
12.30pm – 12.55pmPhil ShortA life underground – 30 years of cave exploration
1pm – 1.25pmLeigh BishopDeep wreck photography and UK shipwrecks
1.30pm – 1.55pmPeter RoutledgeNorth Sea tech diving and what to expect on an expedition
2pm – 2.25pmMark PowellTraining doesn’t work – why problems occur and divers don’t listen to their training
2.30pm – 2.55pmTomasz StachuraExpedition HMS Narwhal
3pm – 3.25pmSally CartwrightThe recovery of Bluebird
3.30pm – 3.55pmMike and Robert ThomasThe difference between mine and cave diving
4pm – 4.25pmGareth LockDiver as hero, diver as villain – learning from ‘human error’
4.30pm – 4.55pmChantelle Taylor-NewmanRemote dive medicine
INSPIRATION STAGESPEAKERSUBJECT
10.30am – 10.55amRich Somerset (PADI)Q&A with PADI Ambassadiver Luca Hales (age 13)
11am – 11.25amGemma SmithBehind the scenes of Dive Odyssey
11.30am – 12.25pmJill Heinerth & Mark PowellJill Heinerth chats to Mark Powell about this legendary dive destination
12.30pm – 12.55pmLanny VogelGetting into cave diving
1pm – 1.25pmRichard CullenThe work of Deptherapy
1.30pm – 1.55pmSSI/Mares/ReVoThe ‘birth’ of a new sport rebreather
2pm – 2.25pmRich WalkerThe work of Ghost Fishing UK
2.30pm – 2.55pmAndy Jarvis (BSAC)Getting started in scuba diving – expert advice for beginners
3pm – 3.25pmNick LyonHumorous look at the ‘evolution of the British diver’
3.30pm – 3.55pmRosemary LunnThe allure of UK sea diving / Above 18m
4pm – 4.25pmRoisin MaddisonGetting started in the world of underwater photography
4.30pm – 5pmPaul ‘Duxy’ Duxfield and Ellen CuylaertsRAID photography
TRAVEL STAGESPEAKER
10am – 10.25amRegaldive
10.30am – 10.55amSolitude
11am – 11.25amblue o two
11.30am – 11.55amBritish Virgin Islands
12noon – 12.25pmCaribbean Fun Travel
12.30pm – 12.55pmDewi Nusantara
1pm – 1.25pmScuba TravelAlex Mustard – Photo Opportunities in the Red Sea
1.30pm – 1.55pmProdivers
2pm – 2.25pmBuddy Dive
2.30pm – 2.55pmMike Ball
3pm – 3.25pmGrenada Tourism Authority
3.30pm – 3.55pmMagmadive
4pm – 4.25pmInfiniti
4.30pm – 5pmDive into Lembeh
FREEDIVER STAGESPEAKERSUBJECT
10.30am-11.15amMehgan Heaney-Grier5 lessons freediving can teach everyone about life on land
11.20am-12noonEmma FarrellThe Blue Abyss Project
12.05am-12.50pmUmberto PelizzariEqualisation technique masterclass
1pm-1.55pmStig SeverinsenOptimised human performance – the benefits of proper breathing and breath holding
2pm-2.45pmAndy TorbetExtreme snorkelling
3.10pm-3.45pmLinden WolbertQ&A with DeeperBlue’s Stephan Whelan
3.55pm-4.30pmSteve MillardFreediving in the UK

Who are our headline dive show speakers

Andy Torbet

Andy Torbet

Andy Torbet is a professional underwater explorer, cave and technical diver, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Member of The Explorers’ Club.

 

At last count he’s written over 200 articles and presented on 21 TV series, including programmes which saw him dive HMHS Britannic, under iceberg in the Arctic, inside glaciers in Greenland, freedive under Alaskan ice, with giant spider crabs in Japan, pilot the Oceanworks 1ATM Hardsuit and dive shipwrecks and caves all around the world.

 

He’s been lead diver and supervisor on a number of archaeological and scientific expeditions, and spent ten years in the British Forces where one of his roles was commander of the Army’s Underwater Bomb Disposal Unit.

 

He’s also a professional skydiver and climber, amateur father and seems to spend half his life living out of his campervan.

Monty Halls

Monty Halls

A former Royal Marines Officer who worked for Nelson Mandela during the peace process in the early 1990s, Monty left the forces to pursue a career in expeditions, travel journalism, and marine biology. Monty has since led teams in some of the most-challenging environments on Earth, presented numerous multi-award-winning documentaries, launched his own production company, and become a renowned inspirational speaker and writer. He has also developed a one-of-a-kind leadership and team building system for the professional and education sectors.

 

Monty is a Land Rover global ambassador, president of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, a Help for Heroes patron and numerous conservation organisations.
He is best known for his three BBC2 series Great Escapes, where he lived on the west coasts of Scotland and Ireland with his dog Reuben. He also presented the multi-award-winning series Great Barrier Reef. His next Channel Four series – My Family and the Galapagos – airs this Summer and features the whole Halls family in a poignant conservation mission to the Galapagos. He has written several books, and is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers, many of them communicating his enthusiasm for the natural world.

Miranda Krestovnikoff

Miranda Krestovnikoff

Born in land-locked Buckinghamshire, Miranda never thought she’d end up as a water baby, but an attractive vet in the queue for the scuba diving club at University persuaded her to sign up and she was lured into the underwater world, never to look back.

 

Little did she realise that diving would shape her career. Her very first job as a television presenter involved diving with reef sharks and her first shark bite! Presenting two series of Wreck Detectives for Channel 4, she went on to explore underwater wonders around the UK for BBC2’s BAFTA-award-winning series Coast. She now dives and presents wildlife stories on BBC1’s The One Show and has even presented radio programmes underwater for BBC Radio 4’s Costing the Earth and the BBC World Service.

 

Her husband and two children have no option but to follow suit and they are all divers, too. She writes regularly about her diving adventures in the UK and abroad and the challenges of taking family to farflung places to pursue her hobby. Her passion is to clean up and protect our precious waters so the next generation can enjoy them as she has done.

Dr Alex Mustard MBE

Dr Alex Mustard MBE

Dr Alex Mustard is a former marine biologist who is now widely regarded as one of the world’s leading underwater photographers. His images have won many international awards, including being regularly awarded in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

 

He has published several books, including his 2016 instructional book Underwater Photography Masterclass, which has rapidly become the most-sought-after title on the subject and was reprinted just two weeks after its launch. He is the founder of the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition, Associate Editor for Wetpixel.com and committee member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers.

 

In 2016 he received the ADEX Award for Extraordinary Contribution to Underwater Photography and in 2018 was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Umberto Pelizzari

Umberto Pelizzari

Umberto Pelizzari is an Italian freediver, widely considered among the best of all time. He’s the only one to have established world records in all freediving disciplines that existed at that time – Constant Weight, Variable Weight, and No Limits.

 

He became famous for his rivalry with another top freediver, Pipin Ferreras, originally a close training friend. In No-Limits, Pelizzari and Ferreras pushed each other deeper and deeper and became the focus of the 2001 IMAX production Ocean Men.

 

During his career, he achieved depths of 82m in Constant Weight, 131m in Variable, and 150m in No Limits. His best performance in static is 8’, and 19’56” (during medical tests) after breathing pure oxygen.

 

He’s also done work teaching, has worked on television shows, created the Apnea Academy, and authored the widely used Manual of Freediving.

Jill Heinerth

Jill Heinerth

More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places Jill Heinerth has explored right here on Earth. She is a veteran of over 30 years of filming, photography and exploration on projects in submerged caves around the world with National Geographic, NOAA, various educational institutions and television networks worldwide.

 

She is the inaugural Explorer-in-Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, recipient of Canada’s prestigious Polar Medal and the diving world’s highest award from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, the NOGI.

As a motivational speaker, Jill Heinerth educates and inspires people about our fascinating underwater world. Partnering with Penguin Random House in Canada and Harper Collins in the US, Jill will soon be releasing four new major-market, non-fiction and children’s books.